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NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations Update October 28, 2009

Alternate Side Parking Regulations To Be Suspended In Parts Of Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Marble Hill And Kingsbridge Starting Wednesday, Oct. 28 Fo Six To Eight Weeks As DOT Posts New, Reduced Street-Cleaning Regulations

Suspension is the first of two phases for neighborhoods in Bronx Community District 8 New regulations will take effect in parts of Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights (south of Joralemon Street), Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill starting Nov. 9

Effective Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, Street Cleaning/Alternate Side Parking (ASP) Regulations will be temporarily suspended in parts of the Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Marble Hill and Kingsbridge sections of Bronx Community District 8 for approximately six to eight weeks as the Department of Transportation (DOT) installs some 2,200 signs with new, reduced regulations. This is the first of two phases of the project to change approximately 3,600 ASP signs throughout the district reducing residential street cleaning parking restrictions from twice a week to just once a week to ease parking for local residents. In other cases, only the time of day of the street-cleaning regulation will change. The new rules were established by the Department of Sanitation at the request of Community Board 8.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn's Community District 2, the third and final phase of a signreplacement that began earlier this year is now complete, with signs in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights (south of Joralemon Street), Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill having been replaced since Sept. 8. The newly posted regulations will be enforceable starting on Monday, Nov. 9, giving residents two weeks to adjust to the new rules.

Street Cleaning Regulations (all parking signs marked with a broom symbol) will be suspended within the following borders from Oct. 28 until further notice:

North: City Line (West 263rd Street included) from the Hudson River to Broadway.

East: Broadway (included) from City Line to the Harlem River.

South: Harlem River from Broadway to the Hudson River.

West: Hudson River from the Harlem River to City Line.

The new regulations will take effect once sign changes are complete in the entire area. The changes do not affect 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. parking rules or meter regulations, or any other parking rules that are not street cleaning regulations. DOT will give advance notification before enforcement resumes. The public is encouraged to check the DOT's Web site at www.nyc.gov/dot and to call 311 regularly.

Regulations were similarly converted last year in Brooklyn's Community District 6. During that transition, DOT conducted a study which found that the suspension of Street Cleaning Regulations had minimal impact on traffic and parking conditions in the area.

For more information, please contact 311 or visit the Department of Sanitation's Web site at www.nyc.gov/sanitation, or the Community Board 8 Web site at www.nyc.gov/bronxcb8.

NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures - Friday, October 16, 2009 to Sunday, October 18, 2009

Manhattan
FDR Drive Between E. Houston And E. 20th Streets: All three northbound lanes of the FDR Drive will be closed to traffic from East Houston Street to East 20th Street from 12:01 am Saturday to 8:00 am Sunday to facilitate roadway repair work between East 14th and East 20th Streets. The southbound lanes of the FDR Drive will remain open throughout this period. In addition, the northbound entrances to the FDR Drive at South Street/Montgomery Street and at Pearl Street and the southbound exit from the FDR Drive at East Houston Street will be closed.
Suggested Detour information:

Northbound FDR Drive main roadway:

All northbound vehicles must exit the FDR Drive at East Houston Street and continue westbound along Houston Street and make a right onto First Avenue. Motorists then proceed northbound on First Avenue to East 23rd Street, turn right and drive two blocks east to the FDR Drive, where access resumes.

In addition to the above closure, two entrances to the northbound FDR Drive will be closed, as well as one southbound exit. Detours follow:

Northbound entrance to the FDR Drive at South Street and Montgomery Street:

The northbound entrance to the FDR Drive from South/Montgomery Streets will be closed during this construction. Motorists traveling northbound on South Street are advised to turn left onto northbound Montgomery Street and proceed to Grand Street, make a left and travel along Grand Street to Allen Street. At Allen, make a right turn and proceed northbound (Allen becomes First Avenue) to East 23rd Street, then turn right and proceed east to the FDR, where northbound access resumes.

