Technology

April 14, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>On its MemphisCrimeStories.com 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>
BBC
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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>
BBC
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
March 27, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>In one of the clearest directives to states yet, an FHWA official stated publicly that they want to award money to highway departments to actually implement -- not simply study -- congestion pricing.</p>
The Advocate (Stamford, CT)
March 25, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Bruce Sterling gives an insightful tour around the city of Belgrade and explores the transformation and pressures brought about by globalization.</p>
YouTube
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March 21, 2007, 12am PDT
What better way to envision the future of a city than with a cartoon?


None, I say!

Nate Berg
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March 19, 2007, 10pm PDT

I drive the Bay Bridge just about every work day. I'm not proud of this fact. I never expected to be one of those dreaded suburban commuters, living off urban sprawl, the sole occupant of a compact car inching through rush hour traffic twice a day.

So sue me. Or better yet, give me enough money to afford a house in San Francisco. Until then, Berkeley it is.

But on my morning drive last week I saw a new feature amid the landscape of cargo containers that borders the southern side of the Bay Bridge toll plaza—that's on the East Bay side. It was a new billboard, depicted above. I have no idea how it works. But damn, is it bright. It's an active surface—it changes, presumably according to programming, cycling through a bunch of different ads. So what? Well, for one thing, it's the biggest, brightest one of these kind of signs I've ever seen, high resolution and bright enough to be seen in stark California sunlight. And second, it's just another step in the Blade Runnerfication of our cities.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. More after the jump.

March 19, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Just like it's possible to share files using peer-to-peer networking, a German research group envisions enabling cars and bikes to share useful traffic and road condition information with other vehicles.</p>
Blog post
March 16, 2007, 12pm PDT

Spanish-style home at Darrow Estates (small)I'm making a prediction: While the real estate market in RL (real life) is cooling off, the real estate market in Second Life (SL) is heating up.

I was recently contacted via IM (instant message) by Elliot Eldrich. I interviewed Elliot several months ago for a feature-length article about urban planning in Second Life. (The article appeared in the January, 2007 issue of the American Planning Association's Planning magazine, but is now also available online.)

Chris Steins
March 14, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>An Internet networking site intended to help people organize rideshares is being unveiled in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, and many local officials hope the ease of arranging rides via the Internet will encourage more shared rides.</p>
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
March 14, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Will Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to provide free wireless access really benefit Los Angeles?</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>A detailed 3D model of Berlin has been added to the program Google Earth, enabling visitors to "walk" through the virtual city and many of its historic sites and buildings. The city and Google expect further integration, with virtual stores and more.</p>
Der Spiegel
March 11, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>The recently launched Open Architecture Network uses Web 2.0 technology to get designers to share their ideas to benefit the neediest members of global society.</p>
Wired News
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March 9, 2007, 11am PST

Are politicians becoming obsolete in the age of the Internet? Are they simply the 'middle-men' that will be replaced by votes cast directly by citizens? This was the issue before a veritable rock-star cast of poliltical insiders from California and around the country. So what is the G-Word?

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Chris Steins
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March 9, 2007, 6am PST

How useful is planning scholarship to planners in practice? Thirty years ago, the author of a British study of information use by planners found, "The journal is not a source of major importance to the planner in practice, though this statement must be taken to reflect inadequate privision and inadequate timeing for reading" (White, 1974). Perspectives differ, but at least some of the problem has been the difficulty of finding relevant scholarship at the moment it is needed. I believe that these difficulties have greatly reduced in the past few years, and that we are on the verge of an unprecedently increase in the use of scholarship in practice fueled by online bibliographic searching and retrieval. From both the scholar's and the practitioner's perspectives, this change will have substantial effects.

Bruce Stiftel