If you need to tip a street busker with your smartphone, find a parking space, or see how long it will be before you can get a seat at Galatiores, New Orleans' tech leaders have made sure there's an app for that.
After the first decade of the century saw the United States' share of global-travel spending plummet from 17.2% to just 11.6%, Congress is initiating a new marketing campaign to give America a makeover.
That map you see above isn't a picture of the earth, seen from space. Rather, it's a map of the locations attached to every tweet and Flickr photo. What results is a remarkable picture of how each service has spread across the globe.
The maps were created by Eric Fischer, who is something of a mapping savant: Previously, he created these amazing maps of racial segregation and these maps of Flickr geotags. But this time, there's a new level of insight and richness that results from mapping Flickr and Twitter against each other.
"Is it voyeuristic to look at poverty, or worse to ignore its existence? It's a difficult question," says Ko Koens, co-organizer of this Bristol, U.K., conference that plumbs the murky ethics of slum tourism. The practice has gained recent popularity, thanks to films such as City of God and Slumdog Millionaire. After studying slums around Cape Town, South Africa, Koens argues that when done correctly, slum tourism can bring a welcome boost to the local economy.
Most metropolis' are so busy building the future that they don't have time to re-think the past. Not so with Seoul, South Korea. In 2003, the city demolished a downtown freeway to restore an ancient stream that once flowed beneath the thoroughfare. More than 75% of the scrap material from the demolition was re-used to reconstruct and rehabilitate the stream banks and create a commercial corridor. In this episode of e2, we'll see how the Cheonggyecheon is now a thriving tourist destination, proving that going backward can sometimes lead to an even bigger step forward.
Most metropolis' are so busy pushing toward the future that they don't have time to re-think the past. Not so with Seoul, South Korea. In 2003, the city demolished a downtown freeway to restore an ancient stream that once flowed beneath the thoroughfare.