Gov 2.0 News

February 24, 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city will begin to utilize QR (quick response) codes on all building permits, providing more access to information for New York residents.
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Pittsburgh officials said the process of getting permits for Dumpsters, home construction and dozens of other projects will be quicker and easier under an electronic permitting system the city will roll out today. The $1.3 million system, using Accela software, has been on the drawing board for about two years. The city annually issues about 200,000 permits for about 100 kinds of projects.

February 23, 2011

February 22, 2011

In a city of millions, how many people go knocking on the door of City Hall?

The feds have accomplished a lot with the year-old Open Government Directive, but they must get going this year on these 10 critical action items.

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February 18, 2011

Despite the city's heavy dependence on cars, a newly-approved project in Los Angeles will transform a Downtown street into a better experience for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit-riders.
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When Virginia Tech's largest dining hall re-opened several years ago, some administrators jokingly dubbed it the "freshman 25" cafeteria, for the number of pounds some students might gain from the tasty fare.

February 17, 2011

February 16, 2011

An artist dreams of turning social insects into police intelligent units to help track illegal plants growing around town.

February 15, 2011

Cities get a bad rap even though two-thirds of all Americans live in them. They're often depicted as dirty, dangerous, polluted and unhealthy. The American ideal is usually seen as more Mayberry than Queens. Host Scott Simon talks with Edward Glaeser about his new book, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Healthier, and Happier.

Does Salt Lake City have the second-best transit in the nation? U.S News and World Report released its choices for the top American cities for public transportation.
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This week, Alexandria, Virginia launched a new twist on challenge based citizen engagement with ACTion Alexandria. ACTion Alexandria is an online citizen engagement initiative, that on the surface looks similar to other online idea platforms such as UserVoice or IdeaScale. However, unlike these off-the-shelf solutions, ACTion Alexandria leveraged its history as an offline organizing group [...]

With the challenges facing American cities of tight budgets and lost revenues, Major Bing openly asks how to shrink the size of Detroit and makes an open call for plans, concepts, and strategies to save the failing city.
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The Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority awarded 24 local governments with grants totaling nearly $100,000 to increase the availability of online services, products and information in the state. The eGovernment Services Grants are designed to help local government offices migrate their services online and improve service delivery to their constituents. The Statewide Internet Portal Authority [...]

As part of this initiative, the White House has embraced a FCC proposal that calls for legislation to allow the agency to conduct incentive auctions.

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Administrator Craig Fugate says agency tracks events through hash tags to plan its response and keep the public informed.

Many of us are drawn to the big power politics of Washington, D.C., writes columnist David Brooks, but city politics is better than national politics because the problems are more tangible and the communication is more face to face.

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