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Planning Department Director Aubrey McDermid discusses planning's role in the Oklahoma City's ongoing reinvestment and revitalization.
Josh Stephens
Blog post
October 18, 2005, 5am PDT
California State Information Technology Strategic PlanWhile not strictly relevant to planning, it's always interesting to compare plans prepared by planners with plans prepared by other branches of government, in this case the California CIO and the IT Council Strategic Plan Committee have prepared the new California State Information Technology Strategic Plan (PDF, 220KB)

The plan lists six impressive strategic goals:

  • Make Government services more accessible to citizens and State clients.
  • Chris Steins
    October 17, 2005, 7am PDT

    Can property owners succeed where regional planners have failed?

    David Renkert
    October 11, 2005, 2pm PDT
    Spatial information professionals gather at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association being held in Kansas City, MO.
    Abhijeet Chavan
    October 10, 2005, 7am PDT

    If happiness comes in supersizing a home, and if this doesn't interfere with somebody else's life, then should we be concerned about what it will mean to fuel consumption and the environmen

    Sriram Khé
    Blog post
    October 3, 2005, 10pm PDT
    NTEN Conference LogoAbhijeet presented last week at the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEC) 2005 San Diego Regional Conference on open source content management frameworks for building websites for nonprofit. He published his fabulous presentation online under a creative commons license:

    Building Websites For Nonprofits With Open Source Content Management Frameworks

    He really knows what he's presenting on, since much of his presentation is based on his hands-on experience with a massive project we just completed here at Urban Insight.
    Chris Steins
    October 3, 2005, 11am PDT

    In just three years under the leadership of Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, the city built the Trans-Milenio, a bus rapid transit system, rehabbed 1,200 parks, laid 300

    David Goldberg
    September 29, 2005, 5am PDT

    Ken Snyder, Director for PlaceMatters.com, argues that improvement in planning can only come from bringing democracy and accessible technology into the decision-making process.

    Ken Snyder
    September 26, 2005, 5am PDT

    Should New Orleans be rebuilt? Whose fault was the flooding?

    Jason Henderson
    Blog post
    September 23, 2005, 10am PDT
    When recently working in a distressed community in Philadelphia, we were thinking of the best ways to communicate what we were planning for the area and guide residents toward local resources that exist but are rarely used. As a cost effective solution, we worked with the Klip Collective to implement a video installation within a vacant storefront. The installation runs every evening. Besides providing some valuable information, we used the installation to instill some street activity along what was once an active commercial corridor.
    Scott Page
    Blog post
    September 22, 2005, 9pm PDT

    Open source is not just about lowering costs. It's about staying in control of your own data. For governments, it is important to specify open file formats for storing public data. Eric Kriss, Massachussets' secretary of administration and finance asks an important question about long-term archiving of public documents created with Microsoft Office. "Will those documents still be legible 10 years from now, or in 50?" The state of Massachusetts has given some thought to that question and is taking action.
    Abhijeet Chavan
    Blog post
    September 22, 2005, 1pm PDT
    …here comes Joomla. There was a lot of uncertainty about the future of the Content Management System Mambo over the past months. Finally the Developers now left Mambo and started Joomla.

    As this article in eWeek points out, "the original owners [Miro], wanted to regain control of the project. The developers, realizing that they were being cut out of executive management, decided to take the code and run…”

    The outcomes might describe the state of open source today.
    Ken Snyder
    September 21, 2005, 11am PDT

    Thomas Campanella, co-editor of The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover From Disaster, contemplates the case of New Orleans.

    Thomas J. Campanella
    September 21, 2005, 8am PDT
    Bob Ransford reviews the magical and often paradoxical relationship Vancouver shares with its natural surroundings as described in Lance Berelowitz's Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination.
    Bob Ransford
    September 20, 2005, 8am PDT
    Can a campus community become a "green" model for society as a whole? Educators, students, and professionals meet at an interdisciplinary conference to promote sustainability in education, research, operations and affiliated service organizations.
    R. Umashankar
    Blog post
    September 12, 2005, 12pm PDT
    Joel Garreau weighed in yesterday on whether New Orleans should (or can) be rebuilt. He's always smart and readable; if you haven't read Edge City you should go get it. It's a brilliant, well-reported take on urban theory and how cities are changing. Anyway, here
    September 12, 2005, 5am PDT

    How can cities plan for the unplanned, or those crises that cannot be precisely anticipated?

    Dr. Aseem Inam
    Blog post
    September 11, 2005, 10am PDT
    A Los Angeles Times article titled "Web Proves Its Capacity to Help in Time of Need" documents the importance of the Web as a communications medium.

    It reunited families and connected them with shelter. It turned amateur photographers into chroniclers of history and ordinary people into pundits. It allowed television stations to keep broadcasting and newspapers to keep publishing. It relayed heartbreaking tales of loss and intimate moments of triumph...

    The Internet has played a larger and larger role in every major news event of the last 10 years...In the aftermath of Katrina, use of the Internet is more vital and varied than ever.
    Abhijeet Chavan
    Blog post
    September 6, 2005, 12pm PDT
    Two stories in the New York Times' science section today relevant to our game here. First, Dennis Overbye takes a historical trip to cities that died, here. Good bits:

    "Cities rise and fall depending on what made them go in the first place," said Peirce Lewis, an expert on the history of New Orleans and an emeritus professor of geography at Pennsylvania State University.

    Changes in climate can make a friendly place less welcoming. Catastrophes like volcanoes or giant earthquakes can kill a city quickly. Political or economic shifts can strand what was once a thriving metropolis in a slow death of irrelevance. After the Mississippi River flood of 1993, the residents of Valmeyer, Ill., voted to move their entire town two miles east to higher ground.

    What will happen to New Orleans now, in the wake of floods and death and violence, is hard to know. But watching the city fill up like a bathtub, with half a million people forced to leave, it has been hard not to think of other places that have fallen to time and the inconstant earth.
    September 6, 2005, 5am PDT

    The reason so many lives are in jeopardy from Hurricane Katrina is a result of our extreme dependence on cars and the lack of planning for public transportation, both for regular use and fo

    John Renne
    Blog post
    September 2, 2005, 8am PDT
    Mapping enthusiasts are using Google Maps and Google Earth and other data to compile maps of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

    One Web site, www.scipionus.com, is combating the confusion by encouraging users to annotate a Google Map of New Orleans with information about specific locations. Collectively, the community is creating a collaborative map Wikipedia. Anyone with something to add can enter a street address and leave a marker on the map at that location, providing a few lines of text about conditions at that spot.
    Abhijeet Chavan