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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation In Week 1, the Cardinals won a hard fought game against their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. “We are coming off a win last week that was big for us, we hung in there and found a way to win, Whisenhunt said. “Now the next challenge for us is to go on the road against a good team.”Whisenhunt hopes that his team is mentally tough and will be able to handle the task at hand. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton called the difficult matchup a “measuring stick game” for the Cardinals. However, safety Kerry Rhodes doesn’t believe that is the case. He already feels that his team is one of the best in the league. “This game just presents another challenge for us,” Rhodes said. “It’s just another chance for us and another opportunity for us to try to get better.” Rhodes said the Patriots are tough to stop because “they have playmakers at every position.” With an abundance of threats on offense, quarterback Tom Brady has a lot of options when he drops back to pass. Defensive End Calais Campbell thinks that the key to the defense’s success is getting pressure on and hitting Brady. “Tom Brady gets rid of the ball really fast, he is a great quarterback, Campbell said. “In order to beat him, that’s what you have to do.” The Arizona Cardinals know that beating the Patriots on the road is a tall task for any team, but they are primed and ready for the challenge. “When you’re going against an opponent that you don’t have a lot of information on from games this year and that you haven’t played in a while, there is always that uncertainty,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But our guys have worked hard, they are prepared and that will hopefully allow us to play fast Sunday, and that’s what it’s going to take.” Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Last week, Brady was only sacked one time in a 34-13 blowout win against the Tennessee Titans. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Chicago Schools Remain Shuttered as Reminders of Need for Community Engagement First

first_imgShare13Tweet2Share10Email25 SharesEmmet School / Josh KJuly 25th, 2017; The Chicago ReporterIn 2013, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 schools due to declining enrollment and shrinking public funds. Most of the school buildings are still vacant, in part due to the city’s failure to outline a clear process for deciding what to do with them.Originally the responsibility to dispose of the buildings rested with the city’s aldermen, but when they failed to find buyers over three and a half years, the district took over. On Chicago’s West Side, Key Elementary in Englewood and Emmet Elementary in Austin, two majority-black schools, have been the sites of particularly rancorous debates.The Chicago Reporter noted in January,Emanuel said residents would have a say in turning the former schools into facilities that would benefit the surrounding neighborhoods. Yet four years later, two-thirds of the buildings are still vacant. There are no common standards for community involvement in determining their reuse. And aldermen, who until recently oversaw the process, have not held public meetings to discuss the future of about half of the schools, including Key.Various proposals have included a health center, an innovation center, and low-income housing subsidized by low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). Developer Rob Ferrino’s company was poised to turn Emmet Elementary into a $24 million health center, but when investors learned that community support was lacking, they jumped ship.“It was never about the project necessarily, but the fact that we were not included in the conversations,” said Cata Truss, a resident who attended several meetings on Emmet.“There’s a way that things need to be worked through,” said Amara Enyia, who directs the Austin Chamber of Commerce. “We have to make it clear to developers that you have to get buy-in on the front end, instead of having to backtrack.” Now Emmet is back up for public bid.NPQ noted in 2015 that vacant schools are a drain on the community; they’re hard to sell, and when a purchase does go through, the price is usually short of the projection.Chicago’s rash of school closures is in part a result of racially motivated school policies in the 1960s and 1970s. Neighborhoods like Austin were growing, and black families were moving in, but “the district often built new schools rather than redraw boundaries that would put black and white students in the same schools,” according to the Reporter. The school-age population of these neighborhoods has since declined, and Chicago Public Schools’ enrollment has dropped steadily since 2002.A study from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Chicago Illinois concluded, “Building utilization and student performance were predictors of these closures, but so was the race of students in each school. Specifically schools with larger shares of African American students had a higher probability of closure than schools with comparable test scores, locations, and utilization rates.”Racial factors led to the building of the schools, and racial factors led to closing them, even though less than ten percent of CPS students are white. Now, a messy process and unfulfilled promises to the communities that have suffered the most closures keep dilapidated buildings from being renewed.Several schools, such as the Ward school in Humboldt Park, are slated for low-income housing, if funding can be found. Developers are hoping to use low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) to finance the transformation. Applications for the LIHTC are open in Chicago this year for the first time since 2011, and promise to give preference to repurposed buildings, to “help alleviate the negative impact that vacant and/or deteriorated buildings can have on neighborhoods.” However, competition for the tax credits will be fierce. Developer Scott Henry said, “The city’s resources are scarce and there’s a lot of really terrific projects out there.” NPQ noted earlier this year that the LIHTC program, though it enjoys enormous success and bipartisan support in Congress, may be threatened by a lower corporate tax rate.Asiaha Butler, the president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, added that it’s important that the developments are more than just affordable housing; she wants to see workforce development and an urban farm in the space. “The community has to be at the forefront of what happens to these institutions,” she said, and the community has the smarts to want investment and revitalization without gentrification.After all the drama suffered the past few years in Chicago schools—teacher strikes, the failure to pass a state budget, threatened takeover by the governor, reduced school funding, and the closures—it’s about time that community involvement and investment become part of the CPS strategy. Communities have found their voice and are fighting back against state-imposed initiatives; looks like there might be some civic sector investment opportunities here.—Erin RubinShare13Tweet2Share10Email25 Shareslast_img read more

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