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On Volcanoes, Telecommunications and Travel Substitution

Over the last week, as the sudden eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano disrupted air travel throughout Europe, many people and organizations fell back to the dense and multi-functional communications web that has grown up between cities and continents over the last 20 years. Cisco and other companies with a big commercial stake in a rapid expansion of videoconferencing heralded the arrival of a new paradigm in business "travel".

The Mall in America

In "Rethinking the Mall", former Dwell Editor-in-Chief Allison Arieff reports on her experience at the 2009 International Council on Shopping Centers, and a number of the ideas she brings up strike me as examples of exactly the type of thinking needed in order to confront some of the looming problems of retail in America. - Leveraging Web 2.0 for Smarter Cities

Here in New York City, there is an incredibly popular burger stand in Madison Square Park called The Shake Shack. It's one of the touchpoints for Silicon Alley, and a great meet-up spot. The problem is that its usually insanely crowded, with an hour-long line stretching well across the park.

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