A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-communications-commission, #fiber-optics, #local-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rural-areas, #rural-utilities-service, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas, #welfare-us

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China Adds More Parks to Its Cities to Raise Quality of Life

A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #china, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #real-estate-commercial, #shanghai-china, #urban-areas

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Manhattanhenge 2021: When and Where to Watch

Saturday will bring New Yorkers their first shot at “the best sunset picture of the year.” Sunday and two days in July will provide more opportunities.

#manhattan-nyc, #seasons-and-months, #space-and-astronomy, #summer-season, #sun, #sunlight, #urban-areas, #your-feed-science

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The Market Tectonics of California Real Estate

Some residents have left the state, but many others have just moved out of big cities in search of more space and lower prices, creating hot spots in the suburbs and the once-sleepy exurbs.

#beaumont-calif, #california, #central-valley-calif, #contra-costa-county-calif, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #fallbrook-calif, #fresno-calif, #orange-county-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #riverside-county-calif, #san-bernardino-county-calif, #suburbs, #temecula-calif, #urban-areas

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Taking Art to the Streets, Just Look Down

Aided by grants, artists are creating ground murals and other projects on roadways, underpasses and in public squares.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #asphalt, #chattanooga-tenn, #culture-arts, #infrastructure-public-works, #kansas-city-mo, #murals, #philanthropy, #reno-nev, #urban-areas

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Sustainability and Climate Change: Join the Conversation with Experts

The Covid-19 pandemic has driven changes in how people live and work. On June 24, join The Times and experts as we discuss how this shift can present new opportunities.

#global-warming, #urban-areas

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Reimagining the Justice System, From Inside the Mayor’s Office

Eric Cumberbatch has been on a mission to curb violence through community outreach.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #firearms, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #urban-areas

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The Israeli-Palestinian Crisis, Reignited

Rockets, airstrikes and mob violence: Why is this happening now, and how much worse could it get?

#defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #urban-areas

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Biggest U.S. Urban Counties Got a Little Less Big

Fewer arrivals from other countries and more people moving to less populous areas accelerate a trend, new census estimates show.

#census, #immigration-and-emigration, #population, #urban-areas

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A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves

The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”

#air-conditioning, #atlanta-ga, #detroit-mich, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environmental-sciencetechnology-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heatstroke, #phoenix-ariz, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #research, #stone-brian, #urban-areas

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Reverse Migration: Moving to Cities While Others Flee

Suburban homeowners who have profited from the urban exodus during the pandemic are leaving small-town life behind to find out what they have been missing.

#boston-mass, #chicago-ill, #denver-colo, #los-angeles-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suburbs, #urban-areas, #washington-dc

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After Pandemic, Shrinking Need for Office Space Could Crush Landlords

Some big employers are giving up square footage as they juggle remote work. That could devastate building owners and cities.

#boston-properties-inc, #buildings-structures, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #dimon-james, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #property-taxes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #recession-and-depression, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #sl-green-realty-corporation, #stocks-and-bonds, #telecommuting, #united-states, #urban-areas, #workplace-environment

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Would You Jump In to Stop an Assault?

A recent video showed several men seeming to ignore an anti-Asian attack in Midtown. Yet research shows that most people are more than willing to intervene and help someone.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #chauvin-derek-1976, #crime-and-criminals, #floyd-george-d-2020, #genovese-kitty, #hate-crimes, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #psychology-and-psychologists, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #urban-areas

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If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic

A study of European cities adds to a growing body of evidence that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions.

#air-pollution, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #medicine-and-health, #research, #urban-areas

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Riders Are Abandoning Buses and Trains. That’s a Problem for Climate Change.

Public transit offers a simple way for cities to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but the pandemic has pushed ridership, and revenue, off a cliff in many big systems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

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Why Riders Abandoning Buses and Trains is a Problem for Climate Change

Public transit offers a simple way for cities to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but the pandemic has pushed ridership, and revenue, off a cliff in many big systems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

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If You Look at Your Phone While Walking, You’re an Agent of Chaos

An experiment by Japanese researchers revealed how just a few distracted walkers really can throw off the movements of a whole crowd.

