Municipalities on the Front Line of the Economy

While the Federal Governments in the US and Canada throw stimulus money to the wind, the Municipalities are on the front line of debt, foreclosures and real service cuts. Here’s a sample of my reading list from this week on this topic.

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Municipal Internet Services and the Curse of Technological Promises

From 2005 onward, many communities across the western world talked of Municipal Broadband or WIFI and drew up plans, usually with the assistance of a willing communications consultant to provide a technological hub or backbone for the community. As an egalitarian ideal, it sounded great, but the promise lacked substance and in most communities has failed.

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The SPIN Garden and Zoning Bylaws

These may seem like trivial issues, but to get clarity, this is a question that councils such should consider as these projects become more popular – would the SPIN model of gardening – and the earning of income from such crops be a violation of the zoning bylaw?

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