NPR Cities http://www.kunc.org en Tech-Savvy Cities May Be 'Smart,' But Are They Wise? http://www.kunc.org/post/tech-savvy-cities-may-be-smart-are-they-wise This summer, NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/155914958/npr-cities">Cities Project</a> has been looking at how cities around the world are solving problems using new technologies. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:03:00 +0000 46919 at http://www.kunc.org Tech-Savvy Cities May Be 'Smart,' But Are They Wise? Police Take Different Approaches To 'The Tyranny Of 911' http://www.kunc.org/post/police-take-different-approaches-tyranny-911 When the 911 phone system was established, it gave citizens a fast, easy way to reach police in an emergency.<p>But it also created a logistical challenge for law enforcement: Police departments get so many calls, 911 can be as much a burden as a boon. Many calls are non-emergencies, and responding can take police away from situations where they're really needed.<p>Some call this "the tyranny of 911," says Chuck Wexler, who runs the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:21:00 +0000 46443 at http://www.kunc.org Police Take Different Approaches To 'The Tyranny Of 911' In More Cities, A Camera On Every Corner, Park And Sidewalk http://www.kunc.org/post/more-cities-camera-every-corner-park-and-sidewalk <em>This report is part of the series <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/155914958/npr-cities">NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century</a>.</em><p>Surveillance cameras, and the sophisticated software packages that go with them, have become big business. Many small- and medium-sized cities across American are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on cameras and software to watch their residents.<p>These systems use some of the same kinds of technology the New York Police Department has deployed in lower Manhattan to catch terrorists. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Steve Henn 46071 at http://www.kunc.org In More Cities, A Camera On Every Corner, Park And Sidewalk High-Tech Sensors Help Old Port City Leap Into Smart Future http://www.kunc.org/post/high-tech-sensors-help-old-port-city-leap-smart-future Aside from the occasional ferry down from England, the old Spanish port city of Santander doesn't get too many foreign visitors. So imagine the locals' surprise when delegations from Google, Microsoft and the Japanese government all landed there recently, to literally walk the streets.<p>What they've been flocking to see is mostly invisible: 12,000 sensors buried under the asphalt, affixed to street lamps and atop city buses. The sensors measure everything from air pollution to where there are free parking spaces. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 07:27:00 +0000 45267 at http://www.kunc.org High-Tech Sensors Help Old Port City Leap Into Smart Future 'Million-Dollar Blocks' Map Incarceration's Costs http://www.kunc.org/post/million-dollar-blocks-map-incarcerations-costs In many neighborhoods, hard truths about day-to-day life — like violent streets or crumbling schools — are readily apparent to residents, but less obvious to city and state officials.<p>Hard data can sometimes bridge that gap, helping policymakers better visualize which communities are doing well, and which may need additional help or resources.<p>The New York-based <a href="http://www.justicemapping.org/">Justice Mapping Center</a> has been providing those kinds of visuals for more than a decade. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 22:14:00 +0000 34526 at http://www.kunc.org 'Million-Dollar Blocks' Map Incarceration's Costs