#cellular-telephones, #research, #roads-and-traffic, #science-advances-journal, #smartphones, #urban-areas, #walking, #your-feed-science

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We Need Buses, Buses Everywhere

Better service would improve millions of Americans’ lives.

#buses, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

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America Is Not Made for Anatomically Correct People

As Biden pushes for an infrastructure package, let’s fix our scandalous lack of public restrooms.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Now Making Electric Bikes: Car and Motorcycle Companies

They see branding opportunities as the pandemic and a desire by cities to curb traffic propel e-bike sales to new heights.

#automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ducati-motor-holding-spa, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #harley-davidson-inc, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states, #urban-areas

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Covid Emptied Europe’s Cities. What Will Bring People Back?

City life came to a standstill from London to Berlin when the coronavirus struck. Now worries of a lasting exodus are pushing urban authorities to address long-festering problems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #telecommuting, #urban-areas

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U.S. Cities Are Vastly Undercounting Emissions, Researchers Find

Inconsistent and flawed data is undercutting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from American cities, according to a new study.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gurney-kevin-r, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #urban-areas

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The Future of Offices When Workers Have a Choice

Some work spaces in central employment districts may become housing, and some housing in residential areas may become work spaces.

#labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #telecommuting, #urban-areas, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

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What is the Future of Offices When Workers Have a Choice?

Some work spaces in central employment districts may become housing, and some housing in residential areas may become work spaces.

#labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #telecommuting, #urban-areas, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

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Cities Aren’t Toast

They can come back from Covid-19. But first, we have to care enough to save them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #real-estate-commercial, #sustainable-living, #urban-areas

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Use It or Lose It: Tenant Aid Effort Nears a Federal Cutoff

Emergency pandemic funding to help renters must be distributed by Dec. 30. But getting the money to those who need it is no small task.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #nonprofit-organizations, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #states-us, #urban-areas

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How Atlanta’s Politics Overtook the Suburbs, Too

Communities that defined themselves in opposition to the city have increasingly grown to resemble it.

#atlanta-ga, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #suburbs, #urban-areas, #voting-and-voters

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Are Cities Safe During a Covid-19 Outbreak?

Dense urban centers were vilified when the pandemic struck, rekindling the age-old town vs. country debate. We asked seven experts if the backlash was warranted.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rural-areas, #suburbs, #urban-areas

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The Places That Had the Biggest Swings Toward and Against Trump

Education was a key dividing line, but other things mattered, too.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #suburbs, #trump-donald-j, #urban-areas, #voting-and-voters

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How Tony Hsieh Tried to Single-Handedly Transform Downtown Las Vegas

Mr. Hsieh, who died at 46, tried to revitalize a corner of the city by attracting other entrepreneurs.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #downtown-project-las-vegas, #hsieh-tony, #las-vegas-nev, #park-city-utah, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #zappos

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Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Study Shows

Research using cellphone data in 10 U.S. cities last spring could help influence officials’ decisions on new restrictions as cases resurge around the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #nature-journal, #research, #restaurants, #united-states, #urban-areas, #your-feed-healthcare

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What’s Not the Matter With Georgia?

A Democratic win offers hope — but also a warning.

#abrams-stacey-y, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #urban-areas, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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If Restaurants Go, What Happens to Cities?

Restaurants have been crucial in drawing the young and highly educated to live and work in central cities. The pandemic could erode that foundation.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #population, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #urban-areas

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Why Blue Places Have Been Hit Harder Economically Than Red Ones

The different mix of jobs is a big driver, but there are other factors, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #urban-areas

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A Low-Income Quarter Needs to Grow. A Prized Forest Could Pay the Price.

With Jerusalem bursting at the seams, 5,000 new homes could wreck a popular getaway in the hills. “You don’t solve one social blight by creating another,” said one opponent of the project.

