One of my favorite excerpts from this talk is a description of Portland having the first public bike parking shelter in the history of the grid. When the mayor of Portland came to cut the ribbon on the structure, he said: "I didn't even plan to say this today, but I'm the executive of the city and today I declare all these [city repair] projects will be free of permit. The city will insure all these things. We are getting out of the way of facilitating this, because we have a lot to do, and a lot not to do."
Please check out their website at http://cityrepair.org/
There is also a Planet Repair Institute that is a demonstration site for neighborhood repair - http://planetrepair.wordpress.com/
"We employ tools of permaculture, natural building and placemaking to create ecological and social relationships that are cyclical, interconnected, symbiotic, and life-affirming. The energetic outputs of our house feeds our gardens, our landscapes, and our communities, which then feed us. We are currently engaged in projects to correct the inefficient, wasteful, and resource intensive structures of our house in order to create a home that is built from natural, local and living materials, and powered by captured energies that pass naturally through our landscape."
Thank you Mark Lakeman, and city and planet repair folks!