We were greeted by a gorgeous, sunny day in Seattle with a couple of free hours before the book event at Secky Fasciane’s house, so my colleague John Anderson from Vancouver ACORN indulged me and off we went to find the new Seattle Central Public Library. I was eager to see the Rem Koolhaus building that was under construction last time I was downtown, and that I had read now defined the state-of-the-art in establishing a modern library and perhaps something about public space as well. We were not disappointed.
New Orleans Rinku Sen somehow had perfect timing. She happened to be in New Orleans as a board member for Restaurant Opportunities Center and its national operations, but as an author sharing the same publisher (www.bkconnection.com) and editor of Colorlines, she and I were having lunch on the day we sent Social Policy to press and were getting to finally hold Citizen Wealth in our hot hands. It was good to see an old friend, but even more valuable to talk shop and get her advice.
Colorlines it seems, like almost every publication these days, is having the print or web debate. Rinku seems to feel the web is the future, and given the great interest and success of the magazine on the web, it’s easy to understand why. More than 100,000 unique visitors are coming onsite to check out Colorlines and its perspective every month. There’s no way to match that readership in print or unfortunately with subscriptions making them paying customers. Continue reading