Animation of the Street Map Data Commons

OpenStreetMap is an open data project that's peer producing an editable map of the world's streets. Anyone can contribute data and use the data under a Creative Commons license. There all kinds of possible uses of the data for the common good - resource mapping, disaster response, transit optimization, and as the basis for new low cost commercial services. The below is an animation of data submissions during 2008:

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Subway Opera!

From the fascinating New Urbanism video series: "Imagine a graffiti-ridden deserted place suddenly turned into hub of music! Raumlabor Berlin transforms the Eichbaum subway station into an opera house."

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How to Foster Passion on the Job

Q: What’s a good way to acknowledge the individual interests of my employees while continuing to move us forward on our collective goals as an organization?

A: I Love Rewards is a web-based business centered on increasing employee motivation and driving performance, "thus resulting in a win-win situation for employers and employees."

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Is Carsharing Bad for Cities?

 The Transport Politic offers food for thought:

Is car sharing necessary or even a good idea for dense cities where public transit is ubiquitous and where most goods can be bought within walking distance? What are the best modes for service implementation?

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"Be Like a Piazza"

It's still early on a cold March morning that threatens rain, yet Rome's Piazza Navona teems with life. Young men deliver boxfuls of wine, vegetables, San Pellegrino and other provisions to cafes that ring this famous square, as groggy cooks throw back their first espresso of the day. Early-bird tourists, pointing cameras in every direction, document the square and its famous fountain for folks back home.

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How to Share a House: A Case Study

As a companion to her essays "The Slow Homes Manifesto" and "How to Stop Foreclosure through Homesharing," Janelle Orsi offers this nuts-and-bolts case study in the marriage of two households.

The cast:

Household 1: Jane, and her devoted companions, Buck and Savannah, both German Shorthair Pointers.

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How to Stop Foreclosure through Homesharing

Q: What Are Ways that Sharing Home Ownership Can Help Avert Foreclosures?

A: Sharing is one solution to an unforgiving housing crisis, and it may even be a trend. In the past, refinancing or drawing from home equity helped families ride out the financial uncertainty that accompanies a job loss, a divorce, disability, a death in the family, or some other change.

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Orlando Kids Share Their Streets

I have reported on how Florida's dearth of walkable and bike-able streets results in damage to the planet and to human bodies. Ben Fried at Streetsblog wrote a terrific summary of the health and environmental benefits of walkable urbanism (see graph below), as discussed by the experts in Copenhagen.

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Make Your Holiday a Shared Affair

For many, the holidays could be more accurately described as hassledays. People complain of busy schedules and frazzled nerves. We often speed up rather than slow down and end up feeling more isolated and stressed out, buried under shopping and wrapping and planning. And buried under stuff.

But the notion of winter feasting and festival in the popular imagination remains that of goodwill, good spirits and a good time had by all. So, how do we make it more like that?

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