Technology

August 15, 2008, 2pm PDT
An obviously Photoshopped cluster of trees appears in the Netherlands. What is someone hiding, and how are they hacking Google Earth?
Boing Boing
August 15, 2008, 1pm PDT
Google Streetview is slowly taking pictures of every street in the world, and capturing unexpected vignettes along the way like an Australian man passed out on his front lawn.
Gawker
August 15, 2008, 11am PDT
The city of Austin considers a multi-billion dollar investment in a "biomass" power plant, burning wood waste in East Texas as a carbon-neutral, renewable energy source.
Austin American-Statesman
August 15, 2008, 10am PDT
Boise considers resurrecting their streetcar system after an 80 year absence.
The Boise Weekly
August 14, 2008, 6am PDT
New modeling software could soon be available that would allow monitoring across the internet of flood levels in specific areas- like your backyard.
Popular Mechanics
August 13, 2008, 1pm PDT
Microsoft has introduced a spherical computer display that lets users touch the globe to interact with it. There are many likely applications for planning and public participation.
YouTube
August 13, 2008, 12pm PDT
Escalators are major energy wasters, so many cities are looking for greener solutions. 35 new green escalators were recently installed in the New York Subway, with mixed success.
The New York Times
August 7, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Australian designer Hamit Kanuni Kuralkan has designed a transit concept lined with one-person compartments for personal space. </p>
Treehugger
August 6, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A new high-speed rail line has opened in China, just in time for the Olympics.</p>
BBC
August 5, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Alex Steffen of WorldChanging proposes that globalization could soon change direction as transportation costs increase.</p>
WorldChanging
Blog post
July 31, 2008, 8am PDT

Visual communication is becoming more sophisticated in planning, however many online image sources are restricted and require payment for use. Others, such as flikr.com and Google Images are extremely useful but have uneven quality and information provided about the images can be difficult to assess. While flckr.com and Google Images will remain a key resource, a number of other online image databases provide more consistent metadata along with free access.

Ann Forsyth
July 29, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>With increasing amounts of data collected and held by governments, there's a lot of opportunity to make use of it for the betterment of communities, according to this column from Neal Peirce.</p>
Citiwire
July 24, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A systems admin in San Francisco apparently decided to bring San Francisco grinding to a halt, and refuses to divulge the passwords he set up across the city's entire network.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
July 23, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Google announces walking directions feature for Google Maps.</p>
Google
July 21, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>MarketWatch reports on the rise of contactless smart cards in public transit and banking, and speculates that the time is ripe to put the two uses on the same card.</p>
Marketwatch
Blog post
July 17, 2008, 4pm PDT
It's a unique time to be joining the staff of Planetizen as managing editor. The world seems to be awakening for the first time to all of the issues we deal with everyday, whether we work in urban and regional planning, environmental preservation, architecture and placemaking, landscape architecture or transportation. Suddenly, everyone understands that these niches are, in fact, interconnected, and that "place" as a general concept affects everything we do. Unfortunately, it took $4.85 gasoline and a mortgage crisis that is sinking our economy, but at least people are thinking!
Tim Halbur
July 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Seattle is closing the lid on a disappointing experiment with public toilets after spending $5 million dollars to install them. Cities from Boston to San Francisco have had mixed results with automated toilets, The New York Times reports.</p>
The New York Times
July 16, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Writer Benjamin J. Turon argues that we aren't in an energy crisis as much as a transportation crisis, and that we already have all the technology we need.</p>
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady
July 14, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A "Black Hat security researcher" claims he has discovered security flaws in the FasTrak toll transponder used by drivers in California and Colorado. However, the story is quickly dismantled as "baloney" by a toll road industry insider.</p>
Toll Roads News
July 14, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>New technologies promise to revolutionize the hunt for a parking spot in big cities like San Francisco. Donald Shoup is along for the ride.</p>
The New York Times