Smart City Citizens 

How can we collectively make good decisions about Smart City Projects?

The cost of sensors, algorithms, and databases stedily decline, giving cities new capabilities to address problems of energy use, traffic, pollution, crime, economic development, and social justice.

These capabilities often vary by neighborhood, and decisions about which areas gain resources and which neighborhoods are subject to intensified surveillance emerge, putting issues of equity and justice at the center of decision making.

And because different groups in a city have different experiences, values, perspectives, and visions for the future, they have insights that ought to inform descision making beyond the perspective of technical experts.

We are creating this resource so that decision makers have a broader set of resources to draw upon to inform choices. The liberal arts offers sophisticated frameworks for representing identity, assessing justice, and balancing diverse kinds of values. We want to make this knowledge usable for Smart City decision makers.


Our Michigan Ave





This website is your place to learn about the major developments that will reshape East Lansing and Lansing. How will these projects improve our community? How can you have a voice in this future? This website is your place to learn and share about the life of Michigan Avenue, a commercial corridor that runs through Lansing and East Lansing, Michigan.

Mapping the Network of the Clinical Trial

This is a project borne of two rhetoricians interfacing with the health care system at the same time. I had just completed a frontline clinical trial to treat Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dawn Opel had just begun a faculty fellowship in residence at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. Cancer clinical trial participation is one context within health care in which this is especially profound, and with deleterious consequences for many. Clinical trial participation, including cancer clinical trial participation, is an area of healthcare marred by health inequity which we mapped through my experience deciding to pursue a frontline clinical trial.

EL 2030





The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU has invited architects, landscape architects, and urban designers from across the country to join us in envisioning a future East Lansing. East Lansing 2030: Collegeville Re-Envisioned will run through April 26, 2015, at the Broad Art Museum. Each month a new designer will present their past work and ideas as a discussion of themes as they relate to East Lansing. The designers developed speculative projects set in East Lansing culminating in this exhibition of the completed designs. This site is dedicated to creating meaningful connections between those visions and the short-term decisions negotiated by the East Lansing community.

The Ave

Greater Lansing is experiencing an unprecedented arts and creativity rebirth. Nearly one in ten residents now work in creative fields. Total arts and culture nonprofits eclipse most other U.S. cities and are on par with Seattle, Washington. Our food system, folk scene and immigrant entrepreneurial communities are innovating substantially and gaining national interest.

Yet few visitors, commuters, students and even residents know it. In other words our funk, our creativity, our sass, diversity and, yes, our richness has remained a secret for far too long. Our goal with The Ave? Let the secret out – on the street, on our phones, on the web – one story at a time.

Urban Communication Blog

This is the official weblog of the Urban Communication Foundation. It is devoted to the ongoing discussion of the intersection between urban form, technology and communication.