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C.J. Gabbe guest blogs about a recent article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
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June 9, 2004, 4pm PDT
Kevin Leeson, Special Projects Coordinator and Chris Alvarado, Associate Senior Planner, setup and run the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Weblog. As far as I know, this is the first public-sector planning blog in existence.

The purpose of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Weblog primarily is to act as a news gathering and dissemination resource for the Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County planning community, which includes 59 communities, cities, villages and townships.
Chris Steins
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June 9, 2004, 11am PDT
VisitorVille is a website log analysis program that uses an graphical urban metaphor to visualize website traffic flow.
VisitorVille Screenshot
"A company's entire Web presence is seen as an urban or suburban neighborhood, with each individual Web page presented as a building. The more visitors on a site, the taller the buildings, and the brighter the lights on each floor...each visitor is represented by a small avatar that, when clicked, presents a passport that offers several pieces of information about the user, such as her or his IP address, where that person came from and more. Avatars from dot-com domains wear a suit. Those from dot-edu domains dress as students."
Abhijeet Chavan
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June 8, 2004, 8pm PDT
The US Environmetal Protection Agency has launched their daily Ultra Violet Index website, where you can search for your zip code's daily UV Index rating.

Tomorrow's Los Angeles UV Index rating is 9: "Try to avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Otherwise, seek shade, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen. "

The UV Index is computed using forecasted ozone levels, a computer model that relates ozone levels to UV incidence (incoming radiation level) on the ground, forecasted cloud amounts, and the elevation of the forecast cities.
Chris Steins
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June 8, 2004, 11am PDT
The Grants.gov initiative is seen as a model e-government project but it has had
trouble attracting users according to an article in Government Computer News. The website enables citizens to apply for grants online.

Grants.gov Logo
"[The Office of Management and Budget] officials are working to define utilization -- how e-government projects are used after they’ve been fully implemented -- and plan how the projects will reach the marks they set. Project managers must decide who their customers are and how they’ll measure use of the service...

[Officials] have identified several obstacles to finding users: informing them about the portal, making it easy for them to use and getting other agencies to participate....
Abhijeet Chavan
June 7, 2004, 12am PDT

In the fourth edition of our series profiling urban planning, development, and design students from across the country, masters students from Cal Poly, Clemson University, and the Universit

Don Morehouse, Amy Ansong, Jeffrey Johnston
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June 6, 2004, 8pm PDT
New York - An interesting observation about the impending demolition of Hollywood landmark restaurant Perino's here courtesy of the "LA Cowboy" blog.

So, why don't they just move it?
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June 6, 2004, 7pm PDT
New York - I'm in Manhattan, at a hotel in Times Square. It's been more than a year since I was here. And I'm struck by the increase in active signage, even here, the heart of inventive building-side ads. Just about every building here in Times Square is coated with multicolored, programmable screens. Some of them just do text; others are nearly as good as a television.

So just an observation, but as flat-screen technology gets better, as LEDs get brighter, we're going to see a lot more TV-like screens replacing static billboards.
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June 2, 2004, 6pm PDT
San Francisco - We've got a newish mayor here in SF, Gavin Newsom, who worried some of the town's liberal voting block when he beat a fellow county supervisor, Matt Gonzalez, to win the top spot. Gonzalez was a Green, way left; Newsom was perceived to be allied with the city's establishment, specifically the politically efficient machine built by former mayor Willie Brown (term-limited out) and a group always referred to in the press as "downtown developers." As far as I can tell, these are the people who want to build tall buildings.
May 31, 2004, 12am PDT
While growth is inevitable, the overcrowding and overuse of transportation is not. Using technology in conjunction with politics, private transportation will be more efficient using centralized computing to clear current roadways.
Oded Roth
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May 28, 2004, 3pm PDT

Reason magazine did a very provocative this month – for each of their 40,000 subscribers they printed a customized cover including an aerial photo of their house. The magazine headline started with the homeowner's name in big orange letters followed by the subtitle "They Know Where Your Are!" Click here to see the cover of the issue mailed to my neighbor – my house is 2 houses to the right.

