– If you’re a recent college graduate, consider moving to Niagara Falls. The city will pay your college loan bill for two years, up to $7,000, if you move to a distressed downtown area. The Buffalo News reports:
“They have a need: to pay their loans. We have a need: We don’t have enough of them. So we said, ‘How can we combine the two?'” Community Development Director Seth A. Piccirillo said. “We want to do something that isn’t being done somewhere else.”
Attracting young professionals with discretionary income would in turn attract retailers downtown and help stop the city’s population loss before it dips below 50,000 — when it would lose its status in some federal programs after the next U.S. census, city leaders say.
“If we cannot fix that, then we do not have a future,” Mayor Paul A. Dyster said. “Trying to revitalize a downtown without young people is like trying to get bread to rise without yeast.”
– Speaking of desperate bids to revitalize local economies, the Syracuse Post-Standard‘s post mortem on the Destiny USA project explains how the developer will end up paying no property taxes for 30 years.
– Arc of Monroe workers want to form a union. Management is freaking out.
– More than 1,000 people are on Rochester area library waiting lists to read “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
– Ancient mummies are okay. Teeth and hair are okay. Plasticized bodies…maybe not. State Senator Jim Alesi introduced a bill last week that would require a state health department permit for the display of certain kinds of human remains for commercial purposes. The bill’s justification says:
Recently, an exhibit which displays plasticized bodies has been touring the country. The exhibit displays bodies that have been embalmed using a special process which permits the body to retain its shape and size. The bodies are displayed with the skin and some bones removed so that the human anatomy may be observed in different stages and different positions. Although the exhibit is considered educational and interesting entertainment by many, a question has arose about the origin of these bodies…Therefore, this bill is necessary to ensure that the public health is protected and that the commercial display of human remains does not create new incentives for the theft of improper procurement of such remains.
One such exhibit, “Our Body: The Universe Within” was at the Rochester Museum and Science Center in 2007. Similar shows were dogged by questions about the origins of the cadavers and the ethics of displaying human remains.