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Should the internet be a public utility?

About two months ago, I received a letter from my internet service provider, Optimum Online, stating that my monthly bill was about to increase again, to nearly $60 per month. This price has been rising steadily from $30 about two years ago. Optimum’s service hadn’t improved, increased in speed, nor had the number of internet […]

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The ‘Smart City’ Movement

The introduction of new technologies into City Planning has allowed for better, faster, and more efficient public service delivery. This technology has so-changed how we manage and plan cities, we may be entering a new phase of urbanism: the Smart City Movement.   Two private companies leading the expansion of smart tech into our urban […]

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Google’s Public Data Directory

Want to lose a couple of hours of your life playing with data visualizations? Then continue reading. I was recently snooping around for US Highway Statistics (yup, that’s what I do for fun) and came across the Federal Highway Administration’s statistics series web page. Falling deeper through the internet rabbit-hole, I found their Public Data […]

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Wrapup Friday – May 31st

This one goes out to all my nerdz… Unless you have been living in mud shelter in southern California with George and Oscar Bluth (a Season 4 reference for non-Netflix users), then you must have heard about the latest Google Street View-related game GeoGuesser.  GeoGuesser drops you into the middle of nowhere (or somewhere) and you […]

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Using mapping tools to make the development permitting process more transparent

It’s occurred to me that, in the era of open governments and publicly available data of all kinds, the development and permitting process should seek to connect to this emerging practice and  become more transparent. We live in a time in which governments are increasingly making their data available to the public, only to hope […]

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New App for Historic Landmarks

Attention all historic preservation buffs and design nerds: the mapper, app developer, and fellow blogger Spatiality has just released the updated Landmarks: New York app for iPhone last week. In honor of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s 40th Anniversary this year, Spatiality collaborated with the New York Landmarks Conservancy, to make some pretty awesome updates […]

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PlowNYC Map

New map tracking snow plows now available from the city!

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New Orleans really knows how to throw a Super Bowl Party

New Orleans really knows how to throw a Super Bowl Party.

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City of the Future: Brought to you by Glenn Beck

Urban growth boundaries, a lack of private vehicles, prohibition of chain-stores, apprenticeships and job security for all, local food production, wind farms and renewable energy production … all of this can be yours in Glenn Beck’s new planned city: Independence, USA.

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