Wednesday, May 31, 2006

4. Cabspotting and urban planning/design.

I don't remember how I came across this site originally (probably from a link to another, better blog?!?) but I think there is probably an idea hidden in here waiting for someone to uncover it. In their words: "Cabspotting traces San Francisco's taxi cabs as they travel throughout the Bay Area. The patterns traced by each cab create a living and always-changing map of city life. This map hints at economic, social, and cultural trends that are otherwise invisible. The Exploratorium has invited artists and researchers to use this information to reveal these "Invisible Dynamics." I think this is fascinating and the visual footprint of these taxis says a lot about urban planning. Wouldn't it be great to be able to go to a site and click on a taxi and have it pick you up using your computer/mobile...oh wait - I guess you can just call them, eh?

cabspotting brought to you by The Exploratorium

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