From Ruins To Rebirth: A brilliant Washington Post about Bob King.
“In the wasteland that had become 14th Street, Bob King, a college student at the time, found a mission trying to rebuild the neighborhood in which he had grown up, the son of a janitor who worked in a building in which only whites could rent apartments. Four months after the riots, King turned the ravaged remains of what had been a pawnshop into a community center, where he handed out donated food and clothing. Later, he won election to a local advisory board promoting the reconstruction of the corridor. For more than a decade, King trudged to endless community meetings, listening to residents recite demands for new housing, restaurants and stores. “They always had the same question,” said King, now 62 and an assistant to the District’s parks director. “ ‘How long? How long will we have to wait?’ And I always gave them the same answer: ‘Not long.’ “
“The last part of the Olympic torch relay in Paris has been cancelled, agencies have reported, after a day of chaos in which anti-China protesters forced authorities to extinguish the flame at least five times, take to a bus and skip some scheduled stops, including city hall. Police and pro-Tibet protesters clash in Paris as the Olympic torch relay arrives in the French capital. There have been confrontations between the authorities and demonstrators throughout the day as the relay attempted to crisscross Paris, birthplace of the modern Olympic movement, passing landmarks including l’Arc d’Triomphe, the Place de la Concord, The Louvre and Notre Dame.”
“A plan drafted by a University of Pennsylvania team to redevelop a site within the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas has been selected as the winning scheme in the sixth annual ULI (Urban Land Institute) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The team’s entry was selected over plans submitted by other finalist teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Texas at Austin, and an additional team from the University of Pennsylvania. The winning entry, “Belleview Place,” captivated jury members with its innovative approach to integrating the Cedars neighborhood to the downtown, and its use of ground leases to retain public ownership of land to allow for a change of uses in the future. The winning team received the top prize of $50,000; the three finalist teams each received $10,000.”
“Following four years under federal control, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) retuned the Riviera Beach (Fla.) Housing Authority (RBHA) to local governance earlier this week. Anthony Britto, HUD-appointed Director of Recovery Operations and Victor Rocher, Acting Director of Public Housing of the HUD Miami Field Office, joined Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters and RBHA Executive Director Philip Goombs on Monday, March 31st at City Hall to hand over the housing authority to the city.”
“Cars jet along Waukegan Road toward the highway, shoppers frequent stores and friends head to neighborhood restaurants. But beyond the car dealerships and across the train tracks, the pace slows to a neighborly crawl at the first sight of picket fences and manicured lawns. Golf, a northern suburb many neighbors describe as a lifestyle, not only an address, quietly continues as it has for decades despite the unremitting changes that unfold around it. Leaders of Golf, now in its 80th year, are considering how best to move forward while preserving the foothold of town spirit and neighbor-to-neighbor government rooted in the past. Residents in the well-heeled suburb still collect their mail at the local post office and pin notices to bulletin boards around town, and most everyone rotates through the Village Board or civic association at some point.”
“In 2008, US ethnic communities will spend $59.8 billion on telecommunications services, accounting for over one-third of all residential telecom expenditures, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corporation. The largest minority group, Hispanics, representing 14.8 percent of the total US population, will spend the most. The ability to tap into the increased spending power of the Hispanic-American, African-American, and Asian-American communities will be crucial to the survival of telecommunications providers over the next five years.”