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Dhaka, Bangladesh = World Traffic Capital. 650 intersections, only 60 traffic lights

Dhaka, Bangladesh = World Traffic Capital. 650 intersections, only 60 traffic lights | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
There are only 650 major intersections here—but somehow only 60 traffic lights.

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, July 7, 7:45 AM

seth dixon:This is an excellent article to explore some of the problems confronting megacities.

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Megacities

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APHG-U7

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Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay

Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A report found that counties like Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk faced tough competition from New York City for young people, perhaps because of less diversity and a dearth of modest rentals.
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Dhaka - Part 5 of 5 - Who can solve a problem like Dhaka - YouTube

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Dhaka - Part 3 of 5 - Disasters drive mass migration to Dhaka - YouTube

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Dhaka - Part 1 of 5 - The fastest growing megacity in the world - YouTube

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Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations?

Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Can you recognize it by its Starbucks locations?  Let’s find out. This quiz shows all of the Starbucks locations within the city boundaries of 20 domestic or foreign cities, and for each you must name the city depicted from four choices."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 24, 2013 10:19 AM

This is my favorite place-based guessing game since GeoGuessr (5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where).  This isn't about knowing Starbucks locations, but understanding spatial urban economic patterns (just as this article showing the locations where McDonald's and Burger King will place stores also relies of understanding urban economic patterns).  In this Starbucks game you have to recognized the shape of the city, major street patterns and the economic patterns just to name a few.  This is one way to make the urban model more relevant.       


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Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 24, 2013 3:53 PM

Unfortuntaley I wasn't very good at this game. I believe I ended up getting 5 answers correct. However what was intersting about this article was to see how each starbucks was placed in certain areas. There were so much more starbucks locations in city areas. The starbucks' also typically were off of main highways or corners. This is for similiar reasons to what we dicussed about dunkin donuts in class. People are only going to travel so far for coffee. If it is not convienent then people will go else where. It is not like car dealership where people will drive out of their way to look. For a coffee people on average may drive 5 minutes. Anything too out of the way people will avoid. That is why there are so many starbucks and dunkins so close to eachother. They are set up equdistant from each other in locations that are convient for people around the area to try and get them to choose their coffee. It is typical to put a coffee shop on the main roads like we see in the maps, as well as in numerous locations to convience the whole area. The more convient the shop the more money they will make. That is why there are some many locations so close to each other. It is interesting to see it visually on a map just how many locations there actually are. 

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Which cities are the most electric car-friendly?

Which cities are the most electric car-friendly? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
San Francisco, predictably, is near the top of the list of cities with the most electric car-charging stations. But it couldn't beat out winner Portland, Ore. and a surprising chart-topper from Texas.
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Abu Dhabi starts operations at new $9b port

Abu Dhabi starts operations at new $9b port | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
ABU DHABI (AFP) - Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations on Saturday at its new Khalifa Port in a multi-billion-dollar project to transfer its main container terminal from the 40-year-old port of Mina Zayed.
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Downtowns: How Did We Get Here?

Kennedy Smith is considered one of the nation's leading experts on downtowns, downtown economics, independent business development and the economic impact of urban sprawl, with a long career in downtown revitalization.

 

This video discusses the decline of the American Central Business District, the rise of shopping malls, the importance of the automobile and spatial organization of particular economic sectors.

 

Parts Two  http://vimeo.com/37041011 ; and Three  http://vimeo.com/37050944 ; continue the discussion with an emphasis on practical urban planning policies for small cities to revitalize the downtown region with some domestic and foreign examples. 


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:38 PM

I have wondered about that where these downtowns came from. I have thought of it because I am very curious to learn about downtown providence and how it became a downtown. Where did the word downtown come from? It is amazing how things are being called in this world.

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Furniture designed to Maximize Space for Urber Urban Dwellers

Amazing design and stylish furniture...

 

This is an excellent example of (non-geo) spatial thinking.  The design in this furniture resembles the work of urban planners--mixed use areas to satisfy the needs of many populations. 

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Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest tower, reaching 1 kilometer into the sky

Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest tower, reaching 1 kilometer into the sky | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is building the world's tallest tower. Once done, it will be 558 feet taller than the Burj Khalifa.
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Ignacio Garrido's curator insight, April 22, 9:33 AM

Exercise 25. You have to send your answer by Moodle. Good Luck¡¡

 

1. What is the tallest building nowadays? Where  is it?

2. Where will the  tallest building be built ?

3. What do you think is in these countries where these buildings are built?

4. Can you imagine how the live will be in the 200 floor? Explain it.

5. Think in the tallest building of your town and describe it ( Where, how, made of, painted like...)

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This Is The Next Generation Of Global Cities

This Is The Next Generation Of Global Cities | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Cities in lower-income countries are rapidly catching up with the world's top business capitals, according to a new report.

Chicago-based consulting firm A.T. Kearney is predicting the next generation of global cities, based on the speed with whi...
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Dhaka - Part 4 of 5 - Rickshaw economy - YouTube

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Dhaka - Part 2 of 5 - The dreams of Dhaka's garment girls - YouTube

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Transportation and Planning

"When you combine a street and a road, you get a STROAD, one of the most dangerous and unproductive human environments. To get more for our transportation dollar, America needs an active policy of converting STROADs to productive streets or high capacity roadways."


