Technology

While the FAA sorts out regulations for commercial drone flights in the United States, cities, states, and other groups have already restricted the flight of drones. Mapbox is working to compile a comprehensive map of prohibited air space.
Yesterday   MapBox
"Location is the new cookie," says Simon Thompson of Esri, referencing the software in a browser that tracks the websites people visit. Meet the new apps making it happen.
May 21, 2014   New York Times
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Communities have a growing number of technological resources available to face the challenges posed by a growing population and a resource constrained world. Exclusive
May 20, 2014  By Tom Spengler
The latest dust up over green building rating systems, especially their efficacy relative to each other, highlights the danger of mixing the ideals of environmentalism with the self-interest of running an environmentalist organization.
May 20, 2014   Ecobuilding Pulse
"What does a city look like drawn in trees?" Cambridge, Massachusetts recently released an exhaustive database of all the trees on public property around the city.
May 20, 2014   The Boston Globe
Urban Engines uses real-time transit data, and raffles, to encourage transit riders to commute during non-peak hours.
May 18, 2014   CityLab
In the state of Big Oil, all types of electric cars, propane, and natural gas fueled vehicles qualify for a $2,500 cash incentive, thanks to a bill passed last year that broadens the current alternative-fueled truck program to light duty vehicles.
May 17, 2014   Fuel Fix
Columbia University's Cloud Lab aims to measure participants' brainwaves and figure out their state of mind of as they experience their surroundings.
May 17, 2014   CityLab
A post on the iStrategyLabs website describes some of the software and hardware requirements for building signs that display the arrival and departure of transit in your area.
May 16, 2014   iStrategyLabs
Republican lawmakers in Missouri drafted legislation to prevent Tesla from establishing its direct sales model in the state. The legislation, now considered dead for the remainder of the legislative session, was backed by an auto dealers' group.
May 15, 2014   PoliticMo
Shannon Mattern argues that as we enter the era of so-called “smart” cities, we need to consider the point of engagement where citizens interface with the city’s operating system.
May 11, 2014   Places Journal