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It’s winter again in Boston. Anyone who was there last year during February and March knows what that means. The ability to move about the city could come to a screeching halt in the blink of an eye. . The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, or the “T”) completely shut down last winter after repeated large winter storms, […]

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On the Map by Simon Garfield (Book Review)

(This book was first reviewed here by Jeffrey Barke in April 15, 2013.  This is a second review). To satisfy our curiosity and wanderlust humans need two things, new modes of transportation and maps. Our proclivity to chart and map the world around us can be traced back to Babylonians, who divided a circle into 360 degrees, which […]

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Counting the Carbon Foot Prints and Changing Our Behavior!

In a recent discussion with a planner the question of over-consumption came up and how it impacts the health of our planet.  It is understood that we consume more raw materials than a sustainable eco-system can provide for.  In 2007 our (global) Ecological Foot Print was  1.5 planet earth, i.e. we consumed earth’s resources 1.5 times faster than the earth […]

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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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EVENT: 5/4/2013 OpenUrban Map-a-thon

What: OpenUrban is hosting an urban development map-a-thon as part of the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival When: Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Where: The New School, 66 W. 12th Street (Orozco Room, 7th Floor), New York, NY For Whom: This should be of interest to urban planners, urban designers, architects, community mapping […]

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The Map That Could Fast Track Plans For High-Speed Rail

You might have seen it on social media somewhere, but in case you haven’t heard of it, Berkeley-based artist and high-speed rail advocate Alfred Twu recently posted a map he created on the Guardian’s website (the map was originally featured on the California Rail Map google group, where additional resources on high-speed rail are listed). It’s […]

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What Makes Paris Look Like Paris?

Recently on this blog we have talked about the cognitive mapping of a city, exploring how individuals see and record their own neighborhoods. As I write this I can’t help but recall Kevin Lynch’s The Image of the City.  He analyzed the organization of cities and subsequently pointed out the way we navigate through these spaces. […]

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Shootings Mapped

Due to the recent shooting in Colorado, it seemed appropriate to look at an older post from the Atlantic on the Geography of Gun Deaths by Richard Florida. These emotional moments are often points when people rally for policy changes, and I thought it might be interesting to look at the discussion surrounding data about […]

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