"Not eating chard. That's what all those weirdos eat at their stupid picnics on the Hungry Ghost lawn." -Nina

September 02, 2007

Links: For Your Holiday Reading

Towns are hyperlocal social networks with data (people that is).

VEGETABLES AND CONCRETE: Urban gardeners are turning vacant lots into profitable produce plots

...findings lend support to the theory that early Mesopotamian cities developed as a result of grassroots organisation...

There and Back Again. The soul of the commuter. [via]

Shanghai? It is well on its way to building the largest urban rail mass transit system in the world.

Northampton's 'Walk Score': 91 out of 100 [via]

How much 'lived experience' does your news site cover?

Speaking of 'lived experience' here is a link to the Wahington Post's 'OnBeing' project. Video interviews with regular citizens, who share their story.

Jeff Jarvis: "The biggest challenge facing local news organizations today is figuring out how they can gather more and produce less. That is, how can they help other people produce, so the news organizations have something worth gathering?"

Journalists: Mobilize your public

Find yourself a nice comfortable niche and sell it like blueberry pancakes. "Many many bonus points if you can find the niche in your town full of people with no outlet, no forum, no place that gets them together to share their experiences: Find the unserved niche in your town. Here’s a hint: If your newspaper isn’t covering it, it’s unserved."

Also via Ryan, "I want to save my favorite stories, right here, at your newspaper.com. Because really, what’s the sense in Digging a story about my neighborhood? There’s no value in that...When I share a local news story, I want to share it with my neighborhood. So why don’t newspapers offer something like a Digg profile, that keeps track of the stories that I save. Then, instead of using a clumsy ‘e-mail this story’ function or copy/pasting an elaborate URL, I could just click the [save this story] button and point my friends to an URL like 'newspaper.com/readers/gort581.'"

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