On the inside cover, the Editor's Note includes several local facts embedded into the text "…as a telecommuter I don't envy your area's average commute of 27.

Ken Snyder
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May 25, 2004, 2pm PDT

This keynote speech [PDF, 28 kb] by David Last of the University of Wales, UK provides an overview of the U.S. Global Postioning System (GPS) and the European Galileo Positioning System
Abhijeet Chavan
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May 25, 2004, 11am PDT
Pew Internet & American Life Project

A new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, "How Americans Get in Touch With Government", shows that 97 million adult Americans, or 77% of Internet users, took advantage of e-gov in 2003, whether that meant going to government Web sites or emailing government officials. This represented a growth of 50% from 2002. At the same time, citizens who contact government said they are more likely to turn to traditional means - either the telephone or in-person visits - rather than the Web or email to deal with government.
Chris Steins
May 24, 2004, 12am PDT

Studies show that accessory apartments could provide very large numbers of affordable rental units in good neighborhoods, without subsidy or rent controls.

Patrick H. Hare
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May 19, 2004, 5pm PDT
The Preliminary Program has been published for the 3rd Annual URISA Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Conference.

The event will be held from July 18-20, 2004 at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Conference features 5 tracks with presentations divided into the
following subject areas:

  • Data, Organizational, and Policy Issues Affecting PPGIS Practice
  • PPGIS in Rural Settings and Small Communities
  • PPGIS Theory, Science, and Scientific Methods
  • PPGIS Practice and Implementation

  • Chris Steins
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    May 19, 2004, 4pm PDT
    The Geospatial Information & Technology Association has published their sixth annual survey of organizations implementing
    geospatial information technologies. While the full report is $145, a free excerpt from the Executive Summary is available online.

    One interesting question posed by the report: Given the strong interest in "Web-based GIS, could the industry be preparing for a dramatic increase in outsourcing of GIS to third-party providers enabled by the Internet? The ASP (application service provider) model, which some longtime industry experts feel was ahead of its time, could well experience a serious boost from these developments.
    Chris Steins
    May 17, 2004, 12am PDT

    In the third edition of our series profiling urban planning, development, and design students from across the country, masters students from the University of Washington, Georgia Institute

    Catherine Stineback, Jason Gaines, Michael Boettcher
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    May 12, 2004, 5pm PDT
    Thanks to Adam Rogers at Wired for this reference to the Transportation Research Board's participation solicitation for XML Schemas for Exchange of Transportation Data.

    XML tells the web browser software about the structure and type of information it's displaying, distinguishing content from format by adding metadata.

    We predicted that planning specialties would begin developing their own XML schemas in a 1999 article for APA's Planning magazine, 'X' Marks the Spot
    Chris Steins
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    May 11, 2004, 5pm PDT
    An article in the Christian Science Monitor looks at the information environmentalism movement in an article titled "E-serenity, now!" [May 10, 2004].


    "The newest polluters are not chemical manufacturers leaking toxins into the air. Neither are they logging conglomerates clearing ancient forests nor avaricious developers turning wetlands into strip malls. The newest polluters are in your pocket, atop your desk, or clogging your telephone lines with streams of digital effluent."
    Abhijeet Chavan
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    May 10, 2004, 9am PDT
    Accenture has just released a new e-Government report (May, 2004), e-Government Leadership: High Performance, Maximum Value (PDF, 3MB).

    This is the fifth year that Accenture has surveyed international e-Gov efforts, and they report that they have found five overall trends: eGovernment advances are diminishing; eGovernment leaders are reaping tangible savings; Adoption of e-gov remains a challenge; The challenge of integrating e-gov is changing; and Personalization is emerging.
    Chris Steins
    May 10, 2004, 12am PDT

    In PLANetizen's new interview series, Stefanos Polyzoides, co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and co-principal of the architecture and urbanist firm Moule & Polyzoides, ans

    Stefanos Polyzoides