Category Archives: Technology

Counting Machines

Policies on real-time ride-sharing and taxi-hailing: City of Vancouver to study Uber

I was interviewed yesterday by CBC Radio’s Michelle Eliot for her story on Uber making a comeback in Vancouver. It was timely, as I had just talking about Uber with a friend the week before that was prompting me re-consider my thoughts on it, which I blogged previously in 2012 (check out those posts here […]

Introduction to Open Data: video lecture for Technicity technology for urban planning course

I was asked by Jennifer Evans-Cowley and Tom Sanchez, the instructors of the Technicity online course on the future of technology and cities, to contribute a 15 minute video lecture on the topic of Open Data. The course formally starts on February 26th, in a couple days. My video will be incorporated into their materials […]

APA 2013 – Participation & Thoughts on Unconference on Intelligent Cities

Four quick tips for the APA Unconference, some news about my involvement with the APA’s Technology Division, and a side-trip on Evgeny Morozov’s latest work.

Untangling positions from interests in the Uber debacle

Since I first wrote my previous post describing my reactions and thoughts on Uber, the topic has since, as expected, exploded — both across the continent and here in Vancouver. Uber itself has stoked this fire. Since Uber’s business model makes it technically a limousine service, the Passenger Transport Board is requiring it to charge […]

Unpacking Uber’s role in the transportation system and policy

Smartphone-savvy taxi service Uber is the new transportation efficiency tool on the block. What’s the story for the taxis – and transportation system as a whole – that we already have?

Today’s Transit, Tomorrow’s Pipeline: Connecting the dots between the headlines

The big story for yesterday was TransLink unveiling their draft 2013 base plan (which TransLink is bringing out for public consultation starting September 20). The gist of it is this: because Christy Clark’s BC government scuttled the Mayor’s Council proposals for drumming up the funds to maintain and expand existing transit services, TransLink is having […]

Reflecting on This Is Our Stop

Last Thursday, friends and local web app artisans Tylor Sherman and Todd Sieling (principals of Denim and Steel) launched This is Our Stop, a web application they have spent the last few months developing and testing. It is a refinement of my original concept of “a Facebook wall for every bus stop” I proposed back […]

#PlannersTweet: Learning how planning and planners use(s) Twitter

Inspired by my friend Raul Pacheco-Vega’s recent use of Twitter to encourage scholars to talk about their research, I’d like to get planning researchers and practitioners talking a little bit about what they get from using Twitter. There’s always been a lot of misperceptions — that Twitter is only for reading headlines, sharing what you […]

Will the smarter city be built by love?

Source: ekosystem.org Jack Mason, an IBMer working on the IBM Smarter Cities Tumblr, wrote a couple weeks ago: As an IBMer working on Smarter Cities — and a New Yorker for much of my adult life — I’d like to observe that Adam Greenfield doesn’t know me, my motivations, or those of the thousands of […]

Convening a conversation between Usability and Planning Professionals

Summary (aka tl;dr) World Usability Day and World Town Planning Day are two events celebrated very close together, in the first week of November. I propose having a joint project or event to lay the groundwork for conversation between urban planners and user experience practitioners, and the insights each can bring for navigating the urban […]