October 9, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>One Northern California man started a business to help his local transit agency get connected with Google Transit.</p>
Eureka Reporter
October 9, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A San Diego-based company is marketing solarized parking lots and solar trees as a way to provide shade and generate electricity.</p>
October 8, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Online maps showing everything from city streets to gas lines and fire hydrants are increasingly available. Government officials have limited the availability of infrastructure maps due to their possible use by terrorists.</p>
October 8, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The new program allows motorist to add time to their parking meter by dialing a toll free number.</p>
Chicago Sun Times
October 5, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>New York city has unveiled a pilot program that helps bus riders know when their bus is coming by employing GPS tracking devices and digital signs at some Manhattan bus stops.</p>
The New York Times
October 5, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The Idaho Observer</em> discusses the negative health impacts of radiation for cell phone towers -- negative impacts also associated with the municipal Wi-Fi networks proposed or already built in cities across the country.</p>
The Idaho Observer
October 2, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Looking to London as an example, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has plans to expand the city's closed-circuit video surveillance camera system.</p>
October 2, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Los Angeles has one of the world's most advanced traffic detection systems, enabling it to manipulate traffic signals on the fly by using real-time data. But This data is saved for only a few days, limiting the extensive data's long-term use.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
October 1, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Why many cities attempts to create city-wide wireless networks have failed....and why some cities have been successful.</p>
September 28, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>World-renowned environment experts have proposed a system of huge tubes placed in the world's oceans that would cycle nutrients to encourage booms in the population of algae -- organisms that naturally consume and sequester carbon.</p>
The Guardian
September 23, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>In six states, test runs will assess public attitudes and acceptance of road taxation systems that ditch gas taxes and charge drivers based on how many miles they drive.</p>
USA Today
Blog post
September 21, 2007, 7am PDT
I'm posting this blog entry live in front of a panel session of approximately 200 participants at the 2007 Ohio Planning Conference at the Columbus Conference Center to demonstrate, live, how one posts to a blog.

Columbus Conference Center in walkable downtown ColumbusI'm presenting on "Web 2.0 Tools to Communicate Planning Ideas". Here's the pitch:
Chris Steins
September 20, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>In this column, urban planning professor Justin Hollander asserts that online games such as “Second Life” have the potential to enable genuine public participation in civic affairs.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 16, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Predictions that our high-tech age of connectivity and wire-free communications would drain big cities, the world's financial centers remain heavily populated and their economies are thriving.</p>
The Economist
September 15, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>After a flurry of announcements regarding blanketing cities with free Internet access, the actual forecast for these wireless networks looks rather bleak.</p>
The Economist
September 14, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Motorists beware - if you double-park in a transit-only lane in San Francisco next year, that bus behind you could take your photo resulting in a $250 citation, if AB 101 is signed by Governor Schwarzenegger.</p>
The Examiner
September 14, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The rural communities of Kentucky are wiring up, and a statewide effort to convince rural residents of the benefits of internet access expects nearly 98% of the state to have internet access by the end of the year.</p>
The Economist
September 13, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Over the summer, plans fell through on a number of major municipal Wi-Fi projects in major American cities, such as Chicago and Houston. But these networks are thriving in smaller communities around the country.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
September 13, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A high-tech elevator for cars is being considered as a way to save space in a condo conversion planned in Charlotte, North Carolina. The elevator will also help preserve the historic building's facade.</p>
The Charlotte Observer
September 11, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>The city of Rome recently launched a dynamic mapping project that utilizes cell phones and GPS devices to display the city's flow of traffic and pedestrians on a publicly accessible website.</p>