The People vs. the Staten Island Bus Network

Can civic hackers fix the sprawling borough's bus system? Kennett Werner reports on the first-ever Staten Island Bus Hackathon.

Ventilation Goes Vegetal: CASE's Plant-Based Air Filtration System

Jason Vollen walks us through the many processes and benefits — health, environmental, and economic — behind the installation of novel plant wall technology in the City's new Bronx-based Public Safety Answering Center.

Made in SI: Inside the Staten Island MakerSpace

DB Lampman of the Staten Island MakerSpace lays out its role in fostering creative ventures in the borough as significant real estate development reshapes the North Shore.

Old Maps, New Tricks: Digital Archaeology in the 19th-Century City

Leah Meisterlin and Gergely Baics demonstrate how mining data embedded in historical maps is opening new seams in experimental urban research.

Profiles in Public Service

The Anatomy of Emergency

James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the NYC Office of Emergency Management, dissects the process by which data turns into emergency response and reminds us that effectiveness in a crisis requires long-term planning supported by accurate information.

Urban Omnibus Writing Competition: Common Shares

A Shared Life

Presenting the second of two runners-up in our Common Shares writing competition: Yen Ha brings us the story of a pair of strangers navigating the extremes of the sharing economy.

Profiles in Public Service

The Analytics of Fire

Jeffrey Roth, the Assistant Commissioner for Management Initiatives at the New York City Fire Department, explains how his team is pushing the boundaries of analytics to inform operations and improve government stewardship of public resources.

Cooling Down Steam Heat: A Retrofit for Your Radiator

Marshall Cox, the inventor of a simple way to regulate the temperature of a steam-heated apartment, explains how reducing the energy wasted in aging infrastructure can offer new and important approaches to green technology.