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I want to take this moment to thank the man who wrote this short, but awesome letter into Yes! Weekly as a result of my winning and having an essay published in the January 1 issue of the alt weekly. One of the things he said was that I have a bright future ahead of me, which is true, hence the title of today’s post. I also want to take a moment and thank everyone who’s been reading either by email, or by blog or by both. I will be returning to regular essays, along with a few more surprises as the year goes on. I wouldn’t have a platform or a need to continue this version of my writing life without you and I am thankful for that.

And now, the news:

These elderly men raise a lot the same issues we witnessed here in Greensboro over the summer (thankfully, nobody fought in Queens). Should businesses that provide amenities that encourage gathering and socializing, but not so much purchasing be surprised when more of the former happens than the later?

Need to walk properly? Ask this UNCG professor.

My alma mater(the first one) will be leading President Obama’s new manufacturing initiative.

Are we shutting out families in our cities?

The last thing you need to do is flat-out say that you don’t want people to come to your state. My governor did that.

More on our unemployment malaise.

Here’s some good old puppy-based placemaking.

Looking forward to seeing Buffalo’s comeback in person later this year.

I can’t keep knocking suburbia when it’s developing more character (and unfortunately the problems) of the inner city a generation ago.

Poor folks unfortunately know too well what it means to be watched and they can help those who are just adjusting to the shock of a surveilled world.

Note to all my elected friends, be careful who you have drive you around.

Where’s the best place for healthy eating? Not the US.

Forbes has dropped their latest edition of the 10 best job seeker cities, featuring Raleigh and Charlotte.

What CDCs in Cleveland are facing in trying to make their city better.

Raleigh’s thinking about making two downtown creeks into rivers and adding amenities.

When your name reads like Dumpy’s, this is probably good. Also, a new name for the Downtown University Campus

Despite what happened to me last year, crime is actually down in Greensboro.

And finally, Yonah Freemark of The Transit Politic‘s transit predictions of the year.

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