Tech

Reuters

The World’s Leading Nations for Innovation and Technology

The U.S. is still largely competing with Europe, not China

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Smart City Technology's Growth Spurt

Global spending on advanced systems for cities is expected to skyrocket in the next five years

andrewmalone

How Happy Are You With Your City? Somerville Finds Out

Boston suburb asks its citizens to rate their happiness

Walk Score Offers Apartment Searches Based on Commuting Time

Data from 209 transit agencies combines with Craigslist rental listings

Place Pulse

Can You Tell if a Street is Safe Just By Looking?

Comparing images of cities and neighborhoods to gather data on perceptions of place

Reuters/Kim Kyung Hoon

The Future of GPS Data in Smarter Planning

Researchers in Beijing are working with taxi drivers to identify the sources, not just the locations, of congestion

Courtesy Cleveland Department of Waste Disposal

Cleveland Doubles Down on Mandatory Recycling

Despite criticism, all city households will have garbage bins with tracking devices by 2015

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Why Your Cell Phone Drops Calls in Dense Cities

With each advancement in network speed comes the need for more physical infrastructure

An Eye on Megacities' Dirty Skies

New monitoring techniques are improving our understanding of pollution in the developing world

Photo by Flickr user functoruser, used under a Creative Commons license

The War on Red-Light Cameras

Houston and L.A. recently turned theirs off. Will others join them?

Electronic Gaming for the Physical World

New games for mobile devices make the city their playing field

Urban Brownfield Cleanup's Big Benefits

Redeveloping old industrial sites in cities not only reduces contamination, it also helps further smart growth

Maps
Contemporary Paris and the Nazi occupation of 1940, overlapped with WhatWasThere.com

Create Your Own Historical Maps with WhatWasThere

New website combines vintage photography with Google Street View

Maps

Name That Waterway

The words we use for rivers and streams change with their geography