Friday, January 25, 2008

All Politics Are...

Local politics are very much on my mind these days. For one thing, I've just kicked off a new research project that is looking at the spread of Neighborhood Information Systems across US municipalities. Essentially, I'm trying to figure out why networks of governments, non-profits, and intermediaries in some cities are taking the lead in using mapping technologies to understand community problems and revitalize their neighborhoods, and why networks in other cities are lagging behind. Is it just that larger, wealthier cities are the kinds of places where these technologies prosper and spread? Or are there patterns of communication and leaning that draw organizations in some cities into this growing movement and leave others on the outside?

In the meantime, while I'm ruminating on this stuff in my ivory tower, friends of ours are involved in some real world local politics. Basically, they're trying to influence the way in which a plot of land adjacent to their property is going to be developed. For more information, check out their blog, "Friendly Avenue Rezoning." And if, on the off chance, you or someone you know is in their neck of the Carolina woods, by all means get involved. Here's hoping that the technology of Web 2.0 can make a big difference in this manifestation of Tip O'Neill's famous characterization of politics...

~Steve

2 Comments:

At 11:09 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Friendly Avenue Rezoning is in the news, generating some television coverage. Check out the online story:

http://www.digtriad.com/news/local_state/article.aspx?storyid=96999

Steve

 
At 7:22 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Here's more Friendly Avenue Rezoning in the news:

http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080201/NRSTAFF/851245551/-1/NEWSRECRSSARKIVE

Steve

 

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