IBM is hyping its new flash video game, OneCity, which is sort of a hybrid between SimCity and a well-produced commercial.
What if the solutions to America's transportation problems weren't made out of concrete and steel, but out of zeros and ones? What if you could turn car services and taxis into an alternate public transportation system -- by creating an iPhone app?
Turning on your faucet shouldn't be a high-risk venture. Cities and towns shouldn't have to worry that the water lost in leaky pipes will mean ongoing shortages or usage restrictions. But these concerns are already cropping up in communities throughout the country -- and they will only become more common as decades of neglect to our water infrastructure begin to catch up with us.
The world watched as 33 lives were saved. But in the two months since the miners were trapped, more than 6,500 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Why can't we pay attention to that?
The next urban evolution cannot occur unless we reinvent urban water supply and management to meet the demands of the age of freshwater scarcity.
Tom was always there outside the bodega, until he wasn't. And we realized what we had lost.
We've been doing transportation planning wrong for generations. And our economy is paying for it.
"We can take a ... street that's usually filled with cars and congestion, blowing out pollution all around, and clear every car from that street, and create a canvas of what a community can look like when we get the cars off the streets and let people enjoy them in the way we are today." That's the mayor of Los Angeles talking.
New York is the latest municipality to try car-sharing for city employees as a strategy for reducing costs and the number of automobiles on the street.