Cities are planning major wireless infrastructure projects to provide city-wide wireless access. Taipei wants to build the world's largest "hotspot" providing outdoor Internet access throughout the city. [Via Slashdot] The article quotes a Taipei city official who talks about the Wi-Fi project as not only beneficial to businesses but also to improve residents' quality of life [Italics mine]. Blog Post
Nov 19, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan
I keep saying, urban life is not for the faint of heart. New article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (here's the abstract; fulltext is subscriber-only) says that elevated ozone events correlate to increased deaths. They looked at 95 cities; here's the salient bit from the abstract: A 10-ppb increase in the previous week�s ozone was associated with a 0.52% increase in daily mortality (95% posterior interval [PI], 0.27%-0.77%) and a 0.64% increase in cardiovascular and respiratory mortality (95% PI, 0.31%-0.98%). Blog Post
Nov 16, 2004   By
The Sierra Club is using photomontage images online to demonstrate what "smart growth" can look like and feel like Several photos show the difference between existing sprawl and potential smart growth solutions. Photomontage is a visualization technique that is becoming increasingly popular as a tool to demonstrate what the future might look like under different design or build-out scenarios. Blog Post
Nov 9, 2004   By Ken Snyder
A color-coded map of how different states voted in the 2004 U.S. presidential election was probably the most common graphic used to convey the election results in a single picture by the news media. The following graphic by CNN uses color to highlight the states that "switched" parties. CNN: 2004 Election Results by State The New York Times had a more informative map that took into account population density. Blog Post
Nov 5, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan
In which metropolitan areas did businesses move to adopt the Internet most quickly? A July, 2003 research paper from Carnegie Mellon University, co-authored by Chris Forman, Avi Goldfarb and Shane Greenstein, explores the extent of commercial adoption of the Internet in the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas. The paper -- "How did Location Affect Adoption of the Commercial Internet?-Global Village, Urban Density and Industry Composition" --explores the connection between industry composition and city size in explaining business use of the Internet. Blog Post
Nov 5, 2004   By Chris Steins
I've been talking about Democratic margins in cities, but check out this exit poll analysis from CJR Campaign Desk: [T]he category in which Bush showed the most significant gains over the year 2000 was urban voters (who made up 30 percent of all voters), among whom Bush polled 9 percentage points better than in 2000. Blog Post
Nov 4, 2004   By
Here's the county-by-county map for this year, thanks to USA Today. Blue is mostly cities; red is suburban and rural, as I've pointed out before. What's interesting is, as I understand it, Kerry victories in the blue towns were by a much narrower margin than Bush victories in the red regions. Blog Post
Nov 4, 2004   By
Liveblogging this on election night: I told you so. CNN now explaining that the islands of blue in Ohio, in a sea of red, are the counties containing Cleveland and Dayton. Islands of blue in Florida are Miami. I'm just sayin'...if Kerry wins tonight (or tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow) it'll be the urban areas that do it. Blog Post
Nov 2, 2004   By
I've been hearing a lot about WiMax, and thi article,Mobile 'hot spots' push limits from the St. Paul Pioneer Press explains how a Twin Cities tech entrepreneur has retrofitted an old TV-station truck to serve as a roving hot spot for Internet access. His technology firm has blanketed the metropolitan area with WiMax transmitters atop local skyscrapers. "DeVaan's modified van performs a similar trick. Its mast communicates with any of the wireless-Internet transceivers has put atop Twin Cities skyscrapers, including Wells Fargo Place in downtown St. Blog Post
Nov 1, 2004   By Chris Steins
An article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press features some interesting approaches to enhancing a city's WiFi infrastructure. (Via Slashdot) "WazTempe, a Tempe, Ariz.-based wireless-Internet pro-vider that is turning the city into one big Wi-Fi hot spot, has come up with a clever way to plug gaps in its network: golf carts equipped as Wi-Fi repeaters. The Waz Mobile Units transmit in a roughly one-mile radius and can integrate with the rest of the city's wireless "mesh" infrastructure." Blog Post
Nov 1, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan