As Chicago closes public schools, a question arises: Do school closings contribute to a community’s downward spiral — or are they a symptom?
MBTA subway lines, with stations spaced according to scheduled travel time.
Although they carry the vast majority of our oil and natural gas, the nation’s 2.5 million miles of pipelines remain largely invisible to the public. And while they’re much safer than alternatives such as trucks, pipelines suffer hundreds of ruptures and spills every year. Critics blame minimal oversight and old pipes for accidents that could have been prevented; operators maintain that they’re committed to continuous improvement.
Using a site that tracks dollar bills, a theoretical physicist noticed that our state boundaries are rather arbitrary, but that money tends to stay within new, more realistic boundaries.
Last week we took a short vacation in Paris. One of our many long walks was along the Promenade Plantee, a linear elevated park that runs along an old railway viaduct. The Viaduct des Arts is a line of specialty arts and crafts stores in the archways underneath.
Because of the irregular terrain around the world and the inability for wireless signals to penetrate it, planning wireless technologies can be difficult. A few years ago we saw how Clif Guy used Google Earth to plot locations that needed access, but today we’re looking at the Wireless Networks Planning Tool (WiNPT) that makes excellent use of Google Earth terrain to help with network planning.
Control Group — the designers behind the high-tech NYC I/O payphone redesign — is working with the New York City MTA to create new “On The Go” touchscreens for subway stations throughout the city. The new 47-inch displays will deliver real-time station directions including transfers and line alerts, countdowns until train arrival, and service updates, and will also include video cameras, microphones, and Wi-Fi, Fast Co. Design reports.
The first official day of spring heralds the arrival of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which begins today and continues through April 14. There aren’t any blossoms yet — in fact, the National Park Service revised its peak bloom prediction to April 3-6 — but there are plenty of blossom-related events, beginning with tonight’s Pink Tie Party.
If “Inside the Beltway” , how would it compare to other major cities? It would be
almost the size of Los Angeles but half as densea little larger in area than Chicago but less dense than Los Angeles.
Motor vehicle occupant deaths increased by 46 percent from 2011 to last year, NYC DOT said today, as the agency emphasized the need for automated enforcement with the release of 2012 traffic fatality counts.
Just over a month ago I announced ViziCities, the latest project from Pete Smart and myself. We’re not quite ready to release it yet but make sure you sign up for the beta to be the first to use it. In the meantime, let me fill you in on what we’ve been up to this past month.
What would John Snow’s famous cholera map look like on a modern map of London, using modern mapping tools? The map changed what we know about germs and disease - and created a new way of looking at the world. With the help of mapping tool CartoDB and using the Stamen style maps, this is how it looks with larger circles representing more deaths.