January 2, 2008, 10am PST
<p>In an academic journal article, noted geographer Michael Goodchild argues that user-generated content can profoundly impact Geographic Information Systems.</p>
Science Daily
January 1, 2008, 9am PST
<p>1808 - 1908 - 2008, 2108. The New York Times looks at two centuries of predictions and invites ten New Yorkers to imagine New York City a century from today, in 2108.</p>
The New York Times
December 27, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The Pentagon and an international consortium are investigating the feasibility of 'beaming back' solar energy from a network of space-based satellites and Pacific island-based antennae that could begin operating as early as 2012.</p>
AP via San Francisco Chronicle
December 26, 2007, 9am PST
<p>The Minneapolis citywide wi-fi network is expected to become self-sustaining by February, according to officials.</p>
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
December 26, 2007, 8am PST
<p>A new trial in the San Francisco Bay Area has riders using their phone to pay for transit fare.</p>
Banking Unwired
December 22, 2007, 5am PST
<p>New types of pavements are being tested in Washington that make highway traffic noticeably quieter.</p>
The Seattle Times
December 21, 2007, 7am PST
<p>A new interactive information sharing network has been created to help commuters work their commute efficiently and with the most information possible.</p>
Boson Now
December 20, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>A UC Irvine professor and a transportation firm are teaming up to use the online virtual world Second Life to test real world public transit ideas.</p>
O.C. Register
December 19, 2007, 5am PST
A personal rapid transit (PRT) system is currently under construction as part of the renovation of London's Heathrow airport. The system is on track to begin operations within two years.
December 18, 2007, 9am PST
<p>High-tech businesses and industries are popping up in more and more rural towns, bringing jobs and boosting the economies of these small areas.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
December 14, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The urban lighting artist responsible for illuminating hundreds of Parisian landmarks tackles one last challenge before retiring: the Notre Dame Cathedral.</p>
The Globe & Mail
December 8, 2007, 7am PST
<p>No longer science fiction, autonomous vehicles have the potential to reshape the transportation landscape. But are drivers ready to let go of the wheel?</p>
The New York Times
December 6, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>GPS devices in Britain looking for the best routes possible are directing truck drivers through tiny towns without the proper road space and infrastructure to handle their loads. Some towns are thinking about requesting removal from the map.</p>
The New York Times
Blog post
December 5, 2007, 9am PST

 In an earlier post, I wrote about how the EcoDensity Initiative here in Vancouver has been transforming the public dialogue about density ( ). Since then, over autumn, the conversations have intensified, with Vancouverites from all perspectives weighing in. Just Google "ecodensity" for a flavour of what’s being written, in media, articles, and blogs, etc. The community is very aware and engaged in this important initiative, and that’s a great thing. 

Brent Toderian
December 3, 2007, 1pm PST
Digital billboards are slowly cropping up in cities across the country. Federal officials have ruled them safe, but many opponents are calling them a blight and a safety hazard.
November 30, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Unscrupulous Londoners have already learned how to beat that city's famed congestion charge system, and with Mayor Bloomberg's plan relying on the same technology, there are worries about a surge in license plate counterfeiting.</p>
November 15, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>How computer-aided design (CAD) changed manufacturing, architecture and engineering.</p>
November 14, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Road designers in Japan have created a system of specialized grooves on highway pavement that produce melodies when cars drive over them at certain speeds.</p>
The Guardian
November 13, 2007, 8am PST
<p>City officials in Tucson, Arizona, have called off plans to implement a citywide Wi-Fi system, opting instead to build access points only in those parts of the well-connected city where rates of access to the internet are low.</p>
Arizona Daily Star
Blog post
November 12, 2007, 5pm PST

XO-1 computerHere at Planetizen and Urban Insight, many of our efforts to serve the planning community take place on Windows and Mac computers that would, much like your own computers at your home and office (or even your sparkly new iPhone), dwarf even the most powerful machines of a generation ago. We use these computers to build websites, create maps, share data, explore 3D environments, design, organize databases, and lots of other tasks that can bring new worlds to life without shoveling an ounce of dirt.

Chris Steins