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Redlined Neighborhoods Suffer More From Extreme Heat

The recent heat wave in the Pacific Northwest highlighted how historical inequities still affect the health and well-being of low-income and marginalized communities.

July 23 - Atmos

Yosemite Shuttle

The Importance of Transit to Parks and Trails

Learn about efforts from across the country to expand access to public lands via public transit.

July 23 - Next City

SEPTA bus

Opinion: Give Students Free SEPTA Rides All Week Long

Philadelphia's student passes cut off at 8 p.m. and don't include weekends, but expanding the free fare program could help SEPTA rebuild ridership and create lifelong transit users.

July 23 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

201 Ellicott Street under construction in September 2020.

Buffalo Development Will Feature the City's First Mobility Hub

The project, which is located near light rail and bus stations, will also include a ride hailing zone, bike parking, and improved pedestrian facilities.

July 23 - Next City

Rendering of Broadway Corridor redevelopment project

'Unprecedented' Portland Community Benefits Agreement Prioritizes Racial Equity

The Broadway Corridor CBA is designed to create high quality jobs, housing, and opportunities for historically excluded communities.

July 22 - The Brookings Institiution

Smart City

Report: Cities Falling Behind on Security and Accessibility in 'Smart City' Tech

While cities around the world are introducing tech tools to improve services and increase their efficiency, many have failed to implement appropriate privacy and security protocols.

July 22 - Smart Cities Dive


House in Tucson, Arizona

More Western Cities Approve ADUs to Help Relieve Housing Crisis

Proponents of 'granny flats' say they can alleviate housing shortages and help families keep their homes, but others worry that the programs don't do enough to target low- and middle-income property owners.

July 22 - High Country News

Glen Canyon Dam

Colorado River Dams Could Stop Producing Hydropower

Officials are releasing water from upstream reservoirs as water levels in the river's major reservoirs fall to historic lows.

July 22 - KUNC


Denver, Colorado

Study: Housing First is a Success in Denver

Results from five years of Denver's Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative show that people and communities benefit from a 'Housing First' approach to homelessness.

July 22 - Urban Institute

Police

Research: Traffic Stops Don't Stop Traffic Deaths

A comprehensive study using data from 33 states shows no significant correlation between police stops and reduced crash rates.

July 22 - Streetsblog USA

Manhattan Retail

Too Much Commercial Zoning for Affordable Housing in SoHo's Controversial Rezoning Plan?

Mayor Bill de Blasio is crossing the finish line of his time in office at the same time as one of the most controversial rezoning processes of his administration.

July 22 - New York Post

COVID-19 Eviction Crisis

How to Speed Up Rental Assistance Distribution

With the eviction moratorium set to expire soon, states and localities must do more to streamline the application process and get federal assistance dollars into the hands of renters facing eviction.

July 22 - Urban Wire

Manhattan

Big Cities Aren't as Bad as People Think

Paul Krugman argues that the pervasive myth of cities as crime-ridden cesspools harms democracy and creates a false contrast between urban and small-town America.

July 21 - New York Times

San Francisco Parklet

San Francisco Supervisors Vote to Keep Parklets, Close Them at Night

The pandemic-era outdoor seating arrangements can stay, but a last-minute amendment lets business owners close them overnight.

July 21 - San Francisco Chronicle

Los Angeles Sunset

Los Angeles County Gets a C+ on Sustainability Report Card

UCLA released a report about how land use, biodiversity, and looming environmental threats affect the health and well-being of Los Angeles County residents.

July 21 - UCLA Newsroom

Tall buildings in Downtown Phoenix.

Arizona's Tallest Building Will Soon Be Vacant

The tallest building in the Grand Canyon State will enter a new era.

July 21 - KJZZ

Woman Walking London

Women Avoid Walking Due to Fear of Assault, Survey Says

A global survey shows that women around the world overwhelmingly cite fear of assault as the top reason for avoiding walking.

July 21 - Streetsblog USA

Commute

Remote Work Won't Radically Change Where We Work

As tech firms like Apple expand their satellite offices and remote work opportunities, economists and work experts debate just how much the dispersal made possible by remote work will be held in check by the forces of agglomeration.

July 21 - NPR

Waterplace Park

Providence Plans Ambitious Public Space Makeover

Take a virtual tour of the new public spaces proposed in the Providence Unified Vision Plan.

July 21 - The Architect's Newspaper

LaGuardia Airport

FAA Approves Circuitous, Controversial LaGuardia AirTrain Proposal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, almost driven out of office by scandal earlier this year, has won a legacy project six years in the making.

July 21 - The New York Times

Tongass National Forest

The (Nearly) Glacial Timescale of Planning

Planners are used to taking a few years to develop plans, and maybe a few more for development to take hold. For some of California's biggest projects, it's more about decades than years.

July 20 - California Planning & Development Report

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