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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Category Archives: Urban Issues

June 21, 2017
Knight Cities Foundation Gives Millions for Urban Innovation
Inside Philanthropy

This year, of the 33 Knight Cities winners sharing $5 million, we’re seeing a lot grants for things like placemaking, parks, and economic development, but also a big emphasis on engaging the public with government and city decision making.

Local Governments Have Become Political Foil for Conservatives
Dallas Morning News

Austin seems to have a time-honored role as a target for the ire of state legislators. But the capital city was hardly alone in the latest legislative session, which saw the clearest and most persistent attack yet on the autonomy of local governments.

June 20, 2017
As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms
New York Times

In Washington, D.C., where it’s already difficult to get things done, governing is likely to get exponentially harder in coming decades as the baby boomers retire and fiscal pressures mount sharply. So where will the leadership and money come from to take on urgent challenges?

S.F. Bans Sale of Menthol Cigarettes
San Francisco Examiner

Smokers ready to kick their menthol habit will have some help: beginning next April, the sale of flavored tobacco products will be illegal in San Francisco.

The Unaffordable Urban Paradise
MIT Technology Review

Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.

Chinatown Is the Story of White Supremacy, Gentrification in L.A.
L.A. Weekly

Chinatown plays fast and loose with the details of how the Valley got incorporated into L.A. over water-rights issues. But many of the events the film alludes to do have some historical analogs, though at no point does the film claim to be absolutely truthful.

June 19, 2017
Reno Redevelopment Agency Forced to Refinance Debt
Reno Gazette-Journal

Out of money to use for its debt payment, the Reno Redevelopment Agency was forced last week to refinance the bonds it used to build infrastructure for the Cabela’s super store in Verdi.

How Small Towns Came to Resent Cities
The Guardian

It’s no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually say the same thing: it’s the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too.

20 Years Later, What HOPE VI Can Teach Us

Affordable housing programs are at great risk of elimination under the current administration. In this uncertain climate, what can we learn from a program that leveraged private interest while aspiring to be a protector of affordable housing?

A Few Problems With Smart Cities

The “smart city” sounds like a digital utopia, a place where data eliminates first-world hassles, dangers and injustices. But there are some problems with smart cities, and no one, to my knowledge at least, has pointed them out.

June 18, 2017


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