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Thursday, June 23, 2005
Kelo v. New Londona ruling for economic developers everywhere....
I just hope it doesn't become abused.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Campus Progress National Student ConferenceI'm in!
(Hopefully) I'll be liveblogging it as well. It's July 13th and speakers include Bill Clinton and others.
Are you going? Let me know and we can meet up!
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Endorsements and UpdatesHello stranger!
I haven't seen you in forever. Mainly because I had a horrible end of term rush, followed by a trip home and then the beginning of a new job.
Alas! It has all worked itself out. I ended my term with a 4.0! I even had two A+s! For those that requested copies of my housing paper, they're on their way so long as I have your email address.
ANYWAY... today is election day here in the burgh. I've taken quite a bit of time to decide who I'm going to vote for. That said, I'm offering endorsements to two lovely fellows...
Mayor: Michael Lamb
State Senator: Mark Rauterkaus
Despite a lackluster campaign season, I really do believe that Michael Lamb is the only one who can cause change in such a complex political environment.
Yesterday on my way home from Oakland at rush hour I passed three guys standing at a bus stop in front of the Carnegie Museum holding signs for Bob O'Connor. In Shadyside I passed Bill Peduto (dressed in a rather nice suit) holding a sign for himself next to what looked like a 15 year old boy in a suit (holding a Peduto sign of course). KDKA was there to film the scene. Despite being just... well... funny, I don't think it bodes well for Peduto.
That is all! Christilaw-Out!
P.S. go vote.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Michael Lamb is reading my mind... or maybe my blogI have successfully made it though all of my final papers, projects and tests- except one. I have a very large policy paper on downtown housing and economic development that I'm working on. It's due next Friday and its going to be amazing.
I've been doing a LOT of research for it. Now, for my faithful readers, you may remember me talking about using student housing as a means to drive downtown development. It can be found here if you missed it. The post was on January 30th, 2005. My post is the basic topic of my research paper. On February 22, 2005, the first part of the Lamb Plan for Pittsburgh unveiled. It wasn't much more than some writing on Act 47 at the time. He's been slowly adding to his collection of "solutions". Today, in the midst of research on my paper, I came back to the "solutions" and found this! Amazing!
Creating a 24-hour Downtown --- Student Housing
I think this is a sign that I'm a genius. What do you think?
Digging a bit more I found this pdf by Peduto that...sort of.. mentions the idea. Basically, he just mentions students as one category that would be housed downtown in the greater context of using tax abatement to spawn residential development.
O'Connor, on the other hand, only mentions in passing that he wants housing in the Golden Triangle (perhaps we should start referring to it as the Brass Triangle?) However, he has a firm grasp on the number of neighborhoods in Pgh- 88. I think it's because its the same number as his age.
In Summary: Hello to the Lamb campaign staff! Since we seem to think alike, maybe you can hire me??
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Trends!I meant to mention in my last post that I'm now well over 2000 hits since January. I think we're at about 2250 right now, which is amazing in my opinion. Especially since I've only written junk in my opinion. I've been considering posting my manifestos, but something tells me that a 70 page statistics paper isn't going to get read by many people.
Speaking of site statistics, I've noticed another trend. When I post, people come to my site to read it. That's pretty amazing too. I guess considering the way the feeds work, I shouldn't be surprised. However, I'm still a young punk, so I am. :-) Haha. Suckers. You came here to read navel-gazing posts! hehe.
Okay, more interesting stuff- I'm working on three papers. One, successfully completed, is a statistics paper dealing with the relationships (or lack thereof) between social and economic data worldwide.
The second, in process, is entitled "CyberEthics in the Public Sector:
How Technology Changes the Ethical Landscape of Administration
and Politics". It may be of more interest to you. It's very interesting to me.
The third, not started, is a policy paper discussing, in depth, the fifth-forbes housing plan and its potential impacts on downtown economic development.
Alright, back to work for me.......
Friday, April 15, 2005
Idaho Napoleon laws , Pedros House, and STUFFIdaho passed The. Best. Law. Ever.
Pedro's House is for sale.
And, I'm in the midst of finals mayheim. Each of my professors thought they were doing me a great service by making my papers and projects and tests early. Little did they know they weren't the only Pitt professor with a bright idea. And, alas, now ALL of my finals are nearly two weeks early. I'm working on about 100 pages of written text due between now and next Monday. So, no blogging, no webpage scanning, no activism, and not even a little bit of drinking liberally! But, fear not good readers, I shall return.
PS> It's karaoke night at Lounge. You have NO IDEA how much this is helping me write papers....uggggggggggghhhhhhhh.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Reports on Chuck from Erie...I was very lucky that my post (below) on Kos garnered about 250 comments and stayed recommended for a full day. I was even luckier to meet someone in the thread named Samantha- a mother of two that also became inspired by Chuck Pennacchio. Take a look at her post at Democratic Underground:
I left the event, thoroughly inspired and hopeful, fully aware that as a Pennsylvanian, I have an awesome opportunity to apply lessons learned from 2004 and fight the good fight this time. That is the only way to get our country back. So giddy with hope and inspiration, I forgot that my gas tank was on 'E'.
Make sure you check the full post at DU. There's more to the story and its all fabulous. Samantha's also got some great ideas on how we can help Chuck- ideas I'll be passing along to my blogging friends and fellow Chuck supporters in the next few days.
Welcome to the fight, Sam!