Urban Observatory Maps Comparisons Between Cities - InformationWeek
Urban Observatory Maps Comparisons Between Cities
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D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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7/8/2014 | 1:34:27 PM
Spend some time online to understand your surroundings
Very interesting. I'm excited to dig into the visualizations. Hopefully they won't reveal the distortions of huge income disparities, failed urban planning, preferrential treatment for personal autos over sensible transit and pedestrian options, and other ails that have afflicted all too many cities -- particularly U.S. cities. Walk around Old Montreal; Cologne, Germany; Florence, Italy; or any number of other cities built for pedestrian accessibility and you begin to understand why many cities need to change.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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7/8/2014 | 1:38:35 PM
Hidden in the data, the meaning of culture
Concentratoins of the elderly versus the elderly evenly spread out throughout the city speaks to large cultural differences. Many other such differences will emerge in such a projuect. Accessibility to the waterfront varies markedly between East Coast and West Coast cities, with the West much more open to the public. Again, a cultural difference. 
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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7/8/2014 | 1:40:52 PM
What other data should the Urban Observatory track?
After you've had a chance to look at the application, I'd love to get feedback on what else would make sense to track in this way that isn't there yet.
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7/10/2014 | 1:04:58 PM
Re: What other data should the Urban Observatory track?
I think this is very interesting becuase it allows city planners to understand their city better.  After determining  the different patterns in a city.  City officials can better manage population distribution by providing resources that meet their needs.  Also, they can see how other cities are tackling the same issues, but in different ways.

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