Wells Fargo Is Giving Housing Groups Millions of Dollars. Here’s the Irony in That. – Inside Philanthropy

It’s hard to know how many people lost their homes thanks to this bank’s abusive lending and foreclosure practices, but the answer is probably “a lot.”

Wells Fargo Is Giving Housing Groups Millions of Dollars. Here’s the Irony in That. – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Perception is Something People Care About — Chafee Caves to Angus Davis

Angus Davis feels better, so I guess everything is right and good in the fiefdom of downtown Providence.  Lame duck Governor Chafee is not feeling like having a big fight, so Angus will get his way.  As the new corporate zoning Czar for the city, I wonder if Mr. Davis would consider helping to rehabilitate the poor and downtrodden, rather than just exiling them from his high tech encampment.

Read more from Natasha Lennard at Salon.  

Kayaks on the River

View from Providence Place Mall
View from Waterplace

This weekend I was invited to kayak on the Narrow River in Narragansett. If even I can do this without drowning it’s truly a day at the beach. We saw herons, gulls, crabs and minnows, grass and speedboats and surfboard type things that people were riding. Next time I’ll try one of those.

Walking home from work today I saw the kayaks of the inner city, first saw them by the railroad tracks under Providence Place Mall. I think that was the Woonasquatucket River, flowing from the green fields of Olneyville. That looks like fun.

More Stimulus Needed to Employ College, High School Grads

This editorial from the New York Times lays it out plain and simple: until we invest more in creating jobs through the government, our economy is going to be weak. College graduates need a place to get a job, and we need to create the jobs with the government’s help.

The Class of 2012 – NYTimes.com.

And what about high school graduates? They also could use some more employment options. This study out of Rutgers University finds that only one in three high school graduates are employed today.