Tag: Business

It’s absolutely baffling to me how the Bureau of Transportation managed to tell restaurant-owners that their sidewalk permits had been revoked until October without providing sufficient reassurance and guidance regarding the new Healthy Businesses initiative to open up sidewalks, curbs, and traffic lanes. How in the world in this environment do you just up and scare people like that? I get that they’ve since owned up to the mistake in method and messaging, but I’d really like to know exactly how it went down this way.

Interesting point at the end of this opbmusic piece about the plight of Oregon’s music venues during a pandemic: when venues can re-open, there could be more emphasis on prime slots for local musicians.

It’s technically sort of advertisement for a musician-owned online music cooperative, but this Yancey Strickler post has some interesting arguments about coops and an “economy that strives for self-sufficiency rather than growth”.

That’s the crazy thing: if the value set expands to include equitable ownership, the existing players can’t compete. They’re locked into the old paradigm the same way they’ve locked us into their services. If a new social network launched with collective ownership core to its offer, Facebook’s ownership structure would prevent them from copying it. Because Facebook, Patreon, and others are wedded to the previous paradigm, their structures are fundamentally incompatible with a world where the values of ownership have changed, as Ampled cleverly lays out in this blog post.


By the end of the decade, every category will have a co-op player. Some of these will fail. Others will replace the existing “do-gooder” players in their category with a “do-better” offer. Many more will break up larger markets into smaller, more directly owned ones. After globalization is Balkanization.

Man, I get it. I really do. But this coffeeshop in Philadelphia (via John Gruber) is depressing. All that plexiglass makes it more like a security line than a coffee line. I know we have to be safe but do we not have design ideas that aren’t sterile and antiseptic?

Healthy Businesses Permits For St. Johns?

Trying to figure out what streets in downtown St. Johns could work as outdoor plazas under the new Healthy Businesses permit given that the main drag — North Lombard — would be exempt due to being a transit route, I think that segments of Alta, Burlington, Leavitt, and John are good candidates, in that they could be used not only by businesses on those streets but by nearby businesses on Lombard near the intersection(s).

Alta would allow for Champ’s Barber, Affogato, and Homegrown Smoker. Burlington would allow for The Great North, Sol Bowl, Chop, and 45th Parallel Wines. Leavitt would allow for St. Johns Coffee, Wood Fired Eats, Paiku, and North End Barber. John would allow for John Street Cafe, Hot Dog Energy, and Stormbreaker.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that all of these locations become plazas under the new permitting process. These are just my best takes on where they might work.


  1. It’s possible that maybe lower Leavitt would not work due to the US Bank parking lot.

Tonight was takeout from Kung Food Restaurant, only a couple of minutes away on foot, for the Kung Pao Beef which I don’t think I’ve had before. This wasn’t intentionally for Takeout Tuesday, but there you go.

I dropped Killing Eve and I don’t listen to Taylor Swift, but this story spinning out of this week’s episode is pretty spectacular.

One of the numerous comic conventions that have been canceled or postponed is also, unsurprisingly, the biggest in the U.S.—San Diego Comic-Con—which usually sees over 130,000 attendees. Others scheduled for the remainder of 2020, like Star Wars Celebration and New York Comic Con, are up in the air. For fans, this means missing out on panels, celebrity sightings, social events, and spending time with friends they may not otherwise see. But for professional cosplayers—some of whom make a living or at least a supportive second income from cosplay—this also means losing appearance fees, sponsorship deals, and the opportunity to sell merchandise to fans.

From Cosplay Is a Business and It Is Suffering by Beth Elderkin (via The Rec Center)

Today’s weirdest news? The new bagel place in St. Johns is becoming a hotdog place although you’ll still be able to get bagels and schmear. According to that Instagram post, the pandemic forced the closure of the owner’s brunch spot, so now St. Johns gets hotdogs for some reason.

Apparently over on Micro.blog they are doing a book recommendation challenge this week, and I’d be interested if anyone is assembling any stats on what sites people are linking to for their recommendations; I’m particularly curious about use of Bookshop.

Newberg had an interesting idea to help both residents and businesses: credit towards your municipal utilities bill when you patronize local companies.

I’d been wondering about “personal services speakeasies” and Gothamist talked to a few. There’s literally a hair stylist who considers his work to be “essential” because “many of the professionals who do still have jobs want to look good when they appear on screen in a Zoom meeting”.

Link Log Roundup for May 17, 2020

In this edition: Obama and leadership, Oregon aid money debate, early-opening drive-ins, and the context of history.