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Placebook: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. 
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. 
Wouldn’t you like to get away? 
Sometimes you want to go 
Where everybody knows your name, 
and they’re always glad you came. 
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows 
Your name. 
You wanna go where people know, 
people are all the same, 
You wanna go where everybody knows
your name.- Theme from Cheers (Everybody Knows Your Name)

Last evening I went to the bar in Greensboro that puts me in the mood of Cheers the most, Grey’s Tavern. Because I’m a little younger, the bar’s really a mashup of Cheers and McClarens. Nonetheless the sentiment is the same, around the table, everyone knew my name and old friends were in town to hang out. We lost trivia, but we continued to build that notion of community that transcends a particular place.

And now the news:

News from North Carolina

The head of the NC Biotechnology Center, who was pivotal in building the biotech industry in North Carolina, along with serving as a state senator and secretary of three state departments, will retire.

Google Fiber could come to both Charlotte and the Triangle Region within the year.

Walmart Neighborhood Market will be coming to Quaker Village in Greensboro. This will dramatically change the look of the shopping center, along with bringing grocery back to that side of the Guilford College area.

Despite several interesting campaign contributions, Greensboro councilwoman Sharon Hightower is committed to not being a play-to-play councilperson.

The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium has a new director, who is local and has had years of prior service to the nonprofit and social service community in Guilford County.

Students and faculty on UNCG’s campus walked out in protest of several campus issues.

News and Lessons from Everywhere Else

Today in cool furniture, a 3D printer that’s large enough to print furniture and a bike rack with a courtesy shelf.

This author talks about breaking up from Austin with an unexpected twist of which I can relate.

Awesome photos of the subway construction in Manhattan.

Many of us have probably not thought about Mumbai slums since Slumdog Millionaire, but thanks to Kaid Benfield, we should pay a little more attention again.

How the government shutdown affected DC Metro service.

What Silicon Valley could look like if everyone lived on site at several major employers.

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