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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Category Archives: Urban Issues

March 20, 2017
March 19, 2017
Berlin’s Grass-Roots Fight Against Gentrification
New York Times

Housing prices have soared in fashionable Berlin neighborhoods like Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Under pressure from a growing grass-roots movement, the city has put in place measures to fight gentrification.

Indiana Bill Would Prohibit Local Airbnb Bans
Indianapolis Business Journal

Indiana’s cities and towns wouldn’t be allowed to put their own restrictions on companies such as Airbnb under a proposal state lawmakers are considering as they wade into the parochial matters of property rights and zoning disputes.

Will Millennial Blockchain Use Lead To Local Currencies?
Wired

For Generation Y, ATMs were the right technology at the right time, offering quick cash on demand and changing our relationship with money. For millennials, what’s the next big thing in managing their hard-earned wages?

CA Housing Bills Abound with Support for Building, Renters
Los Angeles Times

For decades, federal and state politicians have subsidized homeowners, most prominently through giving them the ability to deduct interest from their home mortgages on their taxes. Would California reverse the trend?

Detroit Exits Bankruptcy, Thanks to Art Museum
Slate

The city’s bankruptcy could have been far lengthier, and even more painful for retirees, had it not been for an unusual deal designed to save the Detroit Institute of Arts while minimizing cuts to pensions.

The Undocumented Who Built Charlotte
The Guardian

In the first of a three-part investigation of how Charlotte, North Carolina would look without undocumented people, Amanda Holpuch hears how the construction industry would fall apart.

The Latest Plans For St. Paul Ford Site
Twin Cities Pioneer-Press

When it comes to the future development plans for the vacant Ford Motor Co. site in Highland Park, St. Paul Planning Commissioner Bill Lindeke is thrilled, while Bruce Hoppe is gearing up for a fight with City Hall.

Trump Budget Would Eliminate Key Rust Belt Supports
Brookings Institution

There’s a disturbing disconnect between President Trump’s expressed concern for the regions left behind and his budget outline’s treatment of three small but important agencies.

March 16, 2017
U.S. Cities Battle for Jobs With $45B in Incentives
Wall Street Journal

Already depleted by foreign competition, states and cities offer increasingly lucrative tax breaks and other benefits to keep companies local, sometimes squaring off with neighboring municipalities.

The End Of Boston’s Urban Planning As We Know It
Boston Globe

When Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposed a new master plan two years ago, many might have expected the effort — dubbed Imagine Boston 2030 — to alter the very look of the city. In practice, Imagine Boston 2030 is shaping up very differently.

Federal Budget Would Hit Cities The Hardest
The Hill

Ignorance toward local government issues is a plague that has the power to take down our country. Across America, there’s too much focus on the D.C. Beltway, rather than the cities and towns where much needed structural reforms can be made.

Big City Mayors Blast Trump Budget
Politico

America’s big-city mayors blasted President Donald Trump’s proposed budget Thursday, lacing into the president over the impact it would have on federal funds vital for city budgets and services.

Context For America’s Racial Wealth Divide
Rooflines

America’s racial divide discussion is extending beyond academic and policy settings and into a more mainstream media because it’s clear that far too many Americans—of all races—do not know the story behind what we see in communities around the country.

Trump Budget Will Hamper Economic Development
Smart Growth America

Earlier today President Trump released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2017-2018, which outlines increased military spending and cuts for many domestic programs—including key programs that support economic growth in American communities.

21st Century Utopia: Cities Without Slums
CNBC

In the past decade or so, new technologies, including better land mapping, prefabricated construction and cheaper solar power, have begun bringing the costs of housing down 20 percent to 30 percent, say experts. Could this help build housing in slums?

March 15, 2017
HUD Explained
Curbed

Ben Carson, potential budget cuts, and how federal housing policy works.

Tax Credits Play A Critical Role in Economic Development
Rooflines

Past tax policies include tax credits for corporations that invest in distressed areas that advance economic growth and prosperity, bringing much-needed capital into these communities for affordable housing, to start and expand businesses and to upgrade essential infrastructure.

L.A. Releases JJJ-Driven TOD Incentives
Streetsblog L.A.

Now that Measure S has clearly been soundly defeated, the city of Los Angeles is implementing that other planning reform measure that actually passed. Measure JJJ, or the “Build Better L.A.” initiative, received 64.8 percent approval in the November 2016 election.

Planning for the Worst
Urban Omnibus

Today’s most pressing crises are neither spiritual, nor metaphysical, but environmental. For some, citymaking again would provide an answer to disasters — and disasters could provide an unprecedented opportunity for citymaking.

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