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Category Archives: Urban Issues

May 25, 2017
More Debate on City Revivals
City Observatory

Earlier this week, The New York Times published an op-ed from Jed Kolko–”Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls, The Myth of the Return to Cities”–offering up another iteration of his long running argument that the urban rebound is overstated

In Budget, New Plan to Punish Sanctuary Cities
Governing Magazine

President Trump proposed a dramatic expansion of the law at the center of the administration’s fight against sanctuary cities — changes that could enable the federal government to punish cities like San Francisco for shielding immigrants.

Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America
New York Times

In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” — a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones” that cried out for a strongman to put “America first” and stop the world from stealing our jobs.

Data is the Lifeblood of the Internet of Things
Information Week

As computing power becomes increasingly distributed into the devices and infrastructure around us, the data generated by those devices will invariably play a larger role in our businesses and everyday lives.

What 120 Mayors Say About the State of the City
Next City

From Omaha, Nebraska, to Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C., most U.S. mayors’ top concerns during the past year were the usual suspects: economics, housing, infrastructure, healthcare and education, according to an analysis from the National League of Cities.

Cities Will Be Salvation of the Country
Penn Live

“In this national and international time of insecurity and instability, I truly believe that cities will be the salvation of this country in the end.”

May 24, 2017
Four Reasons to Retire the Phase “Inner City”

On a recent trip to Seattle, I picked up a copy of the weekly paper The Stranger. As I was browsing the news briefs, one sentence in an item on drinking water violations jumped out at me: “When you think of problems with safe drinking water, you might think of an inner-city environment like Flint, […]

The Most Affordable Retail Corridor in the Country
Curbed Philly

All of the construction work and pedestrian detours up and down Market East have become a part of every day life for Philly folks, but apparently the development boom up and down the corridor hasn’t gone unnoticed on a national level: Market East has just been named the most affordable retail corridor in the U.S.

Trump Wants More People with Housing Subsidies to Work
Washington Post

President Trump’s budget proposal, announced Tuesday, calls for the most dramatic cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development since President Ronald Reagan slashed the agency’s funding in the early 1980s and leaves a wide opening for introducing work requirements for people who receive federal housing subsidies.

Three Quarters of Internet of Things Projects at Risk of Failure
Computer Weekly

The vast majority of internet of things (IoT) projects are either at risk of failure or doomed to fail, with almost two-thirds stalling at the proof of concept stage, and only 26% of businesses reporting a successful project completion, according to a report released at Cisco’s IoT World Forum in London.

Leaving Segregated Neighborhoods Lower Blood Pressure in Blacks

For black adults, moving out of racially segregated neighborhoods is associated with a decline in blood pressure — a drop significant enough to result in a reduction in heart attacks and strokes, according to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Can Denver Become Like Silicon Valley
Wired Magazine

Ross Diedrich had gone pale and raw-boned. The CEO of a year-old startup in Denver, he’d stay at his office until the middle of the night, go home and sleep for about five hours, then chug a spinach smoothie and start again.

May 23, 2017
In Retreat, Sessions Backs of Some Sanctuary City Bluster
Los Angeles Times

In an apparent retreat on the war against cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, the Trump administration has settled on a narrow definition of what it means to be a “sanctuary city,” and limited the potential financial consequences for state and local governments.

Blockchain Project Looks to Improve Cities
New Scientist

Activism has never been so easy. Urban residents will soon be giving up their personal data – not to the usual social media giants, but to make their cities a better place to live.

Reformists Set to Control Iran’s Major Cities

Reformists are set to control city councils in Iran’s major cities, initial election results show, ending longstanding conservative dominance of local politics just days after moderate President Hassan Rouhani sailed to a second term.


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