down with the lampposts

this is a quick post. but I think it’s really interesting. the Atlantic has a piece on “Why Hong Kongers Are Toppling Lampposts“. This is an instance of the negatives of smart cities. The poles perhaps have technology to monitor traffic and whatnot (it’s not


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what the hell is regional science?

We have urban planning. We have urban economics. We have urban geography. We now have urban science and informatics. But what is regional science? Let’s look at some history. The Regional Science Association was founded in 1954, though the field began earlier. While in the beginning,


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what the hell is an urbanist?

I declare that I research and practice urban policy, urban planning, and urban science. In other words, I am an urban policy analyst, an urban planner, and an urban scientist. This is rather clear: I look at the policy making of city governments, I facilitate


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understanding air travel infrastructure

I love flying and airports. one of my most favorites things is walking through a terminal, looking at each gate, and seeing all the different destinations. it’s exciting, seeing all those possibilities. airports are such a great example of the the built environment of infrastructure


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symbolism of trains

seanandrewchen Trains as symbolsI love trains. Not just as a wonderful technology, but also what they represent and how they are represented in our culture and minds. In one sense, I see trains as a technology that connects us. But in another sense, that connection


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voting & decision theory

There has been a lot of talk about critical reforms in Washington. The Democratic caucus wants to tackle issues of corruption including campaign finance. But I personally think there are even more fundamental things within our democratic system, and that is how we actually vote.


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