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The Overhead Wire Consulting

The Overhead Wire is a consulting firm owned and operated by Jeff Wood in San Francisco California. Jeff’s focus is on sharing information about cities around the world with advocates, elected leaders, researchers, and other interested parties.  The Overhead Wire is also the owner and operator of The Overhead Wire website and newsletter.

Projects include podcasts, news sites, news collection, cartography and data analysis, and research on transit modes and land use strategies. We do work for clients including custom news lists and podcasts.

Previous to The Overhead Wire Jeff was the New Media Director/Chief Cartographer at Reconnecting America and the Center for TOD.  Jeff spent 8 years at Reconnecting America and led data analysis and cartography work as well as research on transit modes.  He was also responsible for upkeep of the best practices database and media properties on the website.  You can see his cartography in the Map Room here and the TOD Best Practices Database here. For a full CV, check out this page.


Origins of The Overhead Wire

In 2006 we started collecting articles of interest for folks in the office. That turned into collecting articles for the Reconnecting America board and then an email list that was shot off to members. The email list has grown now to more than 1,800 and folks who like to receive news articles about issues related to cities.

As the group who wishes to receive the emails continues to grow, we didn’t want to feel like we were spamming people or leaving them out by not making the list available to more people. Additionally, we wanted to be able to archive articles and allow people to search for older news without fumbling back through emails. And if you miss a day, you can find two days at once in each subject area.

The site is called The Overhead Wire because that’s what we hope to do. Transfer information and knowledge to you. We know that sometimes it’s like drinking from a fire hose, but this becomes a window through which we can see what’s going on in cities around the world on any given day. And as busy as we all are, five minutes each morning is all it takes to skim over the list. Happy Reading.


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…the first thing I read every morning is the newsletter to see what’s been out there. It’s great to have an aggregator that pulls everything together so nicely.

Joe Cortright, City Observatory

I think that the email newsletter that you do every morning is the best one that I get, and I get a lot of them.

Mary Newsom, The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

Really is the best daily urban newsletter out there.

Eric Jaffe, Editorial Director Sidewalk Labs


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