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Hitchin’ a Ride

Gypsy Cab Driver in New York City

We were gathered close together at the table, huddled over a laptop with a stack of empty pizza boxes shoved nearby. A friend had organized a group of her high school students to join me to talk about the ways they used various transportation options in Baltimore.

The Most Impactful Mapping Technology: Crayons?

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Crayons and paper can’t possibly be as important as GPS-enabled smartphones and open data layers when it comes to mapping cities. Or can they? One group in India is out to prove that they just might be. And don’t let the medium deceive you. These low tech tools are driving conversations to the highest levels of government.

The “Car Sweating” Life

Cars parked on the sidewalk in Bucharest

Free or for fee, zoned or not, parking in many American cities is notoriously difficult to find. So tough so that entrepreneurs are flocking to the opportunity and designing creative ways to attack the problem. In other countries, however, entrepreneurs of a different sort are making a living capitalizing on the management of on-street parking inventory.

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The Most Impactful Mapping Technology: Crayons?


Crayons and paper can’t possibly be as important as GPS-enabled smartphones and open data layers when it comes to mapping cities. Or can they? One group in India is out to prove that they just might be. And don’t let the medium deceive you. These low tech tools are driving conversations to the highest levels of government.

Taking School Zones Beyond Danger Zones


More than 20,000 schoolkids in Detroit walk to their bus, a public bus, or school each day. Often times in the dark. They pass abandoned homes, cross the street to avoid shadowy figures, and dodge potholes. Some are robbed. Some much worse. Over the course of the past couple of months, I’ve spoken with numerous friends, colleagues, and organizations in Detroit about this challenge. Standing idly by is just not an option.