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The Cedar Grove Institute Maps Municipal Inequality

May 5, 2013 - in Analysis, Projects

The Cedar Grove Institute has been using maps to exhibit patterns of municipal discrimination against low-income and minority communities for almost a decade. The patterns, rooted in the days when residential discrimination was supported by law, have been…

African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data

May 1, 2013 - in Analysis, Transportation

Researchers at IBM, using movement data collected from millions of cell-phone users in Ivory Coast in West Africa, have developed a new model for optimizing…

Unlocking British Columbia's Hydropower Potential

April 29, 2013 - in Analysis, Energy

It's predicted that the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada, will require an additional 30,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity within the next 20…

Unlocking British Columbia’s Hydropower Potential

April 29, 2013 - in Analysis, Energy

It's predicted that the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada, will require an additional 30,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity within the next 20 to 25 years. To meet this projection, BC Hydro retained consulting firm Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. (KWL)…

A Physicist Solves the City

April 29, 2013 - in Analysis

The 70-year-old physicist Geoffrey West, who grew up in Somerset, England, is no longer trying to solve the physical universe; he’s not interested in deep space or string theory. Although West worked for decades as a physicist at Stanford University and…

Cities Find New Ways to Deal with a Torrent of Data

April 28, 2013 - in Analysis, Smart Cities

Many cities around the country find themselves in position where they are accumulating data faster than they know what to do with. One approach is to give them to the public. For example, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago are or soon…

Mapping Economic Inequality On Every Block In The Country

April 26, 2013 - in Analysis

The average male worker earns less in inflation-adjusted wages than he would have in 1968. As the middle class hollows out, the gap between rich and poor widens, and what were left with is A Tale of Two Cities--in almost every city in the country. For a visualization…

University of Toronto's City Centre Detail a 60-year Evolution of the City

March 24, 2013 - in Analysis, Planning

Toronto’s land-use maps are important planning tools but they lack detail and are often out-of-date. Municipal planning diagrams don’t provide much detail, and the province doesn’t make its land-use data available to researchers. Zoning and approved…

University of Toronto’s City Centre Detail a 60-year Evolution of the City

March 24, 2013 - in Analysis, Planning

Toronto’s land-use maps are important planning tools but they lack detail and are often out-of-date. Municipal planning diagrams don’t provide much detail, and the province doesn’t make its land-use data available to researchers. Zoning and approved…

Cell Phone Temporal Data Analysis Isolates Criminals

March 20, 2013 - in Analysis, Security

After a recent string of robberies in Italy, a new forensic tool that makes it easy to explore reams of cell phone data revealed an incriminating pattern: Leading up to and after each robbery, there were flurries of calls between members of a gang suspected…