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    Boom, Crash, Presto

    Creative Class' Florida envisions how crash will reshape America... and Texas

    Not everyone favorite's urban theorist, Richard Florida always manages to be provocative. In the coming March 2009 issue of The Atlantic, Florida's cover story discusses how the boom will reshape the urban topology of America.

    He notes that in a recent survey of 381 metro areas by Moody's Investor Services, 302 were already in recession, 64 were at risk, and only 15 were continuing to expanding. Guess where?

    "Notable among them were the oil- and natural-resource-rich regions of Texas and Oklahoma, buoyed by energy prices that have since fallen; and the Greater Washington, D.C., region, where government bailouts, the nationalization of financial companies, and fiscal expansion are creating work for lawyers, lobbyists, political scientists, and government contractors."
    That may no longer be true, but it means Texas and our energy kith and kin to the north got some reprieve from the heartache affecting most of the country.

    Also worth noting is a fantastic map detailing data for hundreds of cities including population change since 1860, patents issued since 1975, and income change since 2001. .:.


    Glory Days

    A gift for the person who has everything

    Want to impress friends and colleagues in the energy industry? Look no further than design firm Lucky Seven, which was recently highlighted in business idea newsletter at Springwise.com.

    Based in London, Lucky Seven (www.luckyseven.tv) was founded by Jay Jay Burridge. Inspired by 1970s sci-fi films like Alien, 2001, and Outland, Burridge designs caps based on brands that exist only on celluloid or, in this case, over radiowaves. Just imagine showing up for the next company picnic with a genuine Ewing Oil ballcap.

    Just be prepared to plunk down some cash. These custom made hats don't come cheap. .:.

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