Gov 2.0 News

October 7, 2011

Just a few years ago, Sacramento County foster students would often be put in the wrong grade level or in classes they had already completed when they enrolled in a new school.

October 6, 2011

It's time for price-conscious drivers in San Francisco to get savvy. Park at a curbside metered space on Second Street, between Folsom and Harrison streets in the South of Market, and the mid-day hourly charge will be $...

In Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare just celebrated its "1st Birthday Bash" according to Coleen Gentles.
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October 5, 2011

The Dubai Executive Council has approved the Dubai Urban Development Master Plan 2020, and will establish a 'Supreme Urban Planning Council,' to streamline the process.
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Andres Sevstuk, lecturer at MIT and head of the City Form Research Group describes how the new Urban Network Analysis toolbox is "taking a much more rigorous approach to look at the work of urban design."
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October 4, 2011

Don't Forget to Return It: Libraries to Loan out iPads

DURHAM, N.C. — When Mr. Williams means business, he is not kidding around. "He's pretty quiet, pretty serious," said Ashabur Rahman, a fifth grader at Glenn Elementary School who has him for math and science.

Les Bluecars are clean, green, chic and cheap. But Parisian pedestrians need to watch and listen outEt voil ! From the country that gave us the Vlib and by extension Boris Bikes say bonjour to the electric Bluecar. Hot on the wheels of Paris's self-service bicycle scheme comes Autolib, a car-sharing idea that the city claims is a world first. By 2013 officials hope to have around 5,000 Bluecars zipping around Paris, cutting noise and air pollution and discouraging car ownership. On a sunny Sunday on the Avenue Trudaine, the family-friendly part of the 9th arrondissement, a curious crowd ...

The city of Elk Grove has launched a free mobile phone application that gives access to city services, maps and news from an Internet-enabled cellphone. The new app is available for iPhones and Android phones and allows residents to:

CenterPoint Human Services and a statewide mental-health advocacy group are reaching out to teens in a four-county area with a real-time counseling service through their cellphones.

October 2, 2011

In Process Given continuing budget pressures combined with the focus on performance envisioned in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, federal agencies need to identify ways to operate more efficiently. GAO was asked to (1) describe selected initiatives that federal departments are implementing to achieve efficiencies; and (2) identify key practices associated with implementing these initiatives, as well as selected state initiatives, that can be applied more broadly in the federal government. GAO reviewed agency documents and interviewed officials from the Departments of Homeland Security ...

September 28, 2011

The system combines sounds, voice, and tactile sensation and was unveiled Wednesday by Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Developers in Windsor, Connecticut are transforming a brownfield site into a $1 billion housing project, in the core of its corporate office center.
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Warren Karlenzig pays San Francisco a visit to tour its 15 "parklets", tiny urban public spaces carved out of underused road space or a couple of parking lots.
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Massapequa Park will be the first Long Island municipality to use electronic sensors embedded in the street to detect illegally parked vehicles.

September 25, 2011

Two planners with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reveal how they use GIS to coordinate their efforts, using the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan as an example.
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TWO years ago Sabina sold flowers on the street from a shopping trolley. Today she has her own storefront in Queens, thanks to a $1,500 loan from Grameen America, a microfinance institution based on Grameen bank, which was founded by Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh. Since opening its first American branch in January 2008, Grameen has found fertile ground. It has lent more than $25m to 7,300 borrowers. At 15%, interest rates are high, but far less than a loan shark or payday lender would charge (the annualised interest on a payday loan is typically 400%, sometimes twice that), and there are no ...

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