News Archive

Links to news articles, blogs and other information related to geography, GIS and more.

  • GPS Data to be Used in Urban Planning

    Posted: December 3, 2013

    On November 29th, TomTom announced a partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements program, which will use collected GPS data to help plan urban environments to avoid traffic congestion. The data will also be used to help determine where to place basic services and improve overall mobility in growing areas. See some more details on the partnership and what the data will be used for in this press release

    TomTom also recently released its … Read more

  • Washington: A World Apart

    Posted: December 2, 2013

    This interesting long-read talks at length about median-housing income and educational attainment across the U.S. It also features an interactive map of what the author calls “Super Zip’s”, which are Zip code areas with the highest national rank in average household income and college educated residents. Read the story and check out the map here

  • Fighting the Vacant Property Plague

    Posted: November 22, 2013

    As a result of a community organization’s action in Youngstown, Ohio, a new bill has been passed which forces banks to pay $10,000 in cash bonds for foreclosed properties that remain vacant in an effort to keep property maintained and reduce neighborhood blight. Read about the organization, the bill and its impact here.

  • Participatory Budgeting in Chicago

    Posted: November 15, 2013

    In a collaborative effort, city officials and community members in Chicago’s 49th ward determine the funds spent and development projects taken on in their neighborhood together. See how their system works here

     

  • Small Scale Developers in Buffalo, NY

    Posted: November 14, 2013

    This recent New York Times Article explains the work of  people who have been buying vacant or abandoned land to renovate, preserve, and revitalize neighborhoods in Buffalo. Check out the full story here

  • GIS Helps Support World Food Program’s Food Security Program

    Posted: November 7, 2013

    The World Food Programme, the food assistance branch of the United Nations, has been using GIS to assess food security in at risk countries. They also use GIS to prepare for and help mitigate the effects of disaster events. Learn more about how they use technology here.

  • The State of Preschool (Report)

    Posted: October 30, 2013

    The National Institute for Early Education Research has published their yearly update on early education in the U.S., with data from the 2011-2012 school year. Some important figures from the report include:

    Funding for preschool went down by over $500 million.

    1.3 Million children attended state-funded preschool’s.

    New York State Pre-K programs met 7/10 education benchmarks.

    To see the full report, click on this link.