Feb 16, 2011
We're slowly putting HQ2 together after a horde of 40 urbanists, developers, writers and city administrators (btw what collective noun would be better here—a murmuration of urbanists? a obstinacy of developers? a labour of writers? a complication of city administrators?) descended on the studio for the first City Tracking: Data and Cities conference.
I had a grand time, and hope others did as well. Everything went off without a hitch, we had some surprise visitors from the City of San Francisco ("you can have that data, but it's going to take 40,000 subpoenas to get it" was one of the more memorable lines), Deborah and Julie ran the whole thing like a well-oiled machine, and the place looked strange and new, like a proper conference with flowers on the tables and everything!
Jordan Salinger and Colleen McHugh from SPUR were on hand recording everything and did a masterful job tweeting during the event, and #citytracking had some interesting traffic as well. We're collating that material now & hope to have something special to distribute soon.