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Re: “Cop shoots armed man near River Market

Blacks commit the majority of crime.…

Why? It's hard (and controversial) to say. It's a widely debated question.

Posted by robojo on 07/16/2011 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Is Bentonville the new Fayetteville?

Can money buy culture? To an extent, it probably can. Money can buy the amenities that attracts thinkers (e.g., scholars) , artists, and technologists--people who make an area culturally rich. But those people also tend to be liberal--almost uniformly liberal, in fact.

And those individually creative types exist in far greater numbers in Fayetteville--not Bentonville.

(I doubt Alice Walton, being a connoisseur of the fine arts, is as conservative as some of you may believe. She was born into the Walton family; she isn't Sam Walton.)

Hawgs sentiment is typical of someone sitting on the sidelines. Ever consider that many of the biggest entrepreneurs (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Mark ZuckerBurg, the Google founders) are well known Democratic voters? Depending on the industry, an entrepreneur will tend to be liberal or conservative. Technology or innovation based business? Liberal. (Low number of highly skilled workers; more mind-based.) Supply chain kind of business? Conservative. (High number of medium to low skill workers that you don't want to pay as much, because their skills are easily transferrable.)

The major tech centers--e.g., Austin and San Francisco--are unsurprisingly liberal. See…

What is happening in Bentonville is a good thing for the region. The ball really got rolling due to the largesse of Wal-Mart, and in a weird way, that financial success will help buy culture--something that would be hard to come by in a place like Bentonville organically, given the types of people who tend to move there.

As far as endemic, grassroots forward-thinking culture (a la Austin or San Francisco), Fayetteville is, and probably will be heads and shoulders above the rest of NWA for the next few decades, if not indefinitely. Its major initiatives--such as sustainability and arts and smart growth--are indicative of a creative city.

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Posted by robojo on 06/08/2011 at 1:43 PM


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