Walking in Phoenix

Walking in Phoenix

 

Culdesac Tempe is poised to become a walking oasis in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Cars are a staple of the concrete, or rather stucco, jungle that Phoenix is purported to be. Before the pandemic struck, a real estate developer bet $170 million on a car-free neighborhood complex with its own retailers. People living there will have to rely on public transit. As a combination of urban life and developed community, Culdesac aims to attract people who want to remain connected to city life while enjoying a car-free environment in their neighborhood. The viability of the project rests on the number of residents – young professionals and empty nesters – it can attract.

 


Video Spotlights: Design of a No Car, No Road Neighborhood

                                 Life in Car-Free Cities


This post is based on The New York Times article, The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood, by C. Dougherty, October 31, 2020, and the YouTube videos, No Car, No Road Neighborhood, by Sam Bur, October 22, 2018, and Carfree Cities: The Gritty Details, by CarfreeCities, February 7, 2012. Continue reading

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Walmart Drone Deliveries Take Off

Walmart Drone Deliveries Take Off

October 5, 2020

Walmart is partnering with drone delivery provider Zipline to make on-demand deliveries of select health and wellness products in the United States in early 2021.  Zipline is known for medical drone operations in Africa.

Walmart also has a pilot project to delivery grocery and household products with automated drones from Flytrex. This is in response to Amazon obtaining FAA approval to test its own Prime Air delivery drones.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Amazon and Walmart’s emerging delivery drone battle escalates with Zipline deal, by Riley de Leon, September 14, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Flystock/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  What additional operations processes will need to be designed to support drone delivery for most companies in the future?

Guidance: Students should readily note what can go wrong with a drone delivery.  What happens if a drone malfunctions along the route?  What happens if someone interferes with the drone’s flight path?  How would Continue reading

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Amazon’s Warehouse Wearables Promote Worker Safety

Amazon’s Warehouse Wearables Promote Worker Safety

July 20, 2020

Amazon is testing a wearable device that will alert warehouse workers when they are violating social distancing rules.  In addition, Amazon is experimenting with cameras equipped with social distancing software to improve safety.

The data collected from these technologies will help with contact tracing if the need arises.  Amazon has already made some workers responsible for monitoring social distancing for warehouses nationwide in an effort to minimize virus spread.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Amazon is testing a wearable device that lights up and beeps when warehouse workers get too close to each other, by Annie Palmer, June 16, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Trio Images/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1.  What are the additional benefits to Amazon by improving worker safety?

Guidance: Students may want to review the Triple Bottom Line and focus on the social and environmental aspects related to this situation, and explore the ergonomics involved in wearing an extra device.  Student discussion should include the ability to keep the Continue reading

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