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The Morning Briefing: Urban planning

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about urban planning.

1.) Using urban planning to reduce mosquito-borne disease. More than 5,000 Australians are struck down with mosquito-borne disease every year, mostly caused by the Ross River or Barmah Forest viruses.

2.) Urban regeneration: Long-term solutions in a flattened economy. While large urban regeneration initiatives can offer opportunities for businesses, there is still much work to be done to ensure that companies take full advantage over the longer term.

3.) A FREE city –- Idealistic or feasible urban planning? A new prototype, dubbed 'FREE City,' by Fernando Romero Enterprise, puts a highly innovative -– and some would say utopic –- spin on modern city planning.

4.) Tampa has bright future ahead with urban planning. A plan unveiled Tuesday by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has hopes to transform Tampa into a "vibrant, livable and sustainable community" with its "Center City" redesigned and revitalized.

5.) Could Twitter help urban planners improve transport networks? As far as data analysis is concerned, Twitter is primarily used for retrospective tracking of sentiment and other social data, but could geolocated Tweets be used to plan for the future?

Bonus: Plans for London's second Tech City to set up in Croydon

Image credit: Tanya Hart

— By on December 2, 2012, 4:58 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure