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soundTransit is an online collaborative project that collects sound recordings from different places around the world. Users are then able to “book” audio trips to various destinations and pick itineraries that allow them to listen to sound samples from different “stopovers”. soundTransit is one of a number of projects that focus on the idea that sound is an important way of defining place. So check it out, book a trip and listen to sounds from around the world, or even add a recording of your own.

Podcast feed issue fixed

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I am not sure anyone even noticed, but after I upgraded to WordPress2.0 last night the podcast feed was fine until it decided the cached copy had been around too long and looked for a new copy and found a bad page.  Everything is back up and running as far as I can tell.  Overall, the upgrade to WP2 was great, remembering that I customized the feed for no real reason, not so great 🙂

Happy New Year

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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

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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…

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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