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Recently there has been much discussion about the various means of public support for private historic rehabilitation and other construction projects. There has been criticism, some of it justified, of specific instances of the use of government tools – such as tax-stabilization acts – for promotion of economic activity. While this type of review is always healthy, there is a distinct danger that the larger picture will be missed. more
A recent study by independent media regulator Ofcom confirmed what most employers are starting to see in their companies: 16- to 24- year olds prefer texting over voice calls and other e-messages. Also, 97 percent of this age group text at least once each day, whereas only 67 percent of this group talks on the phone daily. more
Technology giants like Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon – along with the data analysts at legacy media companies like Disney and Time Warner – spend their days trying to seduce their audiences by creating ultra-targeted streams of news, television clips, opinions and other pop-culture ephemera. When members of that same audience log on to social networks, Hulu accounts, Netflix or Amazon Prime they consume ads, videos and news items that cater to what the algorithms driving those services believe users want. more
“There Were No Convictions of Bankers for Good Reason” is the headline of a post by Mark F. Pomerantz, a lawyer and retired partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in The New York Times’ Room for Debate discussion: more
In 2002, the state passed enabling legislation, the Rhode Island Stormwater Management and Utility Act that allows cities and towns to establish stormwater utilities. more
To the Editor: With just weeks left in the current state legislative session, Rhode Island lawmakers must not pass up the opportunity to act on climate change by passing two key bills. more
To the Editor: In a recent article (“Allens Avenue bizs move to keep out mixed use,” May 26, 2014), Providence Business News reported that Allens Avenue business owners were against mixed-use development along the Allens Avenue waterfront. more
Kickstarter, the service whose name has become synonymous with crowdfunding, has simplified its rules and will cut down on vetting projects. This controversial move is designed to reinforce a truth the current money-oriented startup community keeps forgetting: If an idea is crazy and unfeasible, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be funded. more
In the hoopla over whether Thomas Piketty’s data on growing global inequality are correct, an important question about how to address the problem has been obscured. Piketty describes his own global wealth-tax idea as more of a “useful utopia” than a practical policy suggestion. Is there anything more plausible that can be done? more
To the Editor: In response to your recent article (“Bill to create national park unit in Blackstone River Valley clears House committee,” Sept. 22, 2014), the National Parks Conservation Association greatly welcomes the opportunity to add the historic Blackstone River Valley into the National Park System for all Americans to experience and enjoy. more
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