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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Tag Archives: Technology

August 22, 2017
August 21, 2017
AVs and Real Estate: Potential Impacts

We have gotten a number of questions about how AVs could be affecting real estate and thought it would be good to do a post that covers some of this. Here is a brief list of issues to consider.

August 20, 2017
U.S. Gov’t Should Employ the Internet of Things
Venture Beat

The U.S. government acknowledges that the Internet of things has advanced past the research and development stage. However, even with this acknowledgement, there is still a gap in how the public sector is connecting to the IoT and how it should be connecting.

Smart City Characteristics in the Plans of 15 Cities
Journal of Urban Technology (abstract)

This paper identifies the characteristics of smart cities as they emerge from the recent literature, and how these characteristics are present in the smart city plans of 15 cities.

August 17, 2017
Will Future Cars Be An Extension of Ourselves?
Fast Company

Autonomous vehicles are often discussed as a foregone conclusion. But Jonathon Keats, a conceptual artist and experimental philosopher who “often takes the contrarian position” thought: What if it’s not? And then, if the car of the future is not driverless, what is it?

August 16, 2017
China’s Tech Companies Moving To Rural Areas

China’s tech giants have long seen the opportunities in lower-tier cities as the urban markets saturate and the geographic center of China’s middle class begins to shift. Now they’re acting on it.

August 15, 2017
August 13, 2017
August 10, 2017
Inside Charlotte’s ‘Smart City’ Initiatives
Charlotte Business Journal

Charlotte has only scratched the surface in its effort to become a Smart City, with the early initiatives in the North End area expected to lead the way. Panelists at a Digi.City Connects program Wednesday said much work is left to be done to connect the city.

August 9, 2017
August 8, 2017
How Technology is Changing Our Relationship with Nature

University of Washington psychology professor Peter Kahn has spent much of his career analyzing the relationship humans have with nature—and he thinks that relationship is more fragile than many of us realize.

August 6, 2017
August 3, 2017
Humans Can’t Handle Abrupt Braking In Autonomous Cars

Do you love that sensation of suddenly being hurled forward when you have to abruptly slam on the brakes? If you’re in a self-driving car, the effect’s apparently even more dramatic, researchers from the University of Michigan announced Thursday.

The ‘Smart City’ Ideology
e-flux conversations

Adam Greenfield, the author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, suggests that we not only need to become aware of the ideology shaping future of smart cities; we also need to intervene to shape them differently.

A Hyperloop Not Envisioned by Musk
The Verge

This morning, a company called Hyperloop One made history. Nearly four years to the day after Elon Musk first published his plans for the system, the company set a new hyperloop speed record, logging nearly 200 mph on their test track outside Las Vegas.

Simulator Tests Future of On Demand Transit
Fast Company

If you’re commuting home in Los Angeles on the bus, that means waiting an average 20 minutes or more at a stop. Uber, by contrast, has an average wait time of five minutes.

August 1, 2017
Is Automation Anxiety All a Hype?
Governing Magazine

Fears are spreading that automation will be a massive job-killer. But the extent to which that could be true depends on the region and industry — and which researcher you talk to.

Using Technology to Bring Power to the People
Brandon Donnelly

I’ve been following the work of Richard Barton for many years now because I admire the common thread among his startups: They’re about bringing transparency to industries where transparency is lacking.

July 31, 2017
We Should Be Wary of Elite Transportation Solutions
Human Transit

First it was freeways, then it was streetcars-stuck-in-traffic, and often it’s overspecialized airport trains. Now, the same mistake powers the endless vague promises of tech disruption in transit.

July 30, 2017
July 26, 2017


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