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NHC Analysts' Predictive Models Improve Hurricane Season Forecasts - Data Informed

NHC Analysts' Predictive Models Improve Hurricane Season Forecasts - Data Informed | Local Government | Scoop.it
NHC Analysts' Predictive Models Improve Hurricane Season Forecasts Data Informed The improved tracking is a result of computing advances that have enabled NHC's predictive models to become faster and capable of resolving increasingly smaller...

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West blast reveals emergency planning weaknesses

West blast reveals emergency planning weaknesses | Local Government | Scoop.it
The stockpile of ammonium nitrate at West Fertilizer Co. was well known to farmers and firefighters around West. The explosive potential of that fertilizer was well known to experts for decades, codified in national fire standards.
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This further illustrates the need for comprehensive emergency response planning, hazard mitigation planning, and integration of these plans into local comprehensive and land use plans.

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Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development | Smart Growth | US EPA

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ESRI's Interactive Hurricane Map

ESRI's Interactive Hurricane Map | Local Government | Scoop.it

This interactive map in MUCH more powerful than the previously post one since it's managed by the GIS pros.  It allows you to view continuously updated hurricane information. You can track specific hurricanes Focused on Irene now) and see their projected path.


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The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams | Local Government | Scoop.it
A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.

The exhibition’s title – Grand Reductions – suggests a simple illustration’s power to encapsulate complex ideas. And for that reason the medium has always been suited to the city, an intricate organism that has been re-imagined (with satellite towns! in rural grids! in megaregions!) by generations of architects, planners and idealists.

In the urban context, diagrams can be powerful precisely because they make weighty questions of land use and design digestible in a single sweep of the eye. But as well-known plans, such as Le Corbusier’s, illustrates, they can also seductively oversimplify the problems of cities. These 10 diagrams have been tremendously influential – not always for the good...

 

View all the diagrams as well as their descriptions at the article link...


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Fascinating article.  I love planning history.

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