You don’t need to pray for LA.
Houston struggles to save the Astrodome, London vows to make biking safer, L.A. sees light rail successes, and San Francisco mounts a shitty campaign for its sewers. It's Christmastime in the city for this week's urban reads.
We all know that social media is the criminal's worst enemy. But this summer, a group of researchers are collaborating with police to test software that can reliably predict whether a person is part of a gang based on their social networks, building on similar software used to track insurgents in Afghanistan.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
London may have the most Twitter accounts in the world, but New York City residents tweet more than anyone else in the world. This little factoid from Sysomos was recently dredged up in a NY Times op-ed piece.
France really does have the best thieves. This time, a group of bandits known as the "vacuum gang" has on a 15-store robbing spree using nothing but a drill and a powerful vacuum cleaner. It's Mission Impossible meets Martha Stewart.
Could those two things be related somehow? Indeed, the turf war between gangs in New York has spilled over into twitter, where they often use the service to trash talk rival gangs and plan attacks.
Hey you jailkeepers, you know how the inmates been asking about keeping harmless little pigeons around? Well, it's a con: They're using them to smuggle in cellphones.