In today’s buzz, drones take care of your pets, Chatanooga says it’s “Literally Perfect,” and firefighters solve problems without firearms. This buzz is brought to you by scary bunnies.
What I’m Listening to – my ‘Dope Cova Sawngs’ playlist
What I’m Watching – Grand Designs on Netflix
What I’m Doing – hanging out with family and eating lamb
- Uber lost $2.8 billion last year: Uber’s gross bookings for 2016 hit $20 billion, more than doubling from the year prior, according to financial figures the company provided to Bloomberg. Its net revenue, after drivers took their cut, totaled $6.5 billion for the year.
- IBM Filed a Patent for a Drone That Acts Like a Dogsitter: The next frontier for drones could involve using them to watch over your pet while you’re at work.
- Police: Suspect kills victim on Facebook Live: Police say a man killed someone on Facebook Live Sunday and a manhunt is underway. The suspect broadcast the killing on Facebook Live, police said, and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified.
- China and the Legend of Ivanka: The Times, in a recent article probing Ivanka’s popularity in China, reported that the First Daughter has been compared to a goddess, and she does, in certain ways, fulfill the image of the consummate Westerner in the Chinese imagination: regal, poised, resplendently golden.
- You Talk, We Listen: Digital Upgrade
- Weekly Update: Digital, Professional, Venture, Membership
- Out of the Land of Jefferson (Updated: 4/16 at 10:43 am)
- #ELGL17: What’s Going On with Kristin Youngmeyer, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
- TIL About Detroit… Detroit can see Canada from its house!
- TIL About Detroit… Detroit is the Birthplace of Motown
- Twitter Book Club: The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerilla Government – April 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am
- Oakland, CA Supper Club: April 26
- Conference: #ELGL17 – May 11 & 12 Detroit, MI
- A Ridiculous City-Branding Campaign We Can Get Behind: In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the city’s PR geniuses figured out that if people are going to roll their eyes, it’s best to be in on the joke.
- Palo Alto shows that even small cities can be smart cities: Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental says his city’s innovation agenda can serve as a model for other small jurisdictions around the country that want to expand their project repertoires.
- Editorial: Don’t stop half way on road funding: The vast majority of the 150 members of the Indiana General Assembly are by nature reluctant to raise taxes — no matter the reason.
- Yes, ‘govtech’ can change the way cities function: In recent years, Paris has distinguished itself as a leader in experimenting with digital tools for citizen participation — what have come to be known as “civic tech” or “govtech”. In 2014, the city went so far as to commit to bring together digital technologies and citizen participation in a new vision of how to build a city that will be both “smart” and “sustainable” by 2020.
- Portland’s new crime map shows how far data transparency has come: Cities once merely dumped their data online without a plan. Today, portals like this one are shaping policy and guiding grander designs in community engagement and policing.
- Inside Boston’s Bus Revamp: Unlike Houston, which completely redrew bus routes across its sprawling grid all at once, the T will take a piece-by-piece approach on the city’s winding roads.
- Business owners fired up over paid parking plan in up-and-coming neighborhood: Businesses in an up-and-coming Cincinnati neighborhood are fired up over a plan to start charging for parking in its business district.
- Deficit in Dallas: How One of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Ended Up With Billions in Debt: Dallas has enjoyed enormous success in recent years. Texas’ third-largest city has seen the fastest job growth of any major metropolitan area in the country, as well as the second-fastest population growth. But despite its good fortune, Dallas has created a huge problem for itself — one so big that even bankruptcy isn’t off the table.
- Arizona congressman sues Trump administration over border wall: Raúl Grijalva of Arizona joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay any construction for several years.
- Where Are the Most Distracted Drivers? Where Are the Safest?: Midwesterners are the safest drivers, while Northeasterners speed the most and Southern drivers are most likely to use cellphones while driving.
Local Government Confidential
- Episode 2 of the ‘Drinking Wine Talking Tech’ podcast is up! Dr. Jonathan Reichental and Tom O’Malley drink wine and discuss emerging technology from their front seat in Palo Alto, California. A mix of wit, science, and philosophy provides 20 minutes of entertainment and education.
- Your Image of a Firehouse Is Probably Wrong: “We want to solve every problem that doesn’t require a gun,” says Tom Jenkins, the fire chief in Rogers, Ark., and a vice president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
- Taxing the New Economy, Starting With Uber, Lyft: Unlike old-economy taxicab companies, the new ride-hailing services often pay little to none of the license fees or taxes that taxi businesses hand over to cities, counties and states for the right to operate.