In a message dated 10/18/04 7:52:06 AM Central Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:

People who were more informed and educated were more active in their
community and used the Internet to conduct civic business, the
researchers say. The more extroverted and educated people also believed
more that they could have an effect on how things operate in their
community.

The findings support the theory of Stanford University scientist Albert
Bandura, who has predicted that the Internet empowers people to make a
difference in their community.

Steve:

There will be a joint press conference in Chicago this coming Friday featuring HUD Secretary Jackson and DOE Secretary Paige.  They will be discussing their support for the innovative collaboration being forged between the Chicago Housing Authority (the CHA Plan for Transformation) and the Chicago Public Schools (Renaissance 2010) in the redevelopment of the South Side neighborhoods that were dominated by CHA high rises.

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."

If anyone would like some more expansive email messages on these Chicago efforts, together with referenced links, send me an email.

Don Samuelson
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