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    Engaged Communities

    Watch Charlotte grow... foot and bicycle traffic

    June 27, 2014, 10 a.m., Posted by Mary Newsom

    Photo: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park is one of Chicago's treasured public spaces. Credit: Mary Newsom. This article is cross-posted from Charlotte resident Mary Newsom's Naked City Blog.

    CHICAGO – Can Charlotte ever become an authentically walkable and bikable city?

    I’ve just spent three days at a conference encouraging cities to overcome obstacles that keep them from achieving that goal.

    The conference was sponsored by a group called 8-80 Cities. The idea behind that name is that cities should be designed for kids of 8 as well as adults of 80. The first group can’t drive and must walk or bicycle; the 80-year-olds may have already lost or be about to lose the ability to drive from hearing, vision, mental acuity or other age-related factors.


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    DocumentCloud to expand basic features, add premium service

    June 27, 2014, 8:58 a.m., Posted by Mark Horvit and Ted Han

    Above: The Documentcloud application helps digest records for journalists. Mark Horvit is executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, which hosts DocumentCloud, and Ted Han is lead developer of DocumentCloud, a 2009 and 2011 Knight News Challenge winner.

    Working on DocumentCloud has been thrilling and humbling.

    Hundreds of news organizations on every continent except Antarctica have used the platform to upload just shy of 15 million pages; that’s 1.1 million documents. They are using DocumentCloud to analyze those documents, add comments to provide deeper meaning, and put the material in the hands of the public.

    And the public is paying attention: Readers have viewed those documents more than 200 million times.

    What have they been reading? Everything from Sarah Palin’s emails to copies of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling annotated by legal experts. From Wikileaks memos to audits of the local sheriff’s department. From Edward Snowden’s leaked documents to municipal budgets.

    Quantity isn’t always quality; we’re fortunate to have both.

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    Ohio Shakespeare Festival to begin its 13th summer of the Bard of Avon’s classics

    June 27, 2014, 8:49 a.m., Posted by rdurbin

    Ohio Shakespeare Festival, a Knight Arts grantee, shows clearly that the Renaissance poetic feat of the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, is not only accessible for audiences some 500 years later, but utterly enjoyable to watch. In his comedies, Shakespeare can be a hoot, especially the way he depicts what...

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