#israel, #jerusalem-israel, #land-use-policies, #urban-areas

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The Hidden Wonders of a City, Made Visible

In “The 99% Invisible City,” Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt delve into the everyday features of urban life that we take for granted.

#architecture, #books-and-literature, #kohlstedt-kurt, #mars-roman-1974, #the-99-invisible-city-a-field-guide-to-the-hidden-world-of-everyday-design-book, #urban-areas

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Sizing Up the Rural-Urban Travel Divide: Who’s Up and Who’s Down

Remote U.S. destinations, where social distancing is easier, are generally faring better than cities, which are trying hard to get a bigger share of the leisure crowd.

#business-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denver-colo, #florida-panhandle, #las-vegas-nev, #new-york-city, #rural-areas, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #urban-areas

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Denver Wants to Fix a Legacy of Environmental Racism

Historically, trees and city parks in America go to wealthy, white neighborhoods. Now, a program in Colorado’s capital is trying to correct that injustice.

#black-people, #denver-colo, #discrimination, #environment, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #urban-areas

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How to Use the Renter’s Market to Your Advantage

If you’re hoping to relocate, renew a lease or renegotiate an existing agreement, this is what to keep in mind.

#compass-real-estate, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #landlords, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #streeteasy, #urban-areas, #zillow-com

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Building Public Places for a Covid World

What are architects and urban planners foreseeing as people cautiously gather? Streets “curated” for various uses and dynamic cityscapes that both advance wellness and knit communities together.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-reopenings, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #urban-areas

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The Service Economy Meltdown

As companies reconsider their long-term need to have employees on site, low-wage workers depending on office-based businesses stand to lose the most.

#building-service-employees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #shutdowns-institutional, #telecommuting, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #urban-areas

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Trump Moves to Cut Federal Funding From Democratic Cities

The president directed officials to identify “anarchist jurisdictions” and move to withhold funds as he tries to build his campaign around the unrest that has accompanied racial justice protests.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #portland-ore, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #seattle-wash, #trump-donald-j, #urban-areas, #washington-dc

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A Violent August in N.Y.C.: Shootings Double, and Murder Is Up by 50%

The city recorded 242 shootings in August, up from 91 last year, continuing a summer spike in gun violence that has become an issue in the presidential race.

#crime-and-criminals, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #trump-donald-j, #urban-areas

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In Cities Republicans Have Ignored, Trump Sees Only Democratic Problems

Mayors don’t have the power that the president ascribes to them.

#crime-and-criminals, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-state-relations-us, #mayors, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #urban-areas

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Join Us for a Live Conversation About Making Cities More Equitable

Julián Castro, Raj Chetty and Sonja Trauss discuss how where we live shapes our prospects in life, with the Times columnist Farhad Manjoo.

#castro-julian, #income-inequality, #manjoo-farhad, #urban-areas

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How Racist Urban Planning Left Some Neighborhoods to Swelter

Also this week, forecasters see opportunity in weird weather

#global-warming, #race-and-ethnicity, #urban-areas, #weather

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What’s Behind the Recent Rise in Shootings?

Gun violence has surged this summer, and crime experts aren’t sure why.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #debatable, #firearms, #mass-shootings, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #urban-areas

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Want to Flee the City for Suburbia? Think Again

The 20th century is full of examples of the false promise of suburban living.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #wright-frank-lloyd

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Overcrowded Housing Invites Covid-19, Even in Silicon Valley

Overcrowding, not density, has defined many coronavirus hot spots. Service workers’ quarters skirting Silicon Valley are no exception.

#affordable-housing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantines, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-mateo-calif, #service-industries, #silicon-valley-calif, #urban-areas

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Why the Big City President Made Cities the Enemy

Donald Trump — a lifelong New Yorker — declares war on urban America.

#manhattan-nyc, #portland-ore, #trump-donald-j, #urban-areas

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