Bravo To The Coalition!

May 11, 2016

The vibrant and intelligent community-run, community-driven, and community-minded No Tower Coalition has reached two important milestones this week.

  • First, it is the one year anniversary of their beginning; it was founded around a kitchen table and now encompasses the width and breadth of Grandview;
  • Two, their petition opposing a massive tower at Commercial & Venables broke through the 4,000 signature barrier on Saturday, and has raced on to 4,100

Read more about their pro-Kettle community-friendly alternatives for that important corner at their website where you can see their remarkable video and join the thousands of concerned residents who have signed the petition.

Image: Sun Tower

May 11, 2016

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Interacting With Street Furniture

May 11, 2016

Although I don’t have a car, a cell phone, a microwave, or a Facebook account, I am not by any means a luddite; I recognize the value of some technology. A few weeks ago, for example, I published a story about how an advertising billboard in Brazil was being used to attract and kill zika-carrying mosquitoes.

Now, there is this: street furniture that can interact with the deaf, the blind, the disabled, and others.

I think this is a marvellous idea and I would encourage its further development.

[Note; I recognize the possibilities for control and tracking inherent in such a system, but we should not allow one’s totalitarian paranoia to get in the way of systems that can seriously help people]