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Project Row Houses is positioned as a neighbor, as a partner, as a developer, as a social services provider and, most prominently, as a unique lens magnifying the community’s hidden treasures in ways often unexpected.

Project Row Houses is positioned as a neighbor, as a partner, as a developer, as a social services provider and, most prominently, as a unique lens magnifying the community’s hidden treasures in ways often unexpected.

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sushmita commented on Attracting Start Ups

Keeping in mind the limited resources of struggling cities, I wonder if you could create partnerships with university students to provide guidance to startups that need help with their financials or legal issues. Harvard has a law and entrepreneurship project (http://www.hlep.org/) through which law students work with attorneys to provide legal guidance -- it not only provides the startups with pro bono advice but gives students a valuable opportunity to apply their skills outside of the classroom.

I also agree that opportunities for training or mentorship are key, particularly to encourage early-stage startups to persist in their ventures. I don't think it would necessarily have to be funded by the City but on a voluntary basis. You could perhaps reward those volunteers in simple/cheap ways, such as an acknowledgements board in the hub or recognition on its website?

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sushmita commented on Knitta Please in Stockholm and around the world

I remember reading about this last year! It's a great idea for brightening up cities in a way that doesn't damage property. It reminds me a bit of the reverse graffiti inspiration (http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/inspiration/reverse-graffiti).

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sushmita commented on A Coffee Table at a Bus Stop in Downtown L.A.

Both are great suggestions for making public places safer and more welcoming.