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April 17, 2004

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We all know about red states where Republicans dominate the political landscape and the blue states where Democrats are in charge. But a new report from the Austin American-Statesman says that we may be headed for red cities and blue cities  maybe even red and blue neighborhoods.

Can that kind of division really be good for America? What are the risks when only the like-minded talk to each other?

We'll ask Bill Bishop who researched and authoredÊthe report.

Bill is a writer on the special projects team at the Austin (TX) American-Statesman, where he has worked since November 1999. Before coming to Austin, Bill was associate editor and columnist for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.

Bill was Senior Journalist in Residence at Duke University's Sanford Institution for Public Policy in 1994, where he taught a course on rural development. In 1996, he was the Ford Foundation Writer in Residence at MDC, Inc., a rural development think tank in Chapel Hill, N.C.

We'll also talk to Phil Myrick, of Project for Public Spaces in New York, about the workshop he leads,Ê

Phil is assistant vice president and project director at Project for Public Spaces in New York. The organization has been working to promote great public spaces for 30 years. Phil is leading the organization's workshop on "How to Turn a Place Around: Creating Great Neighborhood Spaces."

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