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The happy city experiment | TEDxVancouver

November 6th, 2018

Charles Montgomery explores what happens when you take an abandon city space in NYC and populate it with urban social experiments. The outcomes are unexpected as city dwellers explore this public space, interact with each other, and change their attitudes towards social connections, values, and each other. Via: YouTube

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Retail Therapy: Health Conscious Consumers Drive the Market

November 6th, 2018

By Lynn Dehlinger, Sr. Economic Development Manager/Broker Associate/ICSC P3 Florida Chair, Private Sector (10/31/2018) As everyday consumers push the health-and-wellness movement from the earthy-crunchy margins to the mainstream, retailers are going beyond just selling Fitbit wellness trackers and organic, gluten-free bread. Ushering in the next wave of healthy-living consumerism, merchants are taking on the overtones…

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How Cities Are Rethinking (and Saving) Recycling

October 16th, 2018

The city of Kirkwood, Missouri, recently announced that it would continue curbside recycling for residents. This may not seem like big news, but the decision comes after a month of speculation that the service would need to be terminated — even as Mayor Tim Griffin committed to do “everything we can to save our curbside…

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Halloween Spending Statistics, Facts and Trends

October 11th, 2018

Halloween retail spending will be $9 billion in 2018. It’s a little less than 2017’s record of $9.1 billion. Slightly fewer, 175 million, will celebrate. They will spend a record $86.79 per person, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. One reason is that Halloween is a very affordable holiday. It doesn’t cost as much as Christmas or…

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Communities can prevent violence

October 1st, 2018

By Larry Cohen via Every day the news is flooded with stories of different types of violence. On what seems like a daily basis, we’re bombarded with relentless reports of violence in this country. Our register of national tragedies keeps growing: hate crimes, mass shootings, and #Metoo headlines are only the most recent outbreaks…

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