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Knowledge District In New York Times

12:03PM ON 12/15/2011
BY Beth Comery

brown med school It’s always nice to get some exposure in the national press. Even if no one here is ever going to call it the “Knowledge District” we can all get behind the concept. Yesterday’s article by Elizabeth Abbott does a nice job of explaining the history and the scope of the plan, and of course our dream of creating jobs.

To foster more jobs, a group overseeing the growth of the knowledge economy, the Innovation Providence Implementation Council, has awarded $410,000 in seed money to companies, institutions and individuals in the areas of health care, technology, research and design, alternative energy and work force development. The grants are financed by sources including foundations, the chamber and the United States Economic Development Administration.

Of course, any mention of “The Chamber” should set off alarm bells, particularly when they throw around phrases like “grass-roots effort.” My take on the Chamber of Commerce definition of “grass-roots effort” is that corporations should be enticed to locate here with tax breaks while the “grass roots” make up the difference. Maybe I’m wrong.

And check out the gorgeous image of the Brown medical school on Richmond Street at night, taken by Dose fave photographer Ryan T. Conaty. (Seen here is my crappy pic — compare and contrast. But I do love these sidewalks. And there’s always zillions of bicycles tied up.) People should want to build a business here.

3 Comments on “ Knowledge District In New York Times ”

  1. You da’ bomb B-Com!

  2. unfortunately that’s the only good looking sidewalk in that neighborhood. the roads are some of the worst in the city. most of them are cobblestone with a thin layer of asphalt that’s been peeling away for years. the article in the Times mentioned the lack of “critical mass”, which is true but people should know that this “district” is hell to drive or ride a bike around in and unless there are some serious improvements to the existing infrastructure, no developer is going to want to build there. the 195 Commission seems to be taking their sweet ass time doing anything (is this really a surprise?) and i can’t see any future improvements to the area being done as quickly as the city wants you to think.

  3. did you notice how there was nobody on the street or sidewalk in both of those pictures?


    that’s what it’s like all the time around there.



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