Technology

June 18, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The use of geographic information systems for the public good is a rapidly growing field. The technology shows great promise for discovering unequal distribution of resources and environmental racism, writes Peter Manzo.</p>
Stanford Social Innovation Review
June 12, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>North Oaks, Minnesota is one of a handful of towns pushing back on Google, claiming that their Street View feature is a violation of privacy.</p>
Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul
June 12, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Instead of sending an ambulance every time someone calls 9-1-1, the Houston City Council voted to contract with a telephone nursing service for non-emergencies.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
June 11, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A new web site that generates directions for cyclists could supplant the New York City Bike Map.</p>
Streetsblog
June 9, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Urban planning commentator Robert Goodspeed declares June "Public Participation in Urban Planning Month" and offers a four part series examining how technology and public participation might be more closely linked.</p>
The Goodspeed Update
June 9, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This slideshow form <em>Popular Science</em> takes a step-by-step look at how to detect and uncover ancient buried settlements from satellite imagery.</p>
Popular Science
June 4, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A new technology called plasma gasification may make landfills a thing of the past, and make city garbage collection a profitable service.</p>
Popular Science
June 3, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>In expectation of a new exhibit opening at the Whitney Museum of Art, the New Yorker reflects on the curious life and career of Buckminster Fuller.</p>
The New Yorker
June 2, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Noah Radford of Space Syntax gave an interesting presentation on the possible future of "spimes", objects like bricks that are given self-awareness in space and time (hence, spime) and what such objects might mean for future planning and design.</p>
Resources for Urban Design Information
May 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>BART, the region's rail transit agency, is negotiating with a private company to install a wireless network that would allow riders to check email and access the Internet.</p>
PC World
May 21, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The video website YouTube is home to a growing number of clips that document traffic conditions in cities around the world.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
May 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Some planners hope that driverless car technology can finally put an end to traffic jams.</p>
The North County Times
Blog post
May 15, 2008, 4pm PDT

I believe it's very likely that within a few years, planning departments will be using blogs, and perhaps other social networking site options, as approaches to public input on planning policy or development applications.

Perhaps some are doing it already?

Brent Toderian
May 13, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>The automaker has announced plans for a fully-electric vehicle by 2010, and says it wants to lead the industry towards zero-emission vehicles.</p>
The New York Times
May 10, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>One country stands out in Europe in surpassing the greenhouse gas emission reductions required by the Kyoto Protocol - Sweden. While it used several environmental technologies to achieve those reductions, experts give credit to its carbon tax.</p>
The Guardian
May 7, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A number of innovative new bicycle designs were on display at this year's International Bicycle Design Competition, including a bike that folds into its own backpack carrying case -- making it easy to take on public transit.</p>
Gizmag
May 7, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>In an incredible recycling operation that reduces global warming, a waste hauler is building a facility to produce Liquefied Natural Gas from methane emitted from its California landfill to fuel its garbage trucks.</p>
The Sacramento Bee
May 6, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Despite naysayers, Masdar City is moving forward. The goal: to be the world's first modern-day carbon-free city.</p>
National Public Radio
May 4, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Transportation Secretary Mary Peters (or, more likely, her communications team) has taken up blogging, but the new PR outlet comes with a title that's not so friendly to all modes of transportation.</p>
Streetsblog
May 1, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>$153 million in congestion reduction funds that had been awarded to New York City will now go to Chicago to apply congestion pricing to street parking spaces. Funds will also go toward developing pilot Bus Rapid Transit routes on dedicated lanes.</p>
U.S DOT: Office of Public Affairs