Friday News Digest (vacation edition)

From an undisclosed location, I'm working to get caught up on all things, including this blog. Fortunately, we were able to make what looks like a great hire in response to our recent job posting. I'm very excited to have our new planner in the house on June 1. Until then, we'll do our best to stay on top of things here at, even while enjoying a little family-time while on vacation.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

  • It has not been enjoyable to be a pessimistic voice in a world of pessimistic voices, but we have strongly endorsed the notion that our reward for weathering this economic crisis is going to be long-term stagnation, at best. Unfortunately, the numbers are starting to support that notion. 
  • This article is so lacking substance I hate to link to it, but I am doing so if only to say that even though I disagree with the premise, I could make a stronger argument than this (structures being destroyed by trees....too much stop and go traffic.....seriously?). 
  • Not really related directly to small-town planning, this article about China was nonetheless fascinating and worth the lengthy read. 
  • Combine two of Minnesota's favorite activities into one event and what do you get?  
  • And finally, this time of year in Minnesota we have the problem of potholes from the winter freeze and spring thaw. Enjoy this video on the new "Pothole Killer".

Pot Hole Killer - For more of the funniest videos, click here