Gov 2.0 News

November 21, 2011

Last week, Mayor Villaraigosa presented his vision for a more livable L.A., including the addition of fifty pocket parks.
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Connecticut and Illinois are making big investments into hybrid public buses thanks to a new round of federal awards. Connecticut was awarded $275 million and Illinois was awarded $5 million for hybrid bus projects. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation which is working to help states make public transit systems become more [...]

Researchers in Baltimore are tracking the way the character of a neighborhood its violence, its vacant houses, its appearance of obvious drug use can affect an addict's decision to use drugs.

November 20, 2011

Washington state education officials know a lot more about your kids than they ever knew about you.

As we approach the busiest travel day of the year - the day before Thanksgiving - there is a new tool to help you get through airport security with fewer hassles.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development says beagles Mickey and Nemo started work this week. Their mission: to sniff out bedbugs.

November 17, 2011

The Recovery Board has given the home page of a facelift. In announcement today, the Recovery Board said it hopes the changes will make it even easier for citizens to view information on projects and awards as well as report waste, fraud and abuse. The home page changes quietly went into effect on Monday. [...]

In New York, Arts for Transit is a program that was started to bring "original and integrated artworks into MTA stations and spaces and to promote design excellence." Director, Sandra Bloodworth sits with Urban Omnibus to discuss the program.
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November 15, 2011

In Ohio, officials are looking at new ways to liven up their parks. They are providing incentives for volunteers to help beautify and maintain the parks, in addition to adding new programs to attract users to frequent the parks.
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November 14, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs is way ahead of the curve when it comes to electronic medical records, which it's been collecting for 25 years. The Million Veteran Project launched this year is an effort to pair the records with blood samples which contain DNA from 1 million veterans.

November 10, 2011

The MTA has confirmed incidents of spitting on transit workers, usually on buses but also on trains, are happening about 14 times every month.

November 9, 2011

Executive order trims spending on agency travel, personal technology and promotional items.

Oregon voters can use iPads — but not other kinds of tablet PCs — to mark their ballots.

November 8, 2011

Idaho became the first state in the nation to require high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate, despite heavy criticism of the plan at a series of public hearings.

Police departments are starting to equip officers with video cameras on their uniforms. It's supposed to protect both cops and the public, and clarify he-said-she-said situations. But the technology is raising a number of questions and concerns about privacy and who has access to the videos.

November 5, 2011

"Redfields to Greenfields," a project currently being developed at Georgia Tech in partnership with City Parks Alliance advocacy group, would convert empty commercial sites into parks, writes Nate Berg for The Atlantic Cities.
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November 3, 2011

Environmental criminology may not be the most well-known field, but in this profile of Nikki Filipuzzi and her work throughout Calgary, Tamara Gignac shows how even the right amounts of shrubbery and light can make the city safer.
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