Human Geography

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


Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

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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.


avsp howto videocast

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I am thinking about putting together a series of 5 minute howto videocasts for beginners. These would be screen grabs and voice overs of common computer related activities in Geography such as GIS, RS, stats, and some scripting and entry level programming that could help steer folks in the right direction. What I would like to find out from our readers and listeners are two things:

1) what topics/activities do you think we should cover.
2) does anyone think they would like to submit a howto on a specific topic

If you have any ideas please email me at and we will see how things go. I hope to have a demo episode of what I have in mind up by the middle of January though I don’t think we would go live until February based on the other things going on right now.