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    Public Pool blows up the literary scene with a horror reading and future poets of Detroit

    Sept. 23, 2014, 11:06 a.m., Posted by rsharp

    It's the lit-loving scene at Public Pool artspace, with evidence of "The Last Record Shop" all over the walls. A few of the non-sonic artworks on display for purchase (mostly). Friday, September 19th was an evening of great literary antics and fanfare...

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    Make the most of your submission for Knight News Challenge: Libraries

    Sept. 23, 2014, 6:41 a.m., Posted by Chris Barr and John Bracken

    There’s one week left to submit an idea to Knight News Challenge: Libraries, which offers applicants a chance to share in $2.5 million by focusing on the question, “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Here are some thoughts and tips as you prepare your entry:

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    Engaged Communities

    Richard Florida on driving success in cities

    Sept. 23, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Richard Florida

    Photo of downtown Miami by Flickr user Lonny Paul.

    Knight Cities Challenge offers applicants a chance to share in $5 million by focusing on the question: "What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?” The contest will test the most innovative ideas in talent, opportunity and engagement in one or more of 26 Knight Foundation communities. Below, urbanist Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, Global Research Professor at New York University, and co-founder of The Atlantic’s CityLab, writes about talent as a driver of city success.

    The Knight Cities Challenge comes at just the right time. Just as our cities are coming back, they also face new and deep challenges. 

    The past couple of decades have seen a dramatic back-to-the-city movement, which Alan Ehrenhalt has dubbed a “great inversion.” As talented and ambitious people stream back to cities and urbanizing suburbs, the nature of city building and economic development has changed dramatically. No longer can places prosper by luring in headquarters or factories. The key to success is the attraction, retention and magnetization of talent. The great urbanist Jane Jacobs was the first to recognize the economic power that’s unleashed when talented people cluster in cities.

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