Northbound entrance to the FDR Drive at Pearl Street (two ramps):

From southbound Pearl, take either the southbound FDR Drive to the West Side Highway, or proceed to South Street, turn left and proceed northbound to Montgomery Street. Turn left onto northbound Montgomery to Grand Street, make a left and travel along Grand to Allen Street. At Allen, make a right and proceed northbound to East 23rd Street (Allen becomes First Avenue), then turn right and proceed east to the FDR, where northbound access resumes.

From northbound Pearl, continue northbound past the FDR entrance and turn right onto Madison Street. Proceed on Madison eastbound to Pike Street, then turn left onto Pike and continue northbound for three blocks, where Pike turns into Allen Street. Proceed northbound on Allen to East 23rd Street (Allen becomes First Avenue), then turn right and proceed east to the FDR, where northbound access resumes.

Southbound Exit from the FDR Drive at East Houston Street:

The Southbound exit for East Houston Street will be closed during this period. Motorists will be directed to use the next southbound exit, at Grand Street (approximately a quarter-mile south of Houston). Motorists will then be directed to make a right turn onto westbound Grand Street and make a right onto northbound Pitt Street, which ends at East Houston Street.
FDR Drive northbound exit to East 20/23rd Street: This exit ramp will be closed 8pm Friday until 8am Sunday to facilitate NYSDOT repair work on the FDR Drive.
West 13th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 15th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 9am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 16th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 9am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 28th Street between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday form 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 29th Street between Park Avenue and South and Madison Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 6am to 9pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 30th Street between 8th and 7th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue: This street will be closed 12:01am Saturday to 11:59pm Sunday to facilitate crane operation.
West 36th Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 40th Street between 8th Avenue and 9thAvenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 41st Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 12:01am to 10am to facilitate crane operation.
West 43rd Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 6am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 51st Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue: This street will be closed 10pm Friday to 5am Saturday to facilitate crane operation.
West 64th Street between West End Avenue and Turner Drive: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 69th Street between 1st Avenue and York Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Broadway between West 42nd Street and West 43rd Street: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 12:01am to 11am to facilitate crane operation.
Washington Street between Vestry Street and Laight Street: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Charlton Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Suffolk Street between Delancey Street and Rivington Street: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Cortlandt Street between Church Street and Broadway: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Stone Street between Whitehall Street and Broad Street: This street will be closed Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 9pm for the dismantling of tower crane.
Coenties Slip between Water Street and Pearl Street: This street will be closed 9am Friday to 9pm Saturday to facilitate crane operation.
Stone Street between Coenties Alley and Williams Street: This street will be closed Monday April 27th through November 30th from 11am to 6pm for the Stone Street Pedestrian Mall as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
Broad Street between Water Street and South Street: This street will be closed Friday from 11am to 6pm for the Community Board #1 Broad Street Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
East End Avenue between East 84th Street and East 88th Street: This street will be closed Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the Gracie Square Art Show as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
Third Avenue between East 23rd Street and East 34th Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the St. Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular Street Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
Lexington Avenue between East 79th Street and East 96th Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the 92nd Street Y Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
Formation: 41st Street and Madison Avenue
Route: Madison Avenue from 41st Street to 25th Street
End: Madison Avenue and 25th Street
Festival: Madison Avenue between 23rd Street and 26th Street
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 11am to 5pm for the Muslim Foundation of America Parade and Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
Formation: 51st between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
Route: 51st Street between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue
Dispersal: 51st Street between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue at Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the Brotherhood of Our Lord of Miracles Celebration Parade as permitted by NYPD.

Brooklyn
Hicks Street southbound between Baltic Street and Warren Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Gowanus Expressway inbound/northbound BQE Connector Ramp: One of two lanes will be closed 11pm Friday to 5am Saturday to facilitate NYSDOT roadway work.

Queens/Brooklyn
Grand Street Bridge over Newtown Creek: This bridge will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 7am to 5pm to facilitate NYCDOT bridge repairs. Motorists should follow posted detour and use Metropolitan Avenue Bridge.

