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Google Fiber Delays Decision on Service in Portland, Other Cities
December 19, 2014 - The company said Thursday that it will delay a verdict on whether it will serve Portland, five suburbs and eight other metro areas in other parts of the country until "early next year."

Low-Income Citizens Can Benefit When Cities and Private Sector Partner
December 19, 2014 - "Bank On" programs and other innovative initiatives reduce the victimization of poor individuals.

Philadelphia and Nextdoor to Partner Free for Social Networking
December 19, 2014 - The partnership is similar to ones Nextdoor has struck in communities around the nation as it tries to attract a broad base of users in anticipation of raising revenue through ads.

Can a New Map Simplify Parking in Chicago?
December 18, 2014 - This new tool, made possible by open data, could also be used to help people decide where to live.

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses
December 18, 2014 - Satellite data reveal the severity of California’s drought on water resources across the state.

A 5-Part Test for Public-Private Partnerships
December 18, 2014 - To get a P3 proposal to the finish line, public officials need to keep some important principles in mind.

A Streetcar Named Confusion: Assessing Success of Portland’s Streetcar System
December 18, 2014 - The work of the city's audit division demonstrates that Portland Streetcar needs to sort out its governance and bureaucratic problems so it can establish appropriate benchmarks and provide reliable information.

Data Fuels Bloomberg Model for Urban Innovation
December 18, 2014 - Jim Anderson explains the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Program to 12 new cities.

University of Wisconsin Students Use Smart Technology in Football Helmets to Detect Injuries
December 18, 2014 - During the past two semesters, teams of students brainstormed dozens of devices in the university's Internet of Things Lab.

Behind Sydney Siege: Cops and Hostage-Taker Struggle Over Social Media
December 18, 2014 - The hostage crisis at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney, Australia, unfolded in a way impossible a decade ago.

How to Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data: Part II
December 17, 2014 - As the open data movement spreads to smaller jurisdictions, the opportunities and challenges to extracting economic value become more pronounced.

10 Drivers of Smart City Planning in 2015
December 17, 2014 - A government advisory firm presents its top 10 imperatives and predictions to help local governments stay abreast of smart city business and technology requirements, the Internet of Things and resilience among them.

What Does it Take for a City to Become Truly Smart?
December 17, 2014 - In this Q&A, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks about what defines a smart city and what it takes to achieve smart city status.

Illinois Expanding Electric Vehicle Network Along Historic Route 66
December 16, 2014 - A network of charging stations could make a road trip from St. Louis to Chicago more likely in an electric vehicle, without having to haul a generator.

Doubling Down on the Innovation-Team Model
December 16, 2014 - Another 14 cities are about to build their own "i-teams." No longer an experimental approach, it's a proven route to cross-cutting accomplishments.

Using Sensors to Monitor Foot Traffic During the Holidays
December 16, 2014 - Sensor data can help city planners and businesses optimize their operations, and one Danish city is attempting to do just that this holiday season.

How Government Can Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data: Part I
December 16, 2014 - Everybody understands how open data makes government more transparent. But the economic value is less clear.

Boulder, Colo., Council to Consider Google Project
December 16, 2014 - Although the Planning Board has already signed off on the four-acre Google project, the City Council gets the last say on site review requests.

Real-Time Open Data
December 15, 2014 - Some cities are starting to look seriously at how sensor data can inform better policy decisions and better investment of public resources.

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