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Getting Buy-in for Road Diets From Fire Departments

Proposals to narrow streets often meet resistance from emergency responders concerned about safety and access.

November 29, 2023 - Strong Towns

Self-driving white Waymo Jaguar SUV on street in Chandler, Arizona

How Self-Driving Cars Are Integrating—or Not—Into the Urban Fabric

As they become more common on some U.S. streets, autonomous vehicles are impeding emergency response operations and blocking traffic, idling in neighborhoods, and defying law enforcement.

May 2, 2023 - Arizona Republic

Water Bottles

Good News, Finally, For Flint, Michigan Residents

There's good but guarded news on drinking water. Lead levels are lower, below the federal action threshold, but residents are advised not to drink it without using filters. A federal state of emergency in effect since January was lifted Sunday.

August 15, 2016 - Michigan Radio

Lessons learned in an earthquake's aftermath

The response to Ecuador's 7.8-magnitude earthquake went beyond just physically rebuilding the hardest hit cities

June 13, 2016 - Doggerel

Refugees

Urban Planners Have a Role to Play in Humanitarian Crises

"Humanitarians are conditioned to think about people, urban planners are conditioned to think about how the place affects people."

December 3, 2015 - International Rescue Committee

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