Queens
Formation: 156th Avenue between Crossbay Boulevard and 86th Street
Route: Crossbay Boulevard between 156th Avenue and 165th Avenue; 165th Avenue between Crossbay Boulevard and 92nd Street; 92nd Street between 165th Avenue and 164th Avenue
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 11am to 4pm for the Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade as permitted by NYPD.
Jamaica Avenue between Woodhaven Boulevard and 80th Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp-Jamaica Avenue Street Festival as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Bronx
Eagle Avenue between East 159th Street and East 161st Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Henry Hudson Parkway Northbound Service Roadway between Netherland Avenue and West 238th Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 9am to 2pm to facilitate crane operation.
Tour De Bronx: Click here for location of the Tour De Bronx taking place on Sunday October 18, 2009 from 6am to 2pm as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Let's Get Past Shepard Fairey and Move Toward A Fair Derivative Works Compensation System

As the URL of my Web site might indicate, I am a huge supporter of the use of derivative works to create new art.

And I've long thought that the Shepard Fairey HOPE Poster dude was a selfish liar. He used someone else's copyrighted work to create something completely brand-new and wonderful. And then sued the people he stole from. And now he admits that he lied:

''Shepard Fairey has now been forced to admit that he sued the AP under false pretenses by lying about which AP photograph he used,'' said AP vice president and general counsel Srinandan R. Kasi. ''Mr. Fairey has also now admitted to the AP that he fabricated and attempted to destroy other evidence in an effort to bolster his fair use case and cover up his previous lies and omissions.''

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Although he said he was ''very sorry to have hurt and disappointed colleagues, friends, and family,'' Fairey said that the real issue was ''the right to fair use'' so artists can create freely.

''Regardless of which of the two images was used,'' he said, ''the fair use issue should be the same.''

Wrong. People should have the right to use any and all copyrighted works and also have the right to be paid when other people make money off of your work. That's what I proposed in my Derivative Works Manifesto in 2005. It's simple:

Here's what we need now:

  • A universal acknowledgment of this right to create derivative works from our experience of owned content without regard to the wishes of the original content owner
  • A set of guidelines that inject mutual respect, recognition, and accountability into the process of creating derivative works
  • An automatic compensation system that ensures payment to reward original creators while inducing new artists

Under this system, Fairey could openly say that he took the original photo. In a perfect world, there would be an automatic item ID in the image that would indicate that. If he never made a dime off the resulting new work (his posters, stickers, art pieces, etc.), then the AP and the photographer would have never made any money, either. But once Fairey starts raking in money-- real money, directly from sales of the new work-- the upstream people would get money, too. It's only fair.

Lying is dumb. Let's just all be honest, and acknowledge that we're all constantly stealing stuff from other places. It's become the most fundamental artistic reflex of this young century. Let's get our acts together and let the technology and law catch up to reality.

New Sewer on 75th Street in Chicago

Got this press release today...

FORGING UNITY:  Uniting Together Preserving Business on Historic 75th Street—


Larger Sewer Carries Storm Water, but Also Hope and Purpose
                          
(Chicago, October 12, 2009)—Installation of a new sewer is normally a way of renewing old infrastructure, and reducing the risk of flooding during heavy rains. But on 75th Street on Chicago's South side, the replacement of the 100 year old sewers nearly caused an unintended disaster when the construction closed down the street to traffic and busses for months. Many of the 114 historic small businesses lining the inaccessible 16 blocks from State Street to Cottage Grove suffered severe economic downturn from the sudden loss of customer access and are barely hanging on.
 
 In response, the businesses collaborated and formed a successful self help strategy which called on area residents, churches, block clubs, schools, local and city leaders to unify around efforts to help them retain their once heavily patronized businesses, launching several initiatives that will continue long after the steamrollers leave.
 
The sewer construction, begun in July, will end this month, weeks ahead of the originally projected November completion date. An official ribbon cutting to formally reopen 75th Street to the public will take place on October 23rd at 10:00 am, on the corner of 75th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive followed by a tour of several businesses.
 
