Technology

June 19, 2006, 1pm PDT
With the cost of living so high, Silicon Valley, CA has become a victim of its own success. eWeek weighs in on the debate over which cities have the right ingredients to become the next tech hubs.
eWeek
June 16, 2006, 8am PDT
Wendell Cox weighs the true costs over the reported costs of creating a high speed train system for cities between San Diego and Sacramento. He offers opposition to a very expensive and likely underused project.
Orange County Register
June 7, 2006, 1pm PDT
The Washington farmland town of Quincy has signed deals with Yahoo and Microsoft to house huge new Internet data centers -- server farms -- and land prices are spiking. Low power costs and high connectivity can create a 'technology gold rush'.
BusinessWeek
Blog post
June 6, 2006, 4am PDT
There's been an increasing number of urban projects breaking out the paint brushes as a low-cost means of improving cities. As stated by Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba, for every zero that is removed from a city budget, the more creative solutions become. It seems these examples represent areas with extremely limited budgets. Object Orange is a public art project in Detroit that is calling attention to blighted structures through the use of bright orange paint. It seems their efforts have resulted in their desired outcome - increased demolition of unsafe structures.
Scott Page
June 5, 2006, 2pm PDT
Joel Kotkin takes issue with Paul Graham's recent commentary on "How To Be Silicon Valley", asserting that his logic is elitist and much of his evidence incorrect, in this three-part Inc.com blog entry.
Inc.com
June 4, 2006, 1pm PDT
Once hailed the transit-pay mechanism of the future, the cards have become one of Bay Area transit's biggest flops. Yet the money keeps flowing while the costs keep rising.
The Contra Costa Times
June 2, 2006, 12pm PDT
Interesting mapping applications are emerging from museums and other organizations dedicated to education and conservation.
The Christian Science Monitor
May 31, 2006, 1pm PDT
City Life is a stunning city-building simulation which gives players the opportunity to build and manage a modern day metropolis in a fully 3D world. The game is being hailed as "SimCity with a conscience."
GameSpot
May 28, 2006, 7am PDT
Tele Atlas NV, a Boston-based mapping company, is incorporating the latest technologies to change the way drivers navigate.
The Detroit Free Press
Blog post
May 23, 2006, 11am PDT
The always-rewarding Bldgblog has a fun interview with Mike Davis, who wrote the iconic history of Los Angeles City of Quartz. Davis is flacking a new book, Planet of Slums
May 19, 2006, 7am PDT
A team of Northern California promoters of "plug-in hybrids" demonstrated their technology to a House science team. While receiving bi-partisan endorsement, success may be in the hands of the auto industry.
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 17, 2006, 6am PDT
In order to compete with other technologically advanced cities, New York City will add free wireless internet service by July, with other large City parks to receive the technology soon thereafter.
The New York Times
May 8, 2006, 1pm PDT
The "personal parking meter" may be the ultimate in convenience and ultimately, demand-based pricing for city parking. It is starting to catch on in major cities.
Engadget
May 3, 2006, 11am PDT
A team of researchers use satellite data to create a grid of 8.7 billion data cells tracking the evolution of land use in the continental United States. The findings are surprising
TerraDaily
Blog post
May 2, 2006, 5pm PDT
Next weekend -- that'd be May 6-7 -- a bunch of GPS geeks are going to map the entire Isle of Wight, off England. Not much on the Isle, apparently, but whatever's there is gonna get mapped. Says the New Scientist blog:

These high-tech cartographers will drive, cycle and ramble all over the island, using their GPS receivers to record the co-ordinates of roads, natural landmarks and points of interest. They'll use this data to create a completely digital map which will be available online to anyone.
May 1, 2006, 1pm PDT
In an era of ever increasing satellite map imagery and tools like Google Maps to view them, savvy advertisers are now creating 'ground ads' large enough to show up on satellite map images. Think: crop circle advertising.
eWeek
Blog post
May 1, 2006, 8am PDT
Building on the Google thread here started by Chris, this Geo-Tracing site was brought to my attention that links google mapping with individually uploaded content. Its, as I see it, the next iteration of Found City and other geo-tagging sites. Very interesting combination of technology to provide a sense of experience and place in cities that is often hard to capture on screen. As stated from the site:

"The main concept is depicted above.
Scott Page
Blog post
April 30, 2006, 1pm PDT
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Abhijeet Chavan
Blog post
April 27, 2006, 1pm PDT
Chris' last posting is big news!

Imagine a google earth world where millions of enthusiastic users build replicas of their homes and the stores/ buildings in their neighborhood and then they become veiwable by anybody else. Wiki style, people can work collaboratively to improve and constantly update buildings. What would normally cost billions of dollars for 3D design company to make available then become part of a 3D vitual town/yellow pages. And it would be built for free and rapidly.

Like Second Life
Ken Snyder
Blog post
April 27, 2006, 12pm PDT
USC Tower / 3-D Warehouse - Google SketchUpPublish is reporting that Google has released a free version of the popular 3-D drawing program, SketchUp, reviewed so well on TechTalk earlier by Ken (Snyder).
Chris Steins