Ciscos Lake Nona experiment: A marriage of urban planning and IT

Networking infrastructure company Cisco announced on Tuesday evening that its first “Smart+Connected” city will be the planned community of Lake Nona, Florida which exists inside the city limits of Orlando. The fifteen-year Lake Nona project will be Cisco’s first of nine planned Smart+Connected cities. The company first announced this initiative more than two years ago.The Smart+Connected initiative is Cisco’s experiment with building the communications infrastructure that connects all aspects of a community, from government to health care to education to enterprise to home and beyond. More than simply a communications ecosystem, the initiative is squarely focused on preparing for the nascent “Internet of things” era. This means the project will touch on all of the community-focused communications weve seen developing independently over the last decade: wireless voice and data communications, fiber to the home networks, digital signage, IP video surveillance, “smart grid” energy management, and more than 20 other “smart services” across the entire Lake Nona community.

via Ciscos Lake Nona experiment: A marriage of urban planning and IT.

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We Are All from New Orleans Now: Climate Change, Hurricanes and the Fate of America’s Coastal Cities | The Nation

What is a thousand-mile-wide storm pushing eleven feet of water toward our country’s biggest population center saying just days before the election? It is this: we are all from New Orleans now. Climate change—through the measurable rise of sea levels and a documented increase in the intensity of Atlantic storms—has made 100 million Americans virtually as vulnerable to catastrophe as the victims of Hurricane Katrina were seven years ago.

Arriving atop fantastically warm water and aided by a full foot of sea-level rise during the last century, Hurricane Sandy is just the latest example of climate change’s impact on human society. Unless we rapidly phase out our use of fossil fuels, most Americans within shouting distance of an ocean will—in coming years—live behind the sort of massive levees and floodgates that mark Louisiana today.

via We Are All from New Orleans Now: Climate Change, Hurricanes and the Fate of America's Coastal Cities | The Nation.

Superstorm Sandy shuts down NY’s Indian Point plant; NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear power plant on alert | NJ.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parts of two nuclear power plants were shut down late Monday and early Tuesday, while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level.

One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down Monday because of external electrical grid issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant.

via Superstorm Sandy puts NJ's Oyster Creek nuclear power plant on alert; NY's Indian Point plant shut down | NJ.com.

Resident Warns People Will Be ‘Fighting In The Streets’ For Gas, Food In Sandy Wake « CBS Connecticut

Subways and schools were closed across the region of 50 million people, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange was deserted, and thousands fled inland to await the storm’s fury.As the storm closed in on the mid-Atlantic coast, it washed away an old section of the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and left most of the city’s emptied-out streets under water.The monster hurricane was expected to make a westward lurch and blow ashore in New Jersey on Monday night, combining with two other weather systems — a wintry storm from the west and cold air rushing in from the Arctic — to create an epic superstorm.

via Resident Warns People Will Be ‘Fighting In The Streets’ For Gas, Food In Sandy Wake « CBS Connecticut.

Street lights turned off in their thousands to meet carbon emission targets – Telegraph

U.K. Highway at night

Lights are being turned off on motorways and major roads, in town centres and residential streets, and on footpaths and cycle ways, as councils try to save money on energy bills and meet carbon emission targets. The switch-off begins as early as 9pm.

They are making the move despite concerns from safety campaigners and the police that it would lead to an increase in road accidents and crime.

via Street lights turned off in their thousands to meet carbon emission targets – Telegraph.

Everything Will Be Too Big to Fail – By John Seo | Foreign Policy

How smart is Smart Growth?

Too Big to Fail?

But density has consequences. Cramming more than half the world’s population and production onto a relatively small area of mostly coastal land means that the cost of natural catastrophes of all kinds will rise dramatically. This year’s earthquake in Japan, which caused more than $300 billion in economic damage, was just a preview; a decade and a half from now, a single hurricane or earthquake will come with a potential price tag of $1 trillion or more. Imagine a world in which economic damage equivalent to that caused by a major war or the detonation of a midsized nuclear weapon in a major city could materialize with a warning of only a few days (in the case of a hurricane) or just one second (an earthquake).

via Everything Will Be Too Big to Fail – By John Seo | Foreign Policy.

Brent Toderian: Does Your Neighbourhood Pass ‘Trick-Or-Treat’ Test?

Great neighbourhoods for trick-or-treating also tend to be great neighborhoods for families everyday:

Tree-lined streets designed for walkers more than speeding cars.

Enough density and community completeness, to activate what I call “the power of nearness” – everything you need, nearby.

Good visual surveillance through doors and stoops, windows (and I don’t mean windows in garages), porches and “eyes on the street.”

Connected, legible streets that let you “read” the neighbourhood easily -grids tend to be good for this, but other patterns work too.

All of these are great for trick-or-treating, and equally great for walkable, healthy, economically resilient communities year-round.

via Brent Toderian: Does Your Neighbourhood Pass 'Trick-Or-Treat' Test?.

Suspects liken driving into joggers to playing video game | Fox News

Police in the southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau say two men accused of driving into a group of joggers likened it to playing a video game. Three joggers suffered bumps and bruises Sunday morning when they were struck by a car. Police believe it was intentional.

via Suspects liken driving into joggers to playing video game | Fox News.

Photos: One of America’s ‘Most Extensively Contaminated Water Bodies’ Is Flooding | Observer

While the only serious flooding we saw last night was on 2nd Street, this morning saw waters creeping up almost every block next to the canal near Carroll Gardens. Flooding in the canal is troubling as its a superfund site that is home to extensive industrial activity and has a long, well-deserved reputation as a hotbed of toxic sludge and pollutants. The Environmental Protection Agency describes the canal as “one of the nation’s most extensively contaminated water bodies.”

via Photos: One of America’s ‘Most Extensively Contaminated Water Bodies’ Is Flooding | Observer.

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