Blog post
May 30, 2007, 11am PDT

4 tools that support community building at the street level.

Just heard from my co-worker, Chris Haller, who is at Where 2.0 that Google has announced yet another cool tool for visualization. Street View provides panoramic views embedded as an additional view to g-maps. Initially this tool is only available in 5 cities: Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

Was able to locate the following YouTube demo. Corny video, but cool technology.

Ken Snyder
May 29, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Heathrow Airport is set to launch what may be the world's largest trial of a personal rapid transit (PRT) system. The electric "pod cabs" will carry passengers and luggage from a parking area to a new terminal -- a journey of about four minutes.</p>
The Times (UK)
May 26, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Solar-powered, high-tech garbage cans are to be installed on the lakeshore in Chicago, which the city hopes will help reduce the amount of garbage that collects on the beaches in summertime.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>In an effort to help Boston bikers ride safely, an online "wiki" has been unveiled that uses mapping software to identify the safest and most dangerous routes in the city.</p>
The Boston Globe
May 18, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>A new website promises to link eco-conscious commuters who are looking to carpool to work.</p>
Cambridge Chronicle
May 14, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>A virtual 3D model of parts of Glasgow, Scotland, has been completed and is now available for viewing online. Organizers of the detailed modeling effort anticipate it being a powerful tool for planners and the public.</p>
May 11, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>More and more suburban Illinois communities are streaming their public hearings over the web, enabling more people to follow their local democratic process -- a trend being seen across the country.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 2, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Speaking at a technology related conference, Andres Duany talks about how the rise of high-speed internet connections and telecommuting has increased the importance of social activity created by traditional neighborhood design.</p>
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Blog post
April 24, 2007, 1pm PDT

I've been spending a lot of time over the past couple of years examining the planning literature on sustainable development. Sustainable development, as a concept, remains vague. For those interested, take a look at my recent article in the journal Property Management.

Samuel Staley
Blog post
April 23, 2007, 7am PDT

On the Sunday that the April Nor’easter dumped the second highest rainfall ever recorded in Central Park, I waded to the New York Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. I wasn’t there to see the mighty floor show of preening cars inside the convention center, I went to see the Taxi ’07 exhibition outside on the wind and rain swept lower roadway. For anyone who has tried to hail a taxi in a Manhattan rainstorm, visiting the exhibition on that Sunday raised a familiar feeling: nearly a dozen yellow taxis in sight, not one of which was going to pick me up and whisk me away to dry land.

Barbara Knecht
April 20, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Several of Second Life's most successful entrepreneurs making real money in a virtual world are "real estate" developers.</p>
Business Week
April 16, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Combining Google's satellite mapping technology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's dearth of pollution and contamination data, new web applications let users map out toxic and contaminated sites.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>On its site, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal utilizes GIS technology to allow residents to plug in their street name or zip code and see recently reported crimes in their areas.</p>
Memphis Commercial-Appeal
April 13, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A navigation channeling project started in the early 1900s destroyed more than 300,000 acres of midwest wetlands. Now, a new pumping system on the Mississippi River is reviving the wetlands and rejuvenating their wildlife populations.</p>
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 11, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>A residents' association in Paris is inviting locals to share their ideas about redeveloping a garden and public space in the center of the city by creating them in the virtual reality world Second Life.</p>
Blog post
April 7, 2007, 9pm PDT

In the last few years, a set of interactive, web-based technologies has reinvented the web. Myspace, Meetup, Wikipedia, Youtube have become household words, and millions of people worldwide are surfing social networking websites, writing blogs, and collaborating online in new ways. These so-called "Web 2.0" technologies were the inspiration for TIME's person of the year: You. What the true impact of these technologies will be, we must conceded it is, as TIME says, "a massive social experiment."

Robert Goodspeed
April 6, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>To raise awareness of global warming, a massive sea level change was staged in the online virtual reality world "Second Life" that flooded areas such as London and Tokyo -- similar to what scientists predict could occur within this century.</p>
National Geographic News
April 1, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The Brazilian government plans to provide free satellite internet access to indigenous rainforest communities in an effort to improve communication between the groups and authorities with the goal of protecting the rainforests.</p>
March 31, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Google has replaced current maps of New Orleans with pre-Katrina satellite images on its Google Maps website.</p>
The Washington Post
March 29, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>An Arizona home owner's association fines a resident for installing a solar-powered heater arguing that the appearance of the device violates the subdivision's deed restrictions.</p>
The Arizona Republic