Back in February, my storied predecessor Nicole Ferraro made a great start on listing future city-related Twitter feeds with a top 10 on transportation. It's time to spread the net wider -- and, hey, let's crowdsource this. Here are some of the feeds which I'm making a meal of, but -- please -- let's have more suggestions in the message thread below.
Some conurbations catch my attention because they're either so big or so important; and/or that's where Future Cities correspondents live; and/or there are good Anglophone sources of news. New York City, London, Dublin, and Barcelona of course. And we'll always have Paris. Does anyone have good sources for Tokyo, Shanghai, or Dubai?
Forget Donald Trump. Someone who's a household name within the city, but hardly known outside it, is Pat Kiernan, indefatigable host of New York 1's morning news show for 20 years. @patkiernan is an always-interesting voice of sanity.
For business, property, and general news, in addition to the Times' various feeds, @CrainsNewYork.
And a couple of institutions well worth tracking: the Municipal Arts Society (@MASNYC), and the Museum of the City of New York (@MuseumoftheCityofNY).
For a general look at the city, minute by minute, Everything London (@LDN). For something slightly more official, but still deeply eccentric (thanks to its user, Boris Johnson) @Mayorof London. On the famous "square mile," @CityofLondon.
A heavy Twitter user, and a smart, funny source for all kinds of UK and European news, the BBC's Political Correspondent, Robert Peston (@Peston).
Keep up-to-date on Dublin's much touted smartness at the official Digital Dublin feed (@digidublin), or for broader technological engagement, @CodeforDublin.
For clued-in coverage of daily life in the city, heavy tweeting Irish culture maven Darragh Doyle (@darraghdoyle), or the hip @lecooldublin.
If you're looking for an individual voice on sustainability and smart city issues, you could do worse than Mark Bennett (@BennettDublin), Green Business Officer on the city council.
Barcelona and Paris
How's your French? Come to that, how's your Catalan? I like @TheLocalFrance -- French news in English, with plenty of Paris content. @ParisUpdate mainly aggregates links, but it favors English.
Barcelona's official channel is multi-lingual, but English tweets are plentiful: @barcelona_cat. Less English content at Barcelona Smarty City (@barcelonasmartc). And of course there are hundreds of Twitter feeds about the soccer club.
Okay everyone: over to you. And feel free to post your own Twitter feed details too (@UBMFutureCities).
Re: Taking Shanghai's pulse Although the twitter feeds do often bring new or sometimes even exciting info to followers I wonder if in almost all cases it's "preaching to the choir." The usual follower is already on board with the poster and maybe the energy to produce the twits is not as effective as one would think? And needless to say, journalists may be the only "objective" readers of some of these tweets?
Biking LA Don't forget the quarterly (possibly soon to be monthly) Sunday bike ride event here in Los Angeles, CicLAvia, which you can follow at @CicLAvia. These folks are doing more to reclaim the soul of LA than any government agency or department.
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