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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Tag Archives: Climate Change

August 20, 2017
L.A. Is Coating Its Streets With Cooling Material
Washington Post

Los Angeles — surrounded by desert and encased in thousands of miles of asphalt — is the poster child of the heat island effect, experts say, which explains why city officials are exploring innovative ways to combat record-breaking, rising temperatures.

August 17, 2017
What Is Climate Gentrification?
GreenBiz

From New York’s High Line park to new affordable housing in Oakland, a debate over the accessibility of green design has taken root.

How Climate Change is Fueling Gentrification
Digital Journal

Many cities along our coastlines particularly Miami Beach or Virginia Beach, have wealthier neighborhoods closest to the water while neighborhoods farthest from the beach, at higher elevations, are more affordable. But will climate change reverse this?

August 16, 2017
Climate Bonds Lure Storm-Plagued Cities
Bloomberg Quint

As climate change pushes U.S. cities to build protections against stronger storms and more frequent floods, the Rockefeller Foundation is helping cities with a novel kind of financing, one that transfers risk of innovative projects from cities to investors.

August 15, 2017
Trump to Reverse Obama-era Order Aimed at Climate Change
Washington Post

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would streamline the approval process for building infrastructure such as roads, bridges and offices by eliminating a planning step related to climate change and flood dangers.

August 14, 2017
Stormwater Capture Can Be Urban Answer to Climate Change
New York Daily News

Three quarters of our dense, built city is covered with asphalt and concrete. As rain pours off these impermeable surfaces, our old gray infrastructure — concrete pipes, wastewater treatment plants and massive holding tanks — tries to manage the stormwater.

August 13, 2017
August 10, 2017
The Radical Plan to Cool Down LA
Gizmodo

In L.A., an infrared thermometer shows the surface temperature to be 112 degrees. By mid-day, it’ll rise above 150. That’s why a crew of workmen are out here, giant squeegees in hand, spreading a thin coat of liquid over the asphalt.

August 8, 2017
August 7, 2017
August 6, 2017
Air-Conditioning’s Impact Now Felt in Colder Climates
San Francisco Gate

In 2017, with temperatures racing past 100 degrees in the Pacific Northwest, the region of the country that has historically relied the least on air-conditioning. And now more people, even there, are installing the technology.

Is Climate Change Gentrifying Miami’s Black Neighborhoods?
The Root

Like many predominantly black communities across the country, Liberty City is experiencing a rise in gentrification. But in the case of Liberty City and some other black Miami neighborhoods, gentrification may include another interesting factor: climate change.

Facing Heatwaves in the Megacity
New Statesman

In 2015, a deadly heat wave killed at least 2,000 people around the Sindh province and the city of Karachi in Pakistan.

German Cities Prep Themselves for Climate Change
Deutsche Welle

Brutal heat and flooded streets have marked the summer of 2017 in Germany. What steps are German cities taking to brace for the increasing unpredictability of climate change?

August 3, 2017
The LA County Planning Director’s Exit Interview
The Planning Report

For 40 years, Los Angeles has been well served by the expertise of Planning Director Richard Bruckner. As he exits the county, Bruckner reflects on his lessons learned and rewards reaped, and traces the factors that created the current climate for L.A. planning.

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