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Apartment life can be strangely isolating: the intimacy of removing a complete stranger’s underwear from the building washing machine; the awkwardness of silent elevator rides while rubbing elbows with a fellow tenant; the jealous pangs of hurrying alone past a cluster of happy friends sharing pizza on your stoop.

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Tag Archives: Technology

April 27, 2014
Future Transportation’s Barriers to Entry
The Atlantic Cities

In the wake of the automobile’s 20th-century boom, the next notable shift in urban transportation may largely be defined by the digitization of mobility, including public transit and shared-vehicle services.

Clipper Card Will Add More Transit Agencies
Metro Magazine

Cubic Transportation Systems received a $7.5 million add-on contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to expand the Clipper card fare payment system to more than a dozen suburban transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 21, 2014
Silicon Valley Knows Technology
Smart Growth for Conservatives

Apple, Google and other collosi of Silicon Valley are re-shaping the world with their technology but you could never imagine them as masters of innovation by viewing their corporate campuses.

April 17, 2014
Why UberX Will Win in the End
The Atlantic Cities

A few times a year I head to Los Angeles (more specifically, Glendale) to visit my grandmother.

April 13, 2014
April 8, 2014
March 24, 2014
Transit and Technology
Planetizen

Neil Roberts shares details of Melbourne’s Yarra Trams, which has exceeded its service delivery and punctuality goals by the use of intelligent transit technology like sensors, the tramTRACKER app, and mobile work stations for employees.

How Tech Became the Enemy in San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle

The flyer tucked on the windshield of a tech worker’s car on South Van Ness didn’t mince words: “The Mission has been colonized by pigs with money. … They help landlords drive up rents, pushing working and poor people out of their homes.”

March 20, 2014
How to Make Detroit’s Data Accessible
Next City

The non-profit Data Driven Detroit was founded in 2008 with the ambition, according to director Erica Raleigh, of injecting data into a whole host of conversations about the city’s future and the ecosystem of which it is a part.

March 17, 2014
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March 10, 2014
Construction Begins on Kenyan Smart City
Meeting of the Minds

The development of Konza Technology City – dubbed “Africa’s Silicon Savannah” – is finally underway, following a ground breaking ceremony by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on January 23, 2013.

March 2, 2014
Academics Should Love Twitter
Urban Institute Metro Trends

I wrote most of this post more than a month ago. It sat in my outbox for weeks for the same reason that most academics are reluctant to be on Twitter

February 27, 2014
February 23, 2014
The Rise of India’s Creative Class
Next City

The microphone stands alone in the dimly lit loft space in a Mumbai heritage building. Rohit Nair, the first of five performers tonight, waits anxiously for the show to begin.

The Future of Mapping Inside Your Home or Office
The Atlantic Cities

Once all of our roads and rivers, buildings and parks, shops and monuments are mapped, there will remain one territory largely beyond the reach of GPS: the great indoors.

February 13, 2014
Code for America Opens Up its Pattern Library
Next City

As part of the rollout for its revamped website, Code for America has released something of peek behind the scenes: A pattern library for recreating the civic tech non-profit’s digital identity far and wide

February 9, 2014
Anthony Townsend on Smart Cities
Arup Connect

We spoke to Anthony Townsend about his book Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia.

February 6, 2014
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January 28, 2014
Google Bus Issue Triggers Insightful Urbanist Talk
Vibrant Bay Area

One of the great things about the urbanist community is that high-profile social issues will always elicit cogent and insightful comments from active urbanists. It’s partly that a cohort of good critical thinkers has become attached to urbanism and partly that urbanism is a good solution to many contemporary social ills.

January 27, 2014
We Need Tech Solutions for Underserved Communities
Living Cities Catalyst

There’s a growing rumble about how few technology products are built with lower income communities in mind. Critics point to insensitive comments made by some entrepreneurs as evidence of a fundamental lack of understanding of these communities.

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