Now, equipped with your device, you are prepared to be a sensor, rather than a thing to be sensed. As you move around your smart city, the things around you stream data about their capabilities, limitations, prices, uses and nature. Want to find a loo? Your device not only knows which ones are free, but also what time you habitually pee, and whether or not you’ve been drinking a lot of water and might need one. Want a free seat on a bus? Likewise, the device will tell you where there is one free. When you stand at a bus-stop, your presence, but not your identity, is registered, so that the transit system can adjust the vehicles and routes. … [Read more...] about The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states
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In the absence of an accepted scientific indicator system, the EU’s Green Capital programme at least has a rigorous shortlisting process based on a technical assessment covering aspects such as biodiversity, green spaces and how a city deals with wastewater, noise and air quality. The programme, however, is limited to European cities and, furthermore, to those that actually apply for consideration – the most recent winners are Copenhagen, Bristol (the current incumbent) and, for 2016, Ljubljana. … [Read more...] about Where is the world’s greenest city?
What everybody’s talking about The recent resurgence in meth busts in Austin – seizures rose from 1,600g in 2014 to 21,037g in 2015, and one woman on 10th Street Northeast was found in January with 1,545g, probably the biggest in the city’s history. Homemade meth labs are no longer a major factor, with the Mexican cartels providing the bulk of US supply since the early noughties. South Minnesota, on the intersection of interstates 90 and 35, is on the crossroads for drug-trafficking - heroin also comes down from Chicago. … [Read more...] about Austin in the spotlight: Minnesota city celebrates the 80th birthday of Spam
That someone of Bukele’s profile and limited political experience could gain control of a capital city is a sign of how impatient Salvadorans are with the status quo. Though El Salvador is about the size of Wales and comprises less than 14% of the population of Central America, it accounts for more than 35% of the region’s homicides, nearly all of which go unpunished. Disenchantment with the country’s two major parties runs deep. Bukele’s party, the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), began as a group of guerrilla revolutionaries during the country’s civil war, which lasted from 1980 to 1992, but its leaders have lost their populist edge and the party is now widely seen as having sold out. Meanwhile, the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena), which controlled the government of wartime El Salvador, is seen as the corrupt guardian of the elites’ wealth. … [Read more...] about Can a millennial mayor save one of the world’s most violent cities?
Explore the Père Lachaise cemetery Behind a looming stone entrance in the 20th arrondissement lies Paris's largest cemetery, with over 100 acres of graves, tombs and memorials and 69,000 ornate (and often over-the-top) tombs of curious. It is the most visited cemetery in the world, thanks to its impressive roll call of those laid to rest here, including Georges Rodenbach, whose tomb features a bronze figure breaking out of the grave, and Oscar Wilde's, which used to be kissed by visitors with red lipstick. Jim Morrison of The Doors is also buried there; his grave is a humble stone marker that draws thousands of fans each year.• 16 rue du Repos, 20th arr, +33 1 43 70 70 33, pere-lachaise.com. From November 6-March 15, Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-5.30pm, Sun and public holidays 9am-5.30pm. From March 16-November 5 the cemetery remains open half an hour later … [Read more...] about Top 10 free things to do in Paris