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City planning and preventing sprawl

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Cities must choose: ticky tacky houses or urban sprawl.

Smart and dumb cities
Kottke tips us to photos that show what the housing boom and bust really look like, on the ground.

City Fix has details on a new report about sprawl, from CEOs for Cities.

Rust Wire questions the wisdom of abandoning large parts of cities where population has declined.

The Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs has written about IBM's Smarter Cities project a couple of times.  Now Infrastructurist points us to the project's new simulation game, where players make cities more efficient.

For those who are job hunting,  Mashable brings us alternatives to the paper resume.  

Question and answer
For anyone who's ever been disappointed by Cha Cha or Yahoo Answers, TechCrunch introduces us to Quora [sign-up required].  You've got questions, they've got answers.

Apps for education
Mashable tells us that Google has convinced a number of organizations in education in New York to use Google apps:

The New York Institute of Technology, New York State Teacher Centers, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, the New York State teacher unions and New York State professional organizations, will all offer Google Apps access, training and support to 697 public school districts, as well as all non-public and charter schools, across New York. This deal will give 3.1 million students access to Google Apps for Education—including Gmail, Docs, Sites and Calendar.

The future
This morning we blew in a couple of Carnegie Mellon researchers who teamed up with robots on the human-versus-machines debate.  Now we bring you a start-up that wants to use those same machines (or at least websites) to predict the future.  From Technology Review:

A search for information about drug company Merck, for example, generates a timeline showing not only recent news on earnings but also when various drug trials registered with the website clinicaltrials.gov will end in coming years. Another search revealed when various news outlets predict that Facebook will make its initial public offering.

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