Monday, January 20, 2003

Urban Issues Watch

NY TimesJust as this small city's mythical namesake took more than a day to build his metropolis, and just as he came to that task in part by the lack of an alternative, the planners of a 1,300-acre development intended as the cornerstone of a 25,000-acre stretch of commercial real estate between here and the dilapidated Willow Run cargo airport have much work to do, the speaker said. ... Today...Romulus is known as the doughnut city; the Detroit airport cuts a hole in the six-mile by six-mile geography — and tax base — of this city of 14,000. Surrounding the airport are fields of lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, corn and bedding plants, crops that can be taken into Detroit and to farmers' markets

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 — Add urban renewal to the growing list of reasons to deploy wireless computing networks. The city of Long Beach, Calif., plans to announce on Friday that it will make free wireless Internet access available in its downtown area as part of an effort to attract visitors and companies to the business district. The city will use the increasingly popular standard known as Wi-Fi, which lets personal computers and other hand-held devices connect to the Internet without wires at high speed.

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