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In this video, a road provides high connectivity between places, and a street is a diverse platform of social interactions that create a place.  A 'stroad' can be likened unto a spork--it tries to do it everything but does nothing especially well.  While you may debate the principle being shown, this video (found on Atlantic Cities) is a good way to show the spatial thinking that city planners need to utilize to improve the urban environment. 


Tagstransportation, urban, planning.

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 2:03 AM

the danger of stroads

François Lanthier's curator insight, January 31, 11:19 AM

The Stroad - an unfortunate phenomenon... NYC is taking action to minimize its' STROADS... more cities should do the same.

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15 foods you can regrow from scraps

15 foods you can regrow from scraps | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The interest in urban gardening and organic foods has grown as a reaction against a mechanized, commercialization agricultural industry with genetically-modified produce.  Modern consumers are seek...

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Mary Burke's comment, April 14, 2013 2:56 PM
I love this idea. And I every one of these foods. When I'm done with school in two years I'm going to have a garden and get my grandchildren involved. They need to know where food comes from. My dream would be to grow my own food.
Meg Conheeny's comment, April 26, 2013 4:37 PM
This is really cool. In this day and age so many consumers are trying to find ways to stay away from the “genetically-modified produce." Many people want to grow gardens and eat more organic and natural products. This article shows ways to grow products from scraps of food such as growing carrots from carrot tops or tomatoes from seeds. This concept is really interesting I had no idea this could be done. I think this idea will catch on and could ultimately make people healthier.
Dave Cottrell's comment, April 27, 2013 1:01 PM
This works very well. I don't just throw out tomatoes that spoil in the house or even on the vine late in the season. If you throw them into a heap in the fall with other garden scraps, they will produce very hardy plants that you can transplant in the spring. When you buy a (non GMO) pumpkin in the fall, save the seeds. Clean them well by washing them, dry them on an old towel, and plant them in cardboard egg cartons in some compost in the spring. These are just a few of the things you can grow from so-called waste!
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In Bike-Friendly Copenhagen, Highways For Cyclists - via @APHumanGeog

In Bike-Friendly Copenhagen, Highways For Cyclists - via @APHumanGeog | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Bikers are everywhere in Copenhagen. And now the city is building new, high-speed routes into the city that will make it easier to commute, even from the distant suburbs.

 

The transportation urban planning paradigm in Copenhagen is not exclusively structured around automobiles and the logistics needed for drivers.  Copenhagen has heavily invested in cycling and they are reaping the rewards based on there efforst.  As the Earth-Operators Manual Facebook Page stated, cyclists in Copenhagen daily travel 750,000 miles; enough to go to the moon and back. 


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Jeff F's comment, September 4, 2012 9:11 AM
Scandinavia once again shows itself to be leading the way in social and environmental policy.

The bike highways are a great idea. They can help stop traffic congestion, keep people healthy, and reduce an individual's carbon footprint.

I used to work about a mile from my house and other than the winter, or when it was raining, I'd bike to work each day. Not only was it better for myself and the environment, I also didn't have to waste gas money.
Seth Dixon's comment, September 4, 2012 6:16 PM
I agree Jeff. I'd ride my bike to work, the the infrastructure isn't designed for it and I'd be jeopardizing my own safety. If you build it, they will ride.
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The High Line

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The official Web site of the High Line and Friends of the High Line...

 

What do you do with an outdated elevated train line running through a crowded neighborhood in New York City?  In the 1980s, residents called for the demolition of the line as the eyesore since it was blamed for economic struggles of the community and increased criminal activity.  Unfortunately demolition is extremely expensive.  However, this one particular abandoned line has recently been converted into an elevated green space that has economically revitalized the local real estate.  Find out more about this innovated park and project.


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Where America Needs Doctors

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What is the geography of medical practicioners?  Why are doctors concentrated more in certain parts of the country?  "If anything, this map illustrates how much where you live matters for how much health care you have access to. The 17,000 residents of Clark County, Miss. do not have a single primary care doctor in the area. Up in Manhattan there is one doctor for every 500 people."  Click on the link for an interactive ESRI-produced StoryMap. 


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Melissa Marin's comment, April 9, 2012 11:31 AM
It makes me wonder what is preventing doctors from relocating to areas with high need more medical care... If not income, then what is preventing them from benefiting from the high need for supply?
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Urbanology

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"What would your future city look like? Find out now by playing Urbanology online.  Urbanology is a game that examines the complex ways in which cities develop."  This is a great teaching tool since you are asked 10 questions that city planners need to answer that will shape the cultural and economic patterns of the city.  For example, would you remove an automobile lane to put in a bike lane or expand the sidewalk?   Based on your answers, it will tell you what city is most similar to the one you envision and what is your highest (and lowest) priority in laying out the city.  


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Don Brown Jr's comment, July 29, 2012 2:23 PM
It seems Berlin is the ideal city for me since I have a high priority for innovation. How does a specialized city affect it longevity? Is it difficult to redesign, thus serving as a deterrent to innovation? Once you specialize, design and develop it for a certain purpose don’t you also make it venerable to change? (I’m thinking about Detroit)