University of New Mexico: CSWR restores historic Tomé patent and map. “The town of Tome, best known for its popular El Cerro de Tomé Good Friday pilgrimage, is now celebrating a different historic resurrection. The town map and patent were recently restored and digitized by archivists at the UNM Center for Southwest Research (CSWR), making the 162-year-old-documents available to the world.”
Associated Press: In nation at war with itself, one town tries cup of civility. “That’s the warring America. It plays out in Washington, in decidedly uncivil town meetings across the country and over the airwaves. It infects social media, where people, by their own admission, lose their minds. There’s another, quieter, America, too. It asks about the family. It commiserates about the water bill and shoots the breeze. It’s a place where people who can be Facebook-nasty are face-to-face polite. Often it meets over coffee.”
One of the YouTube channels I subscribe to is called Corridor Crew. The channel’s description is “We run a production studio based upon ingenuity, hard work, and friendship. Watch our ups and downs as professional creators!” Its most recent video was about using LiDAR to scan an entire ghost town. WITH A PHONE. Cerro Gordo is now available to view (and in some cases walk through!) at https://poly.cam/cerro-gordo . I watched most of the backstory video with my jaw on the floor. The progress made by LiDAR scanning apps is unbelievable. If you didn’t realize how far phone-based 3D scanning has come, do yourself a favor and watch the video or visit the ghost town online.
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. “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.”
University of Utah: The rise of ‘Zoom Towns’ in the rural west. “When COVID-19 hit the United States, small towns near ski areas such as Park City, Utah, and Sun Valley, Idaho, experienced some of the highest per capita cases; people from around the world had brought the virus along with their skis. As the coronavirus spread, gateway communities—communities near scenic public lands, national parks, and other outdoor recreational amenities—felt acute economic pressure as the virus forced them to shut down tourist activities. Now, many gateway communities are facing an entirely new problem: a flood of remote workers fleeing big cities to ride out the pandemic, perhaps permanently.”
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.”
The Next Web: This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive. “Tourists may soon be able to explore the picturesque cross-timbered houses and historic churches of Herrenberg via virtual reality (VR), thanks to a digital twin developed with the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS).”