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On Oct 18, 2004, at 10:14 AM, Don Samuelson wrote:

>
>  The values of broadband, wireless and technology generally have not
> yet been center pieces in the discussion - see, e.g. Philadelphia
> Wireless.  They will surely be added to the conversation.  It's
> helpful to start, however, with housing and education.  Important
> parts of inner city "villages."
>

An local community based project is what is now "CyberSkills Vermont"
(http://www.cyberskillsvt.org) that grew out of Old North End
Community/Tech Center which grew out of a community cybercafe / dropin
center which grew out of a public access television project. A key
focus of their projects has been skills and knowledge building efforts.
As you suggest, communities are dynamic, and learning how to move from
"housing" to "neighborhood" to "community" is at the core of
"networking". (Who was it that observed that "all communication is
local" ?)

The "Old North End" is a dynamic neighborhood bordered by "downtown"
and the "New North End" and has been recently made the news when a
sidewalk replacement project undearthed some graves from the War of
1812.