The local merchants, community supporters and politicians including city, state and federal officials, will celebrate both their unified accomplishments and the return of cars and people to the street and to the businesses.  A significant number of the business are over 40 years old and have played a crucial and historic role as Black owned establishments in supporting and developing the largely African American neighborhood. They include Army & Lou’s Restaurant, Fletcher’s Records and Tapes, LEM’s Barbeque, The New Apartment Lounge Soul Vegetarian and the Woodshop Art Gallery . Others, though smaller, offer a surprising range of services, retail goods, food, and entertainment often with an ethnic flair. They include tailors, shoe repair, designer hats and clothing, bowling, bakeries and computer services. Included in the celebration will be rejoicing over the 48-inch sewer newly installed between Indiana and Eberhardt Avenues.
 
The 75th Street businesses —collectively known as Renaissance Row—broke new ground in responding to the dust and disruption of construction with a community unity and collaboration strategy that resulted in significant relief to their plight. They are now planning to make many of the emergency initiatives into permanent programs in order to continue the economic upturn and maintain the spirit of cooperation. 
 
“Many of our businesses saw revenue go down severely between July and October.  But, we may be Chicago ’s most resilient neighborhood, and we are turning adversity into victory,” said Alicia Spears, Executive Director of the Business and Economic Revitalization Association (BERA).  BERA is the primary organization that helped the Businesses to plan and execute the community unity strategy.
 
Among the BERA-led initiatives that will continue is an innovative “Walk-Around Business Tour” to familiarize people with the variety of 75th street offerings by walking instead of driving. The campaign “Think 75th Street - Walk, Shop, Dine, Play”will also go on each Saturday through December when the 75th street Merchants will plan music, entertainment, celebrity appearances, educational workshops, special sales and promotions in their shops and on the street to keep the festive air going and encourage supporters to continue to spend their dollars and time on 75th street. A Monthly entrepreneur education workshop will be offered to teach people how to successfully plan and run their own business, showcasing the 75th Business owners as successful living models. Partnering with Illinois University Extension as facilitators, part of each session will also focus on helping 75th street and other established small businesses with marketing, financing and planning issues.
 
“On 75th street , we have the business experience and longevity to offer something beyond retail products and services. By helping people realize their dreams of establishing or growing their own businesses, we are making friends and strengthening the neighborhood,” said Attorney Jeanette Forman, BERA volunteer and Event Coordinator of 75th Street Project.
 
Spears will also thank the 6th Ward Alderman, Freddrenna M. Lyle, and The Department of Water Management Commissioner and Crews for what she said was their  invaluable support of the neighborhood initiative. “We want to be in real partnership with our customers. This means renewing infrastructure, but it also means working with them on their terms—matching the work we do below the ground with what we can offer whole communities above ground,” said John F. Spatz, Jr., Commissioner of Water Management.
 
The public is invited to the ribbon cutting at 10:00 am, Friday, October 23rd, at 75th Street and Martin Luther King Drive .  They may also register for the next Entrepreneur Education workshop being held on October 19 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at 441E. 75th Street on the topic of Guerrilla Marketing-by contacting BERA at beraecon@americt.net or calling  773 783-2636
 
For media inquiries and press credentials to attend the Oct 23 Ribbon cutting event, please call Publicist, Shawn Zanotti at (312) 212-4261 or by e-mail at shawnloren@exactpublicity.com

On Hypertext Enjambment

Starting in 2002 I had a Salon Blog called, "GoogObits: Obituaries and essays augmented by Google seaches. There is a lot to learn from the dead."

The idea was that I took the complete text of well-written, interesting obituaries from the New York Times, pasted them into my blog, and annotated the text with links.

Here are some examples from a GoogObit titled, "Lynda Van Devanter, Nurse Who Became Chronicler of Her Wartime Pain, Dies at 55"

Sometimes the links buttressed the text of the obituary, linking to books and other original works mentioned in the obituary, like in this paragraph:

Ms. Van Devanter's memoir was "Home Before Morning" (Beaufort Books, 1983), which helped inspire the television series "China Beach." In it, she wrote of her transformation in 1969 from "an all-American girl" and idealistic supporter of the war into an overworked, confused nurse at the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku, where the gore and horrors of war were constantly before her.

