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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 15, 2017
Cutting Social Services Makes Automation Worse

The GOP’s recent actions ignore the fact that a strong safety net is vital to helping workers weather upcoming labor market disruptions from automation in transportation and other sectors.

Is Plan Melbourne Really A Plan?

It’s taken since 2014 to prepare, but despite the name, the “refresh” of Plan Melbourne doesn’t deliver on its most basic pretension; it’s not really a plan!

Remodeling Activity Projected to Grow in Most Metros
Housing Perspectives

Spending on home improvements is expected to increase this year in 43 of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, according to our latest report about the home improvement industry, Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook.

The Latest Housing Price Indicators
Brandon Donnelly

The Economist recently published the following chart alongside this article talking about the impact of foreign buyers on global house prices.

March 14, 2017
Are Restaurants, And Urban Economies, Really Dying?
City Observatory

Alan Ehrenhalt worries that if the urban economic revival is built upon the fickle tastes of restaurant consumers, city economies could be vulnerable. What, Ehrenhalt worries, will happen if the growth of these restaurants peters out?

Are Liberal Democracies Doomed To Boring Architecture?
Common Edge

While a great many planners, architects, and public officials heed higher callings, cities as a whole seek little more than to be places for “live, work, play,” to quote a ubiquitous but deathly uninspiring slogan.

New Paper On Privatization in City Government
LSE Cities

The City: Public or Private? is a new working paper by Harvard Law Professor Gerald Frug that analyses the conceptual, financial, and structural privatisation of city governments in the United States.

For Most Cities, Tech Boom Is A Bust

Contrary to technology’s image as an equalizer, digital service jobs in United States have clustered and concentrated in a select few metros.

Acting FTC Head: IoT Should Self-Regulate
The Guardian

Maureen Ohlhausen, the commission’s sole Republican and its acting chair under Trump, defended using big data to alter pricing from consumer to consumer.

Affordable Housing Investment Has Ripple Effects
Next City

A cut to HUD funding would have a tremendous impact on affordable housing. NLIHC estimates that if the rumored budget is enacted, 200,000 housing vouchers, 10,000 housing units for seniors and 6,800 units for people with disabilities would be lost.

March 13, 2017
Rotterdam’s Popular Muslim Mayor

Ahmed Aboutaleb’s appointment in 2008 as mayor of Rotterdam raised eyebrows. He was the first Muslim mayor of a major European city, the first immigrant mayor in the rightward-moving Netherlands. But the 55-year-old political outsider has slowly won over critics.

Innovations In Building Intelligent Cities
News At Princeton

Rather than repeat the sprawling and uncoordinated development patterns of the past, researchers are exploring new ways to build urban infrastructures to serve our growing population, changing civilization and warming planet.

Journey To The Circular City
Circulate News

There’s a growing belief that cities are taking the place of nations as the dominant economic and political entities of our times. As well as being concentrators of money, knowledge, skills and services, their sheer scale can be mindblowing.

Affordable Housing Is In More Places Than You Think
Seattle Times

Beyond Seattle’s skyrocketing housing prices, an affordability problem looms larger for millions of families nationwide. This is the rental prices that the lowest income encounter — and they’re brutal.

Why Are The Dutch Embracing A Far-Right Candidate?

Life in the Netherlands is pretty good. GDP per capita is the fifteenth highest in the world, the national Human Development Index is the fifth highest on the planet, and inequality is the ninth-lowest worldwide. So why is the country moving to the far right?


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