Bunny master post

Cuteness overload.

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Phoenix City Council Policy Session, April 8, 2014, part 3 - YouTube

At yesterday’s Phoenix City Council Policy Session, the Phoenix City Council unanimously (9-0!) approved the new Hance Park Master Plan. What started almost five years ago is now a definite reality. In other words: WE DID IT!! (Does anybody have $118 million we can have?)

Members of the community spoke up on this topic and I did as well. Quality cities are built because people go to City Council meetings, to budget hearings, and write their council members because we give a darn. These are where decisions are made and this is how we can make this city great.

My remarks begin just before 26:00 in the video.


WE DID IT!! Who’s ready for Hance Park 2.0?

"How does it happen to me? I am trying to host a show about the news and we’re now discussing which shop we’d most like to be held hostage in!"

Sandi Toksvig, the Chair of the BBC’s News Quiz radio program, in a recent episode (series 10 episode 9)

Friday Urban Dispatches: April 4 | Thoughts from Edward Jensen

Your regular boots-on-the-ground assessment of the urban condition in Phoenix…

Episode 5: The Phoenix Budget 101 | The Downtown Phoenix Podcast

Wondering how Phoenix government works? Listen to Episode 5 of “The Downtown Phoenix Podcast” to learn about that plus the budgeting process. They’re presented in clean, clear, and accessible language.

"There is little doubt that the news media amplify and exacerbate social and political divisions. Too often, journalists follow a ‘Noah’s Ark’ approach to coverage in which a strong liberal is paired with a vocal conservative in an ideological food fight. The result is polarization of discourse and ‘false equivalence’ in reporting. This lack of nuanced analysis confuses viewers and makes it difficult for them to sort out the contrasting facts and opinions. People get the sense that there are only two policy options and that there are few gradations or complexities in the positions that are reported."

From the Brookings report, "Nudging News Producers and Consumers Toward More Thoughtful, Less Polarized Discourse," by Darrell West and Beth Stone. A worthy read.

This is a tension we’ve experienced first-hand when programming live events for The Civil Conversations Project. We’ve been questioned by producers and journalists in public radio news rooms about our guest choices for conversations on gay marriage and abortion. But, there have also been some really wonderful advocates, newsroom managers like Chris Worthington of Minnesota Public Radio too.

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Ditto for The Downtown Phoenix Podcast.