Sometimes the links were instructive in prosaic ways not intended in the original text, like linking "food stamps" to more information at the Social Security office:

"I was on unemployment and food stamps and in therapy," Ms. Van Devanter said in an interview in 1981. "But I never told my therapist I was in Vietnam. That's how deeply I buried it."

Sometimes the links were sideways, using the found text of the obituary to make a completely unrelated point, like linking the word "Misrepresentation" to a page about the Iran-Contra Affair:

The critics, who called themselves Nurses Against Misrepresentation, or Nam, complained that Ms. Van Devanter's account could leave relatives of dead soldiers believing that their kin had not received the best possible treatment

This way the original text serves as a platform for other discourse. Civilly.

My overall term for this is "hypertext enjambment". People don't do enough of that, I think. Links are mainly boring and straight on the internet. The word "red" links to something red. A link on the phrase "Governor Rockefeller" would never surprise you.

There's more to be had. All hail hypertext enjambment.

See all my GoogObits here.

NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures - October 10-12, 2009

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures - October 10-12

The Grand Street Bridge over Newtown Creek will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm to facilitate bridge repairs. Motorists should use the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge.

Two of three lanes of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) between Hamilton Avenue and Atlantic Avenue may be closed in each direction from 1:00 am to 6:00 am Saturday and 2:00 am to 7:00 am Sunday until late December to facilitate bridge painting operations. Additionally one lane may be closed during these hours on the Kane Street, Union Street, Sackett Street and Summit Street Bridges over the BQE as needed.

Two of three lanes of the FDR Drive northbound between East 79th Street and East 91st Street will be closed from 2:00 am to 7:00 am Sunday to facilitate NYCDOT bridge inspection.

Stone Street between Coenties Alley and William Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm through November 30 for a pedestrian mall. Stone Street between Hanover Square and Coenties Square will be closed Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for Stone Street October Fest.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
- 6th Avenue between 42nd and 56th Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Global Role Models Inc.-Avenue of the Americas Street Festival.
- 18th Avenue between 60th and 84th Streets and 61st and 62nd Streets between 17th and 19th Avenues in Brooklyn will be closed from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for the Brooklyn Columbus Parade.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:
- 5th Avenue between 43rd and 79th Streets, 43rd to 47th Streets between Madison and 6th Avenues, and 73rd and 74th Streets between 5th and Madison Avenues in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for the Spanish Columbus Parade.
- 8th Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Midtown North Precinct Community-Eighth Avenue Street Festival.
- The west side of Broadway between 86th and 96th Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Broadway Festival.
- Morris Park Avenue from White Plains Road to Adams Street and Williamsbridge Road between Morris Park Road and Pelham Parkway in the Bronx will be closed from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for the Bronx Columbus Day Parade.
- There will be street closures on Staten Island between St. George and South Beach for the Staten Island Half Marathon beginning at 8:30 am. The route of the tour is available on the DOT web site's weekend traffic advisory at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/wkndtraf.shtml. Street closures will take place on Father Capodano Boulevard, Richmond Terrace, Murray Hulbert Avenue, Front Street, Bay Street, and Lily Pond Road.

The following streets will be closed on Monday:
- 5th Avenue between 43rd and 86th Streets and 43rd to 47th Streets between Madison and 6th Avenues in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for the Columbus Day Parade. There will also be closures for the parade dispersal on 80th Street between Madison and Park Avenues, 81st and 82nd Streets between 5th and Madison Avenues, and 83rd Street between 5th and Park Avenues.
- Broadway from Battery Place to Liberty Street and Whitehall Street between Stone and Water Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Bowling Green Association Broadway Street Festival.

Thanks for the Email, Mr. President!

So this morning I was surprised to read that the President received the Nobel Peace Prize. Apparently so was he.

Daniel --

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

This is about opportunity. And how far we've come from how far we were. Let's get to work.

ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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