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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue Post-Pandemic Rebound in 2022

Renewables generated more electricity than coal in 2022, according to preliminary estimates. Greenhouse gases still rose, however, due mostly to increased emissions from buildings.

January 10, 2023 - Rhodium Group

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Zero to Deadly: How More Powerful Cars Endanger Lives

With cars accelerating more quickly, drivers have less time to react and can pose more danger to pedestrians.

January 10, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Irrigiation Channel

New Map Deepens Understanding of Cross-Border Aquifers

A new analysis of U.S. and Mexico groundwater supplies reveals 72 aquifers shared between the two countries.

January 9, 2023 - High Country News

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The Power of Urban Waterfronts

Humans' love of water makes waterways a particularly attractive urban amenity. Why did so many American cities let theirs languish?

January 9, 2023 - Governing

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Federal Grants to Fund Zoning Reform Efforts

The ‘Yes In My Backyard’ grants are designed to help cities identify the most effective avenues for increasing density and spurring more housing construction in historically reluctant neighborhoods.

January 9, 2023 - Route Fifty

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E-Bikes and the Bike Infrastructure of the Future

What will the future hold for cycling and bike infrastructure? With the introduction of e-bikes, the landscape of cycling, and even the definition of a bike, is changing.

January 9, 2023 - Eric Carlson

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Housing Voucher Recipients Find Themselves With Fewer Options

Americans relying on federal rental assistance are struggling harder than ever to find affordable housing, braving years-long wait lists and reluctant landlords.

January 8, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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The Slow Growth of Solar Carports

Placing solar panels over parking lots has multiple benefits, but higher costs have prevented their widespread adoption in U.S. cities.

January 6, 2023 - CNET

New York City Open Streets

Where Open Streets Are Succeeding

The cities that are making their pandemic-era car-free experiments permanent.

January 6, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Coronavirus Social Distancing

Friday Eye Candy: Covid-19, Then and Now

The New York Times compared images from readers portraying similar scenes in 2020 and 2022.

January 6, 2023 - The New York Times

Los Angeles Subway

Subway Ridership Still Lagging as Cities Come Back to Life

While other aspects of urban life are starting to recover to pre-pandemic ‘normals,’ ridership on the nation’s subway systems is still well below average levels.

January 5, 2023 - The Hill

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The Multi-Faceted Benefits of E-Bikes

Advocates say incentivizing e-bikes is a quick and effective way to reduce carbon emissions and shift U.S. transportation priorities away from car-oriented planning.

January 4, 2023 - NPR

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Federal Grants Fund Tribal Relocation Efforts

Tribal communities threatened by climate change are opting to relocate or engage in ‘managed retreat’ to save their villages from sea level rise, erosion, flooding, and other climate impacts.

January 4, 2023 - The Daily Yonder

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Texas, Florida Saw Most Growth in 2021, Says U-Haul

Based on an index comparing inbound and outbound moving truck rentals, Texas had the largest population growth in the United States in 2021, while California and Illinois saw the biggest losses.

January 4, 2023 - U-Haul International

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What to Expect from U.S. Climate Policy in 2023

2022 was full of historic legislative accomplishments on climate policy. 2023 is unlikely to achieve the same significance, though the changing climate demands more of the same.

January 4, 2023 - The Washington Post

The San Francisco Bay Area is visible from San Carlos, across the bay to the East Bay. Mount Diablo looms in the background.

California Continues its Losing Streak

California's population continued to shrink for a third consecutive year according to the U.S. Census Bureau's population estimates for the year ending July 2022, but business columnist Jonathan Lansner saw glimmers of hope in the data.

January 3, 2023 - The Mercury News

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Urban Population Shrinks After Census Definition Change

The U.S. Census Bureau raised the bar for communities to qualify as urban areas.

January 3, 2023 - U.S. Census Bureau

Construction Worker

The Infrastructure Sector Is Bleeding Workers

With an aging workforce and few new workers entering the sector, cities could find themselves short of the workers needed to build and maintain projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

January 2, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Transportation Predictions for 2023

Seventeen transportation experts and professionals weigh in on what they think trends in the sector will look like in 2023.

January 1, 2023 - The Verge

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Centering Equity in Short-Term Rental Regulations

How can city officials mitigate the negative impacts of short-term rentals?

December 29, 2022 - Urban Wire

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