University of East Anglia: New App Allows Users To Explore How Global Warming Changes Their Cities’ Climate

University of East Anglia: New App Allows Users To Explore How Global Warming Changes Their Cities’ Climate . “A new mobile app allows people to explore how global warming will affect the future climate of their towns and cities. Developed by EarthSystemData Ltd with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the free to download ‘ESD Research’ app enables anyone anywhere to access the latest temperature and rainfall projections from the world’s top six most scientifically respected climate models.”

LMT Online: Small towns may be on COVID ‘red alert’ with low number of cases

LMT Online: Small towns may be on COVID ‘red alert’ with low number of cases. “In mid-October, Connecticut’s public health department unveiled a new tool devised to help communities keep tabs on the spread of COVID-19: A color-coded map that has levels tied to recommended actions for areas with greater caseload rates. If a city or town moves to a red alert level — indicating it has a rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 people daily on average over 14 days — for example, the state recommends they consider placing restrictions on business capacity, event capacity and weigh remote learning options for schools.”

StateScoop: Minneapolis’ new website ‘turns us all into data scientists,’ CIO says

StateScoop: Minneapolis’ new website ‘turns us all into data scientists,’ CIO says. “Minneapolis DataSource contains dashboards for four categories of public data, including elections, public health, community safety, and housing and development. But [city CIO Fadi] Fadhil said the city is working to include more categories and dashboards through ‘constant automation’ of data collection around the city.”

Analytics India: Google Open-Sources Kartta Labs That Virtually Reconstructs Historical Maps

Analytics India: Google Open-Sources Kartta Labs That Virtually Reconstructs Historical Maps. “Recently, Google Research has open-sourced a platform that can reconstruct historical cities in 3D visualisation, known as Kartta Labs. The platform is a modular and scalable designed scalable system for virtually reconstructing cities from historical maps and photos.”

Argus Leader: South Dakota mayors ask citizens to do their part against COVID-19

Argus Leader: South Dakota mayors ask citizens to do their part against COVID-19. “The mayors of South Dakota’s largest cities have written an open letter to the citizens of the state, asking that they do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The letter, signed by 16 mayors including Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken and released through the South Dakota Municipal League, says they ‘have come together to bring you a united message concerning the COVID pandemic in our state.'”

WBEZ: COVID-19 Is Changing The Way Some Planners Think About How To Design And Develop Cities

WBEZ: COVID-19 Is Changing The Way Some Planners Think About How To Design And Develop Cities. “Cities around the world want to reimagine how businesses rebound amid economic devastation and find a way for society to go car-free. Urbanism in the time of coronavirus is a hot Twitter topic among urbanists. For others, the elite nature of who cities serve could change with the pandemic, opening up conversations around equity, say some experts.”

Intelligent Transport: ITDP reveals new tools to improve transit inclusivity and city walkability

Intelligent Transport: ITDP reveals new tools to improve transit inclusivity and city walkability. “The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has revealed Pedestrians First – a guide and set of online tools to aid urban planners and city officials in assessing inclusivity of their cities’ transit systems as well as the walkability of their neighbourhoods and streets. The guide includes walkability data for nearly 1,000 metropolitan areas around the world, which users can explore in an interactive map. ITDP says this is the first-ever worldwide analysis to measure walkability in cities globally.”

NBC News: Mayor of Tennessee city that hosts Bonnaroo dies of Covid-19 at 79

NBC News: Mayor of Tennessee city that hosts Bonnaroo dies of Covid-19 at 79. “The mayor of a small town in Tennessee that hosts the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival died Monday of Covid-19, officials said. He was 79…. Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman was hospitalized earlier this month before dying ‘after a valiant fight against COVID-19,’ the city said in a Facebook post Monday.”

New York Times: The Virus Sent Droves to a Small Town. Suddenly, It’s Not So Small.

New York Times: The Virus Sent Droves to a Small Town. Suddenly, It’s Not So Small.. “Mr. Bushee is one of the half-dozen or so people who run the town of Winhall, with a year-round population, before Covid-19, of 769. He is a cranky dude. That is his brand. At the entrance to his compound, above the sign that warns his fellow residents that they cannot enter after 3:50 NO EXCEPTION, he has affixed a demented-looking baby doll, blank-eyed and with one hand replaced by a plastic fork.”

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks. “The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to stemming the virus. To encourage users to wear masks when in public, this first-of-its-kind Snapchat augmented reality lens deploys new technology that only allows the user to unlock the lens when they put on a mask.”

Northwest Florida Daily News: Does your community pass muster? New website ranks counties, cities in Florida

Northwest Florida Daily News: Does your community pass muster? New website ranks counties, cities in Florida. “A $117,000 website that grades and lets people compares cities and counties based on spending, crime and education was rolled out by the state House this week. House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said in a press release the new Taxpayer Accountability & Transparency Project… ‘gives residents a useful tool to help them make educated judgments and hold their elected officials accountable.'”

‘We don’t have the resources:’ Small Alabama communities reeling from COVID-19 surge (WKRN)

WKRN: ‘We don’t have the resources:’ Small Alabama communities reeling from COVID-19 surge. “Small towns in Alabama are feeling the effects of COVID-19, especially in terms of revenue and the ability to provide the same level of services to citizens. In the town of Altoona, Mayor Richard Nash said he has several employees who are out with the virus or awaiting a test result.”

New York Times: Coronavirus Threatens the Luster of Superstar Cities

New York Times: Coronavirus Threatens the Luster of Superstar Cities. “The pandemic threatens the assets that make America’s most successful cities so dynamic — not only their bars, museums and theaters, but also their dense networks of innovative businesses and highly skilled workers, jumping among employers, bumping into one another, sharing ideas, powering innovation and lifting productivity.”

Exclusive: White House Privately Warns 11 Cities Must Take “Aggressive” Action Against Coronavirus (Center for Public Integrity)

Center for Public Integrity: Exclusive: White House Privately Warns 11 Cities Must Take “Aggressive” Action Against Coronavirus. “Dr. Deborah Birx, a leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, warned state and local leaders in a private phone call Wednesday that 11 major cities are seeing increases in the percentage of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 and should take ‘aggressive’ steps to mitigate their outbreaks. ”

Digital Library of Georgia: Digitization of materials documenting the beginning of Peachtree City, Georgia are now available freely online

Digital Library of Georgia: Digitization of materials documenting the beginning of Peachtree City, Georgia are now available freely online. “New online records that describe the history of Peachtree City, Georgia, one of the country’s most successful post-World War II ‘new towns,’ are now available for researchers in the Digital Library of Georgia.”