Kristoffer Friis

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The New York Times wisely blocks staff from viewing its desktop homepage

The Grey Lady is changing. She’s becoming a modern woman, one who enjoys a 4.7-inch retina display more than her 28-inch desktop monitor.<p>Over at The New York Times, staffers received an email letting them know the desktop site for The Times — you know, the site they all write for — would be …

Why quality-of-life rankings are bad tools for developing urban policy

<i>Brian Conger is a research associate in the urban policy program at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary</i><p>Another day, another list. We are confronted with city rankings and "listicles" for a host of urban issues – is your city competitive, is it affordable, should you live there …

New York City's Public-Housing Crisis

Many of the city's enormous low-income residences are in need of millions and millions of dollars of repair work. Why are they still standing at all?<p>For a long time, many American cities housed their poorest residents in giant public housing towers that had little going for them except for the fact …

Building the cities of the future with green districts

Better design can make sense aesthetically, environmentally—and economically.<p><b>At the current pace</b> of urbanization, the world’s cities will add 65 …

Sustainability

Deciphering what the next generation of public radio listeners wants through NPR One

The app is letting NPR capture better data than ever on how people listen to audio: “What I want to give people is not just the thing they will tolerate enough that they won’t skip it — but the thing they love.”<p>One of the luxuries of modern life is the ability to listen to just about anything you …

Norm Architects puts a Danish spin on an Italian restaurant interior

Danish studio Norm Architects has pared back the look of a typical Mediterranean interior to create a more Scandinavian aesthetic for this Italian …

Five Cities Growing Sustainable Transportation

<i>Guest post by EarthShare member Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). ITDP works around the world to design and implement high</i> …

8 underground city trips in Europe

City trips are among my favourite journeys. Arriving without a plan or a map, just strolling around, chatting up local folk, asking them for …

The dangers of eco-gentrification: what's the best way to make a city greener?

When construction on New York City’s famous High Line began in 2006, the project to turn a remnant of the industrial age into a post-industrial garden and tourist attraction appeared innovative, but potentially very risky.<p>In fact, having finally opened in 2009, the High Line is now suffering from …

Asia's Booming Cities Most At Risk from Climate Change

Article | 6 May 2015<p>The battle against climate change is likely to be won or lost in Asia's expanding megacities. Asian cities are poised to …

When disgusting goes viral: Strong negative emotions can push social sharing through the roof

In this excerpt from his new book, Alfred Hermida explores the connection between moral violation and Facebook likes.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: Our friend Alf Hermida has a new book out on social media and its implications, <i>Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters</i>. (It actually came out last fall in his …

Incredible Slow-Cooker Breakfasts to Wake Up To

The slow cooker can turn out wonderful morning dishes, whether you're serving a crowd or just want to set yourself up for a week of ready-to-eat …

Slow Cookers

The Upshot uses geolocation to push readers deeper into data

The New York Times story changes its text depending on where you’re reading it: “It’s a fine line between a smarter default and being creepy.”<p>When you’re writing about how place — be that a neighborhood or a city — affects a child’s chances of getting out of poverty, location is obviously central …

Twitter data show that a few powerful users can control the conversation

Twitter advocates like to talk about how Twitter gives everyone a voice. But we should have no illusions that all voices are equal. A Twitter user at the 99th percentile for followers will have 50 times as many as the median Twitter user. This is far more unequal than even the notoriously skewed …

Social Media

It's Never Been This Easy to Find a Great Topographical Map

A new open-access tool from the U.S. Geological Survey lets you browse maps of any place, time, or scale.<p>The cartography arm of the U.S. Geological Survey has been on an open-access roll. First they send their constantly updating stream of satellite imagery to what's basically a public dropbox, so …

Whether or Not Millennials Are Buying Cars Is Beside the Point

Some will, some won't—it shouldn't change how cities adjust their transportation policies.<p>The ongoing discussion about Millennial car interest has been treated, rather strangely, as a zero sum game—as if anyone either always drives or never drives, with no behavior in between. So we get a somewhat …

Generation X

9 Mexican Recipes Perfect for the Slow Cooker

Between the quick hustle of the food truck and the casual fun of make-your-own taco get togethers, it’s easy to forget that the process behind making …

Cooking

28 social media management tools rated, scored, and reviewed (study)

Global hotel chain Hyatt tweets 1,600 times a week. Chevrolet tweets 4,300 times each week. But American Airlines makes that little blue bird sing loudest, tweeting an astonishing 6,400 times every single week.<p>How do they do it? And why?<p>To answer those questions and find the best social media …

Social Media

It's About Time New York Solved Its Trash Problem

The city produces a massive amount of waste, none of which is managed very efficiently.<p>On Wednesday, which was also Earth Day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a vision to overhaul the city's garbage disposal and recycling program as a part of his 10-year "OneNYC" plan. He has two big …

This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Step aside, home chefs! The kitchen of the future draws near.<p>No, there's no hydrator from Marty McFly's kitchen in <i>Back to the Future II</i>. Right now, the chef of the future looks like a pair of robotic arms that descend from the ceiling of a very organized kitchen. And it makes a mean crab bisque.<p>As …

Copenhagen's Pioneering Bike Share Program Is Days Away From Being Scrapped

The Danish capital is embroiled in a battle with the company responsible for providing fancy new bikes for the program.<p>In 2013, Copenhagen—a city of ebullient cyclists—launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets—expensive, but …

The U.S. Spends Far More on Homeowner Subsidies Than It Does on Affordable Housing

The real problem with American housing policy.<p>The United States spends more than four times as much on homeowner subsidies as it does on affordable housing for those most in need.<p>That stat comes courtesy a detailed NBER working paper by Robert Collinson and Ingrid Gould Ellen, my colleagues at NYU, …

In Gentrifying Neighborhoods, 'Diversity' Can Be Decorative

Often, it's more a selling point than a social reality.<p>If you look up my D.C. neighborhood on Craigslist or AirBnb, it's often going to be tagged with the word "diverse." Mexican and Salvadoran restaurants are sprinkled around, and you frequently hear Spanish on the streets. Over the last few …

Selling

A short guide to crowdfunding journalism

<i>Seven lessons from our world record breaking campaign with De Correspondent</i><p>In the spring of 2013, we raised 1.7M dollars with a crowdfunding campaign …

What I learned about love during my years of reporting on weddings

<i>Ellen McCarthy wrote the On Love column for The Washington Post for four years, exploring the mysterious nature of love and spending many of her Saturday nights at someone’s wedding. Despite this long disruption to that most favored night for dating, McCarthy, newly single when she started the</i> …

Newsonomics: Are local newspapers the taxi cabs of the Uber age?

Local newspapers still act as if they’re monopolies — despite all the new players eating away at their audiences’ attention. Is there room to adapt?<p>Traveling recently, I found myself needing transport from an offsite car rental facility near Portland’s airport. I called a recommended local taxi …