thisiscitylab:


Total debt is trending higher in denser, larger, more knowledge-based metros where incomes are greater and housing costs are among the priciest in the nation. But it’s smaller, less affluent, more blue-collar metros that face the highest levels of financial distress. 

-The New Geography of U.S. Consumer Debt

thisiscitylab:

Total debt is trending higher in denser, larger, more knowledge-based metros where incomes are greater and housing costs are among the priciest in the nation. But it’s smaller, less affluent, more blue-collar metros that face the highest levels of financial distress. 

-The New Geography of U.S. Consumer Debt

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Open meetings need open data

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openingparliament:

Recommendations for using open data to improve open meetings

Just as the public records process is being updated to take advantage of new technologies, it’s time for an overhaul of how governments approach open meetings. Some of the key principles of open data can be applied to broad improvements of open meetings policies. Here are some of the ways open data can be used to help bolster open meetings:

1. Post the open meetings law online

2. Post meeting notices, agendas, minutes, votes and other related document online

3. Record and post audio or video of full meetings online

4. Share information in a timely manner in a central location

5. Publish information in bulk and consider APIs

6. Take steps to ensure data quality

7. Mandate future review drawing on public input

8. Apply the open meetings law to quasi-governmental agencies

9. Create an online component for meetings

10. Ensure sufficient funding

11. Digitize archival materials

latimes:

How many people are actually paying to ride L.A.’s trains? Figuring out how many of last year’s 115 million riders paid their fares and rode the trains legally has become a vexing question with important consequences. Above, you can see how L.A.’s train system developed, with the size of each bubble indicating how many ticket scans each station had in 2013 and the first four months of 2014. L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started locking turnstiles last year.

latimes:

How many people are actually paying to ride L.A.’s trains? Figuring out how many of last year’s 115 million riders paid their fares and rode the trains legally has become a vexing question with important consequences. Above, you can see how L.A.’s train system developed, with the size of each bubble indicating how many ticket scans each station had in 2013 and the first four months of 2014. L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started locking turnstiles last year.

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thisiscitylab:


In larger cities with dense cores like D.C., bike-share may replace shorter transit trips; in smaller, more dispersed cities like Minneapolis, it may expand the entire public transport network.

-The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

thisiscitylab:

In larger cities with dense cores like D.C., bike-share may replace shorter transit trips; in smaller, more dispersed cities like Minneapolis, it may expand the entire public transport network.

-The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

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sunfoundation:

What does 1 year+ of political ads look like?

Sunlight examined every political ad contract from April 2013 to June 2014 and found that candidates and outside groups dropped over $4.6 million in that time frame.

A Sunlight Foundation analysis of 14 months worth of contracts at CBS affiliate KYW provides a glimpse at the relentlessness with which voters in key markets are bombarded with political messages — and intriguing details about how office seekers, political parties and other interest groups target them.

Read the full analysis on the Sunlight Foundation blog.

fastcompany:

These Incredible Photos From Astronauts Show The Brightest Cities On Earth 

Cities at Night was launched by some Spanish astrophysicists who started following an astronaut’s Twitter account. “For us his nighttime pictures were like fire for a firefighter—it’s pretty, but you must control it,” says Alejandro Sanchez from Complutense University of Madrid. “We want to make the nighttime images useful for citizens, journalists, and scientists. And make this beauty accessible—but also make people think about if all this waste of energy is really needed.”

See the entire slideshow here>

Enjoy this piece of Friday city fun! 

mapsontheweb:

Map of the US ZIP codes numbering

mapsontheweb:

Map of the US ZIP codes numbering

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You Are Here offers a variety of awesome data visualizations for cities. Check it out. 

You Are Here offers a variety of awesome data visualizations for cities. Check it out

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mapsontheweb:

Map of New Jersey’s 566 Municipalities

Neat! Anyone know of other examples like this?  

mapsontheweb:

Map of New Jersey’s 566 Municipalities

Neat! Anyone know of other examples like this?  

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