The LIBOR scandal – why you should care

There have been lots of ink and bits spilled lately over the manipulation of something called LIBOR – the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate. It may seem as if the only people who need to care about this scandal are bankers and government finance officials. Some of these probably should be checking to make sure that…

A New Approach to Community Revitalization

Last month I spent two-plus days in Grand Rapids at the annual conference of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.  BALLE emphasizes a local approach to economic and community development that harnesses the power of local dollars and local entrepreneurial talent to revitalize communities and grow incomes.  I gained a huge number of insights…

Is Columbus a Super City?

    Sunday’s Big Game matchup scores some surprising touchdowns This Sunday all eyes will be on Super Bowl XLVI as the New York Giants battle the New England Patriots in Indianapolis.  New York, Boston, and Indianapolis are all super cities, but how about Columbus?  Comparing the four cities using U.S. Census Bureau data, Columbus…