Gov 2.0 News

September 12, 2011

A recent article in The New York Times points to some interesting statistics regarding the vision of transport commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and the increase in cycling in New York City. According to John Pucher, a Rutgers University professor who studies ...

With urban populations expected to soar, cities will have to be rethought from the ground up to keep functioning as they do now without becoming environmental liabilities. Here are ways to make urban areas more environmentally friendly.

September 10, 2011

In an effort to improve literacy, Mexicos largest book retailer, Libreras Gandhi, partnered with Mexico Citys transportation authority to place billboards featuring excerpts from Franz Kafkas short story, The Bridge. The campaign consists of 13 billboards along Mexico Citys yellow ...

The Army Corps of Engineers developed a mobile information collection application to manage damage assessments.

M.I.T. has developed a new open-source ArcGIS toolbox that they say will illustrate how a cities' spatial layout affects the way people will live in it.
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September 7, 2011

Boston's bike share program Hubway has attracted 2,319 annual subscribers and had 36,612 station-to-station trips after one month of being open, reportst Erick Moskowitz for The Boston Globe.
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September 6, 2011

The cameras despised by so many drivers don't just nail speeders and red-light runners. They're helping police nab criminals.

Their jobs are different from what they once were thanks to fewer fires. In fire stations all across the country, firefighters are now required to train as emergency medical technicians so that they can respond to medical calls.

HOUSTON — Classrooms are festooned with college pennants. Hallway placards proclaim: "No Excuses!" Students win prizes for attendance, and pore over math problems with newly hired tutors. They start classes earlier and end later than their neighbors; some return to school on Saturdays.

September 1, 2011

August 29, 2011

The housing crisis has left banks stuck with crumbling, foreclosed houses that they can't resell. In Cleveland, a quasi-government corporation takes over those houses, and the lenders pay to demolish them. The idea may soon take hold in other cities as well.

The village of Shamen, China lacks running water, and scarcity has created a lack of awareness of water health issues. A complex new bathhouse aims to curb health problems and create a gathering place in the process.
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The decision by New Jersey's Supreme Court last week to overhaul the state's rules for how judges and jurors treat evidence from police lineups could help transform the way officers conduct a central technique of police work, criminal justice experts say.

August 28, 2011

Mobile application and text-message update service will help people become better prepared before emergencies happen.

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August 26, 2011

The Internet and media offer news ways to stay informed during emergencies. Listed below are just a few of the resources for staying up to date on Hurricane Irene. ...

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August 25, 2011

CAMDEN, N.J., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Camden, N.J., school officials say they are trying a different approach to reduce truancy among high school students, paying some $100 to make it to class.

August 24, 2011

A new study shows that Providence middle school students enrolled in an after-school program had better attendance records than their peers who did not participate. The AfterZone program study released yesterday found that school absences among seventh-graders enrolled for two years in the after-school activity were 25 percent lower than their peers who were not involved. The study also found ...

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