Issue 145

May 2010

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Fast Company Magazine

Boston: Artists as Residents [Fast Cities 2010]

Boston has become a beacon for displaced and emerging artists, thanks to the city’s innovative housing program. The Artist Space Initiative (ASI) is dedicated exclusively to artist housing issues, from surveying artist needs in live-work units to implementing zoning tweaks that allow them to reside in industrial areas. It encouraged foot traffic by securing ground-floor galleries in emerging neighborhoods and also created a peer-review system that guarantees artist spaces will be used only by artists.

Boston: Artists as Residents [Fast Cities 2010]
Fast Company Magazine

Minneapolis: Broadband Everywhere, for Everyone [Fast Cities 2010]

Most municipal Wi-Fi initiatives end in the graveyard, but cemeteries are among the few spots not covered by Minneapolis’s new $20 million wireless network, which blankets 95% of its 59 square miles. As an anchor tenant of the system, the city lowered many of its own costs, while capping resident rates at $20 a month. But the Wi-Fi blanket is also a powerful tool to narrow the digital divide for low-income residents. “It’s not just about access to broadband, but affordable access,” says Lynn Willenbring, the city’s CIO.

Minneapolis: Broadband Everywhere, for Everyone [Fast Cities 2010]
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