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EPA Drops More Civil Rights Investigations

A lawsuit that halted an investigation in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ is having a chilling impact on other environmental justice cases.

February 2 - Word In Black

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Newark Holds First Round of Lottery for $1 Houses

A program aimed at boosting local homeownership offers city residents entry into a lottery to purchase city-owned properties for $1.

February 2 - ABC7 Eyewitness News

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How a National Zoning Atlas Can Clarify a Legal Patchwork

A massive effort is underway to compile local zoning regulations and other laws that impact how and where housing is built.

February 1 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Berkeley Bus Bench Activists Shame City Into Action

Two residents are building and placing wooden benches at bus stops that lack seating. The city has replaced at least one with a permanent bench.

February 1 - Next City

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Nebraska Considers State Zoning to Increase Housing Density

The bills would require cities to adopt zoning regulations to allow duplexes and ADUs.

February 1 - Unicameral Update

55 miles per hour speed limit sign.

A Long-Lost Federal Speed Limit Rule Would Save Thousands of Lives

After the federal government set maximum highway speed limits at 55 miles per hour, states spent decades undermining the rule.

February 1 - Streetsblog USA

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Revitalizing Suburban Office Space

Suburban office buildings are also losing tenants, but face some unique challenges compared to their urban counterparts.

February 1 - Governing

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Austin Freeway Expansion Fight Continues

Opponents of the project have filed another lawsuit in hopes of halting the widening of Interstate 35.

February 1 - KUT

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Walkability Report Ranks NYC #1; Others May Surprise You

More surprising entries on the list include Houston and Los Angeles.

February 1 - Spectrum News 1

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How Hot Will 2024 Get?

Experts predict summer temperatures could surpass 2023’s record heat waves, prompting cities to plan mitigation measures.

February 1 - Smart Cities Dive

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Report: Just 7 Percent of Homes for Sale Affordable to Black Households

The affordability crisis continues to impact American households across the board, with 16 percent of listings affordable to the average household.

January 31 - Yahoo Finance

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Judge Halts Permits for Beverly Hills Home Renovations Over Lack of Affordable Housing

The city is two years late in developing a housing plan that is compliant with state laws.

January 31 - Los Angeles Times

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Minnesota Awards Active Transportation Grants

The grants are aimed at helping cities create action plans for improving their bike and pedestrian networks.

January 31 - KEYC News Now

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Chicago Rail Will Allow Bikes on All Trains

Metra will make its Covid-era bike policy permanent and install bike racks to accommodate more bikes on train cars.

January 31 - Streetsblog Chicago

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How To Limit Urban Noise

Environmental noise can pose serious health risks ranging from sleep disruptions to higher blood pressure.

January 31 - Strong Towns

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Church Housing Movement Takes Hold in Virginia

A Richmond-based congregation plans to build over 200 units on its property, and a proposed state law could lead to more projects like it.

January 31 - Next City

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Boston Cap Park Closer to Reality

The proposed Dorchester Greenway would create a new linear park above part of the Red Line subway.

January 31 - The Architect's Newspaper

Aerial view of suburban Fremont, California.

California Housing Advocates Closely Watching Bay Area Rezoning Deadline

California’s reaction to cities that fail to submit compliant zoning plans could reverberate across the state as other regions near their deadlines.

January 30 - CALmatters

San Francisco, California

Climate Change Concerns Rising Among Americans

More Americans than ever agree climate change is happening—but fewer agree on what to do about it.

January 30 - NBC News

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Phoenix Light Rail Extension Opens Two Years Early

Valley Metro’s Northwest light rail extension brings the Phoenix light rail system to a total of 30 miles.

January 30 - ABC 15 (Phoenix)

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