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A World of Potential

It began with a great idea: Gather a diverse group of local civic leaders and take them around the globe to see how other great cities are growing and innovating. But in our notoriously insular town, petty politics and small-mindedness keep the City to City program from reaching its full promise.

In Beijing, businessman Darryl Settles (eyeing model up close) and (from left, front row) John Hancock’s Carol Fulp, Richard Walker of the Federal Reserve Bank, and entrepreneur Clayton Turnbull, as well as the BRA’s Kairos Shen (right of Settles) check out a model of National Stadium, one of the sites for this year’s Summer Olympics. (Photo by Cancan Chu) In Beijing, businessman Darryl Settles (eyeing model up close) and (from left, front row) John Hancock’s Carol Fulp, Richard Walker of the Federal Reserve Bank, and entrepreneur Clayton Turnbull, as well as the BRA’s Kairos Shen (right of Settles) check out a model of National Stadium, one of the sites for this year’s Summer Olympics.
By Robert L. Turner
February 3, 2008

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ALREADY ASTONISHED BY THE MASSIVE SCALE OF construction in Shanghai, a group of Bostonians touring China last fall stopped for a demonstration in a music class in the Jing An school district, marveling at something with no mass at all - the absent strings of a harp. In this spotless elementary school classroom filled with instruments and joyous shouts of ... (Full article: 3355 words)

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