Mobile applications (apps) are gaining in popularity as tools for increasing participation in local governance and planning, and are opening up new possibilities for planners to tap into the wisdom of the crowd. Brittany Kubinski and Jennifer Evans-Cowley have surveyed a cross-section of planners to understand their app use habits, and have developed an extensive list of the most effective mobile apps for planners. Exclusive
Sep 4, 2012 By
Ride share websites and mobile apps take the guesswork out of finding a ride and move social networking offline and onto the open road, fueling a revival of car-pooling, reports Mickey Meece.
Jul 10, 2012 The New York Times
Tyler Falk reports on new data released by Facebook, mapping the top 5 "social landmarks" in 25 cities from Seoul to São Paulo.
Jun 25, 2012 The Atlantic Cities
Sarah Kathleen Peck speaks with Amanda Walter and Holly Berkley about their new book, "Social Media in Action," the challenges different design professions have in communicating their work, and the ways in which new technologies are making it easier.
Jun 8, 2012 Metropolis POV Blog
After aiding in the dissolution of Egypt's authoritarian regime, social media is being enlisted to tackle a more formidable obstacle: easing its capital city's traffic, reports Noel King.
May 22, 2012 Good
Michael M. Grynbaum reports on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's dubious relationship with social media, and his unease with its tendency to shift the public discourse away from long-term thinking.
Mar 25, 2012 The New York Times
Nearly half of consumers now report that they look for local business information using the Internet, more than any other source.
Dec 23, 2011 Pew Research Center
With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners
have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members
who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below
demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.
Oct 24, 2011 By
As readers of this blog will know I encourage people to find
out about planning programs in multiple ways. Reading the work of faculty is a
crucial first step as is reading the program's web site. Visiting open houses
or connecting with students (programs often set up some kind of chat space Opinion
Oct 22, 2011 By
A group calling itself the "Detroit Mower Gang" has gone rogue on the city's poorly maintained playgrounds, attacking them with weed wackers and riding mowers to get them back into shape for the city's kids.
Apr 18, 2011 The Hub (Detroit Regional News)