Lisa Abeyta

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Fourteen Cities are Working Together with NLC to Combat Childhood Hunger

In an effort to build citywide campaigns to reduce hunger in local communities, the National League of Cities (NLC) is bringing fourteen cities to …

The 10 sexist excuses that big companies give for not appointing women to boards

It’s bad enough that women only account for 33% of all positions on corporate boards at 350 of the largest companies in Britain. However, the excuses given for why there are not more women are on boards are even worse.<p>On June 27, the UK government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review will unveil its …

FTSE

Can We Just Figure Out When the Trash Truck is Coming While We're Waiting on the Future to Get Here?

It's easy to get enamored with flying pods or autonomous cities, but city living can be a lot of better today with simple wins using today's tech.<p>I was digging through what felt like a bottomless mountain of dirty clothes after having been on business travel for most of the month when I heard the …

North Carolina

Why Melinda Gates Has Been Funding Female VCs Through Her Secretive Investment Firm

Melinda Gates needs no introduction.<p>She has been the co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for 18 years. Now, she has quietly entered the …

Venture Capital

Will Smart Cities Inevitably Worsen Social Inequality?

Positive action will be required to ensure that smart city solutions don’t just favour the already wealthy and connected<p>fantareis<p>Our world is …

How Toronto Gets Urban Housing and Zoning Right

<i>This is a guest post by Nick Norris, planning director for the city of Salt Lake City.</i>It was 6 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. The outside temperature was …

Should Transit Agencies Panic?

Many predict that new technology will doom public transportation. They’re wrong.<p>A transit professional can’t open a browser these days without encountering prophets of doom. “New technology is changing everything,” we’re told. “Everything you do is obsolete!” “You represent tired, old thinking.” …

States Streamline Public Health with GIS

By Juliet Van WagenenMapping technology is helping local governments better visualize data and effectively tackle local health issues.

A motorcyclist is suing GM after crashing into its self-driving car

Accidents involving autonomous cars can trigger a complex blame game.<p>It was morning in San Francisco on December 7 of last year, and a self-driving car and a motorcyclist were both motoring down Oak Street. The autonomous car, a white 2016 Chevy Bolt, started to make a lane change to the left from …

Autonomous Cars

What the Smart City Means for Future Airports

APEX Insight: As airports become more than just transit hubs, they’re turning into microcosms that emulate smart cities like Hudson Yards in …

Exclusive: ICE is about to start tracking license plates across the US

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time …

Transit expert: Nashville's transit plan isn't just about congestion, it's about development

Yonah Freemark, a mass-transit advocate and a doctorate candidate in city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explains why Mayor …

Think Tank: Shifting the Mindset from Competing to Winning

The author asserts that a "collective commitment to working together is the only way forward."<p>We all see it: Commerce is being radically disrupted by …

Delivering inclusive urban access: 3 uncomfortable truths

By Jeffrey Gutman, Adie TomerThe past few decades have been filled with a deep optimism about the role of cities and suburbs across the world. These …

3 Ways Smart Cities Can Plan for Future Interoperability

By Juliet Van WagenenFollow these tips to keep your cities from creating potentially problematic data and technology silos.

Repealing Net Neutrality: What It Means for the Future of Smart Cities | Inc.com

When a group of five people convened in Washington D.C. on December 14, 2017, their primary goal as commissioners for the Federal Communications Commission was to vote on whether to overturn the 2015 regulations governing the internet commonly known as Net Neutrality, which supported "the idea that …

New York City Broadband RFI Generates Strong Response

About four weeks remain until responses to New York City’s Request for Information (RFI) are due, an early step in its quest to roll out equitable, …

The 2017 Year in Visual and Interactive Storytelling

Smart data exchange will bring value to smart city innovation

When it comes to smart city innovation, it’s arguable that most use cases are not that exciting to the average resident. A connected garbage bin, traffic light or parking meter is not going to cause applause and adoration for city officials at least in the first instance. But as more and more local …

The Heterogeneous Future of Urban Mobility

The authors of Faster, Smarter, Greener talk about the technologies that will revolutionize how we get around cities.<p>The telecommunications ecosystem has come a long way from land lines and fax machines. The field is now crowded with a schmorgasbord of options, from WhatsApp to Facetime to Skype to …

Now Elon Musk Is Saying Tesla Could Rebuild Puerto Rico's Entire Power Grid | Inc.com

When Hurricane Maria barreled into Puerto Rico more than two weeks ago knocking out the island's entire power grid, Tesla knew it had the expertise to help. That's why the company quietly began sending battery packs and the personnel to install them to help restore power at key locations.<p>But with …

Puerto Rico

Maryland Offers Medicaid Users Free Telemedicine App

Medicaid users in Maryland can now reach their healthcare professionals via their smartphones and tablets. The state has begun offering emergency …

Health Care

Drones are Speeding Hurricane Harvey Response by 800%

For the past few days, the world has watched in horror as tropical storm Harvey continues to leave a trail of destruction in its wake. The hurricane …

Extreme Weather

Rents are collapsing in some of America's biggest cities

Since 2012, nearly 26,000 multifamily rental units have been completed in the city, according to Fannie Mae, which for 2017 sees "elevated volume of new supply, particularly in the Loop/River North/Gold Coast submarkets." This does not include condos and single-family homes that were bought by …

Connecting Start-Ups and City Government

During my nearly 30 years in government, I have been fortunate to work alongside countless hard-working, brilliant colleagues. The City of San …

Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations

Back in December, Google finally added accessibility details to Maps. It was a long-awaited addition, but an extremely welcome one for the more than three million people in the U.S. who require wheelchair accessibility. As we noted at the time, however, the available information still left a lot to …

Saudi female driver speaks out for women: 'Your rights are taken, not given'

Despite working as an information security consultant for a multinational company in Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif was not allowed to drive, just like millions of other women in her country.<p>But in 2011, she decided to change that. She filmed herself cruising behind the wheel of a car and uploaded …

Interactive Flood Mapping Tool Helps Local Governments Plan for Resilience

In an effort to indicate flood-prone areas, and the type of structures and residents that will be most impacted during flooding, researchers at the …

Opening Public Services to Artificial Intelligence Assistants

<i>“Hey, Computer, how do I access my public services?”</i><p>Citizens will soon be able to ask their Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPA) this question …

Apple Offers Free Redeem Codes for AirPano's Virtual City Book App

The official Apple Store app is currently offering free redeem codes for AirPano's City Book app, which lets iOS users explore bird's-eye view panoramas of 10 famous cities from around the world.<p>Each high-resolution cityscape consists of multiple connected spherical photo panoramas that users can …