Technology

December 4, 2008, 10am PST
The city of San Angelo, Texas bucks a regional trend towards stricter regulations for signs used as advertising.
San Angelo Standard Times
December 3, 2008, 1pm PST
Between the invasive species, questions of drinking water safety, and dipping water levels, the Great Lakes have been taking a beating lately.
The Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2008, 9am PST
The mayor of San Francisco delivers his annual state of the city message in ten 45-minute segments on YouTube rather than in person.
NPR
December 1, 2008, 12pm PST
The mayor of London has announced plans to make the city greener than ever. He stated that opportunities abounded not just for emissions reduction, but for green job creation as well.
Guardian (UK)
November 30, 2008, 9am PST
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has an ambitious plan to get L.A. to go solar. Still, without a proper financial analysis, skeptics find it too lofty to be true.
Los Angeles Times
November 26, 2008, 8am PST
Ten Sleep, Wyoming is home to a booming new company that teaches English online to students in Korea. The town of 350 people is a testament to how the reaches of broadband connectivity allows high-tech business to flourish even in remote areas.
Forbes
November 25, 2008, 1pm PST
Want to give your city a unique look? Try these new square traffic lights.
Art Lebedev Studio
November 25, 2008, 6am PST
Fortune Magazine's Martin Sloan is interviewed on Marketplace on why he thinks it would be good for Detroit, and America, to have a higher gas tax. At the same time, he has advice to Congress as to what they should do with fuel-efficiency standards.
Marketplace Morning Report
November 24, 2008, 1pm PST
A growing number of local governments are turning to "green cement" resolutions to rectify North Texas' status as a shameless failure when it comes to complying with clean air standards.
The Dallas Observer
November 21, 2008, 10am PST
On Tuesday, San Francisco's MUNI approved a pilot program to price 6,000 of the city's parking spots according to popularity.
The New York Times
November 18, 2008, 1pm PST
Calgary is poised to make itself into a city that encourages density without sacrificing too much of the leg room currently offered by existing suburbs.
Calgary Herald
November 18, 2008, 12pm PST
Environmental groups aren't happy to hear that Yellowstone officials may be installing more cellphone towers and providing wireless internet in the near future, fearing that the technology will detract from and destroy the park's natural scenery.
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2008, 2pm PST
The Magic Power System plugs into your car's 12v port, and purportedly improves your gas mileage by 30%, increases torque, reduces emissions, improves car audio quality, and cleans the entire car 'electrically'.
Boing Boing
November 13, 2008, 11am PST
FEMA has redone official maps of flood-prone areas across the country, designating some as flood zones for the first time.
USA Today
November 13, 2008, 6am PST
The Skycar is a combination parasail, swamp boat and dune buggy. Sponsored by a British knight and arctic adventurer, the design team is planning an expedition from London to Timbuktu in January of 2009.
autobloggreen.com
November 12, 2008, 6am PST
Wendell Cox looks at how single-family detached housing came to be, and why it's likely to remain a popular option for the middle class.
New Geography
November 11, 2008, 2pm PST
Paris' bike sharing program is well-known, but not alone - these programs are flourishing throughout Europe. The key to their proliferation lies in the new technology they utilize. This article highlights the 'third-generation' Barcelona program.
The New York Times
November 11, 2008, 12pm PST
In a time of plummeting oil prices, one might think rail would lose business to trucks, but the freight business is more detailed. In this interview with Burlington Northern Santa Fe CEO Mathew Rose, one gains an insight into freight rail's future.
Business Week
Blog post
November 10, 2008, 12pm PST

 

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway in a hot-off-the-assembly-line Tesla sportscar. While I normally fall in with the camp that thinks the focus on alternative fuel cars is distracting from the need to move people out of cars and into transit, walking and biking, I have to say, the Tesla Roadster is a beautiful piece of machinery.

Tim Halbur
November 8, 2008, 11am PST
Two traffic engineers in Los Angeles hacked into a traffic light control system with the intent to influence upcoming contract negotiations.
Los Angeles Times