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    Arts

    Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival launches with outstanding Ballet Hispanico

    July 23, 2014, 12:42 p.m., Posted by rdurbin

    The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, a Knight arts grantee, began with a flourish as Ballet Hispanico, a New York-based dance troupe, kicked off the eighth annual (and the city of Akron’s 41st annual) dancing-in-the-park happening. Ballet Hispanico, led by Eduardo Vilaro, sets as its focus Latino cultures. But as...

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    ARTshare venture may turn around fortunes of Southern Theater in Minneapolis

    July 23, 2014, 12:24 p.m., Posted by sschouweiler

    Photo courtesy of Live Action Set, one of ARTshare's 15 resident companies Just a few years ago, Minneapolis’ Southern Theater was at the brink of bankruptcy, but after years as a venue-for-rent, the Southern just might have found a way to turn its fortunes around permanently....

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    Journalism

    ZoningCheck helps entrepreneurs find a home for their next business

    July 23, 2014, 8 a.m., Posted by Peter Koht and Joel Mahoney

    Peter Koht and Joel Mahoney are co-founders of OpenCounter, a winner of the 2013 Knight News Challenge: Open Gov. Below, they write about their work and the launch of their latest project, ZoningCheck.

    To most citizens, zoning is invisible: We’re aware of it in the abstract, but it doesn’t seem to affect our daily lives. But if you’re an entrepreneur trying to open a business, zoning has a direct and immediate impact on your plans and your pocketbook.

    Thanks to the support of Knight Foundation, we’re announcing a new product that will help entrepreneurs navigate the zoning clearance process. We call it ZoningCheck.

    Here’s where it will help: Like the computer code that powers our laptops and mobile phones, the legal code that runs a city is dense and difficult to understand. There’s a lot of jargon, references to other documents, and all the narrative tension of a phone book.

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