Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Institutional failures

Interesting that four of the six articles on the front page of today's Post are about institutional failure:

-- the Securities and Exchange Commission and Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme--the agency reprimanded 8 but didn't fire anyone

-- Penn State University over the sex abuse scandal involving football coach Jerry Sandusky--in all likelihood, the campus police department's investigation of Sandusky in the late 1990s, and their failure to report the results to the local police department puts the university at risk for tens of millions of dollars of civil damages

-- the US Dept. of Energy's failure to keep other agencies and stakeholders in the loop about Solyndra and its failure

-- Italy's premier, Silvio Berlusconi, is finally leaving office as a result of the present debt crisis.
Washington Post front page, 11/12/2011

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