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Any time data feeds a predictive model, the human biases and structural discrimination embedded in that data can be perpetuated, creating a vicious cycle given credence by technology and statistics.

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Category Archives: Urban Issues

April 27, 2017
Black People Are Not All ‘Living in Hell’
New York Times

Contrary to Donald Trump’s indiscriminate portrayal of African-Americans as “living in hell,” the black upper middle class is ascending the economic ladder at a faster rate than its white counterpart.

April 26, 2017
Seattle’s Mayoral Candidates: Tax the Rich!
Smart Growth Seattle

Each of the major candidates for Mayor, Nikkita Oliver, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon, and incumbent Mayor Ed Murray are all advocating an illegal tax on income for the city of Seattle.

The Story Behind the Unlikely Rise of Airbnb
Wharton School of Business

Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine, chronicles the extraordinary growth of the company in her new book, The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions … and Created Plenty of Controversy.

Downtown Indy In Position of Strength
Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis was one of the earliest and most successful cities at revitalizing its Downtown after an era of abandonment. A lot of this came from a willingness to be different and to take calculated risks that ultimately paid off.

Doctors Join the Fight Against Speculators
Rooflines

Housing crises are health crises. Toxic mold causes asthma. Lack of heat weakens immune systems. Unaffordability causes stress. Forced choices between paying the rent and paying for medical care or food lead to poor health.

Sanctuary Cities Are Winning
CityLab

A federal court blocks Trump’s January executive order seeking to punish jurisdictions that divorce local policing from federal immigration enforcement.

On Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Executive Order
Brookings Institution

Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director at the Metropolitan Policy Program, breaks down why the federal court ruling temporarily blocked Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities.

Minneapolis Planned Redevelopment Clears Major Hurdle
Minnpost

Rejecting the counsel of the city’s planning staff, the Minneapolis Planning Commission has recommended approval of a comprehensive plan amendment that would allow an incursion of residential development into an area currently set aside for industrial uses.

5 Issues On Which CA Is Flying Data-Blind
San Jose Mercury-News

It seems like a simple question: How many African-American boys scored proficient on California’s math test? Go ahead, Google it. You won’t find the answer.

April 25, 2017
Following The Money 2017: Special Districts
U.S. PIRG

A review of 79 special districts’ online financial transparency shows that while a few districts are meeting the goals of “Transparency 2.0”, the vast majority do little to inform citizens about how they spend money.

Long Island Is Missing More Than $24 Billion
Next City

A new report from her organization argues that the economy of New York’s Long Island would have been $24 billion stronger in 2014 alone if racial gaps in income were eliminated.

Four Steps Towards An Inclusive Houston
The Urban Edge

There’s no question that the Houston housing market – especially the suburban housing market – provides opportunity for people with good blue-collar and white-collar jobs. But the big picture masks growing inequality and disparity that is at least as bad than the national average.

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