Can Importing Well-Run Cities Into Poorly Run... →
That’s what Paul Romer thinks. His idea of charter cities—autonomous, technocratic economic hubs based on the model of Hong Kong—that would be founded in developing nations is revolutionary. But would it work?
NYC GOV: Today, Mayor Bloomberg announced that... →
nycgov: Today, Mayor Bloomberg announced that small businesses looking to grow and attract new customers through digital tools can get help from the City’s NYC Business Solutions Centers through a new three-part curricula designed by Google, Mashable, Tumblr and Weebly. The Small Business Digital…
Turning NYC’s Iconic MetroCard Into A Massive... →
davegise: Last week, New York’s beleaguered Metropolitan Transit Authority announced plans to sell advertising on the front of the MetroCard. Soon, for prices ranging from 18¢ to 51¢ per card, advertisers will have free reign to replace the MTA’s ubiquitous blue-and-yellow swoosh (which hasn’t…
The cost of America’s inefficient sprawl →
urbancincy: American metropolises have sprawled outward for several decades now, and we all know the narrative. Cities lost population while their suburban counterparts grew. While many viewed these boom times as progress, it is now becoming evident that the decision to sprawl outward was a short-sighted policy decision, and is costing American taxpayers dearly. More from CNN: Every time a...
Policies for a Shareable City →
humanscalecities: Policies for a Shareable City: A 20-Part Series with the Sustainable Economies Law Center Car Sharing and Parking Sharing Ride Sharing Bike Sharing Shareable Commercial Spaces Shareable Housing Homes as Sharing Hubs Shareable Neighborhoods Shareable Workspaces Recreational and Green Spaces Shareable Rooftops Urban Agriculture Food Sharing Public Libraries The...
Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Tuesday will launch the city of Houston’s IBM...– Houston to launch IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant project - Houston Business Journal
Shareable: 10 Ways to Create Community in a... →
Right here, right now: 10 ways to build community. 1. Move your picnic table to the front yard. See what happens when you eat supper out front. It’s likely you’ll strike up a conversation with a neighbor. Invite them to bring a dish to share. Your kids will probably love it, too. 2. Plant a front yard vegetable garden. Don’t stop with the picnic table. Build a raised bed for veggies; plant...
IBM Smarter Cities Challenge targets downtown Jax →
A team of IBM experts, funded by a grant from the major technology services company IBM, has started a three-week project to determine realistic solutions to revitalize downtown Jacksonville. The project is part of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant program, a worldwide initiative to provide a total of $50 million worth of services and technical assistance to the most progressive 100 cities...
The Urbanophile » Why Technology Is Driving More... →
Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends. For those not familiar with the local geography, Palo Alto is the north end of what most consider “Silicon Valley” although nobody local calls it that. Palo Also is about 35 miles south of San Francisco. Palo Alto is home to Stanford. It is the birthplace of Hewlett...
Cyborgs, Sewers, and the Sensing City |... →
Cities have long been seen as the antithesis – or, at least, the absence – of nature. Yet in recent years, environmentalists started rethinking their long-held prejudices against urban areas. The rise of neighborhood-based environmental justice movements, beginning in the 1980’s, forced us to confront the human side of pollution and its relationship to urban poverty. The evolution of green...