Happy New Year

It is now 2006 the world over. 2005 was good for us at VerySpatial, lots of downloads, lots of visitors (from many countries), we will be posting our 500th blog entry tomorrow, and celebrating our 1/2 year podcast in a couple of weeks!

We have had a great 2005 and are looking forward to another great year in 2006.

Gentrification in Toronto

Gentrification, which is basically the re-development of older urban neighborhoods into more upscale retail, professional and residential space, is an important area of study in urban geography and often a controversial issue in many cities. A recent article on the Toronto Star website discusses some of the issues surrounding gentrification in Toronto, Canada. I think a lot of the themes in this article could apply to many cities around the world.

Sometimes you just gotta get out and drive it…

Here’s an interesting article in Wired about keeping all of these online GIS databases fresh. As they point out, sometimes you just have to send someone out to drive the route and see what’s out there. Electronic methods are great but they only take you so far.

I think the most interesting quote is on the first page: “our version of finding a brave new world. We’ll drive it until it connects to some point (already) in the database.”

Via Wired

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

It’s good to hear that, even though the current US administration has failed to support the Kyoto Protocol, individual US states are at least trying to do something to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. One such effort is the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. The initiative was started by New York’s governor in 2003, and on December 20, 2005, the seven states announced an agreement to implement the initiative to stabilize and eventually reduce carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2009. I know that other states and cities are also working on similar efforts, so I will try to blog those as well.