For These Urban Mechanics, City Hall Is a Place to Experiment [Next City] From former Technically Philly reporter Yael Borofsky, a feature comparing the innovation offices of New York City, Boston and Philly. “One could reasonably characterize Philadelphia as a hybrid between its two more polished brethren. Philly adopted the New Urban Mechanics model late last year, but co-chair Jeff Friedman said it’s more focused on supporting civic entrepreneurs (as opposed to “civic innovators”) trying to build viable businesses that address urban problems, not unlike New York.”
4 out of 10 in Philly lack home Internet [Philadelphia Daily News]
Karen Randal Refashions Philadelphia’s Urban Factories [Fast Company] Karen Randal works at the city’s commerce department and works on bringing businesses to Philly. Her track record includes Fiberlink, Bentley Systems and First Round Capital. This story focuses on how Randal is trying to revive the city’s textile industry. For more on reimagined urban factories, check out our coverage of The Loom.
Jeff Gelles: The digital divide persists [Philadelphia Inquirer] “Project director Kristen Purcell says Pew did not set out to focus on the well-documented digital divide when it surveyed nearly 2,500 sixth- to 12th-grade teachers. It was hoping to learn how they use a range of technologies and see their students using them, and also see how technology affects the educational process. The divide leaped out anyway. Teachers of poorer kids were consistently less positive about technology’s role, less likely to say schools provided key resources and training, and more likely to say students lacked home computers with Internet access.”
A biotech pilot program to get students excited about STEM [The Philadelphia Public School Notebook] Find our previous coverage of the WorkReady Philadelphia program here.
Masterman Grad Makes Harvard Law School’s “21 Most Impressive” List [PhillyMag] “2004 Masterman School graduate Kirkland Lynch has been named one of Harvard Law School’s “21 Most Impressive Students” by Business Insider. Lynch, from West Philly, is the founder of a music startup Hanep Indie Radiothat appears to be Pandora for up-and-coming artists.”