Republicans Are Riding High on ‘Place-Based Resentment’

The anger felt by rural voters toward the Democratic Party is driving a regional realignment.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #johnson-ron-1955, #midterm-elections-2022, #population, #presidential-election-of-1992, #presidential-election-of-2016, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #senate, #sociology, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas

Using Fossils to Bring the LA River Back to Life

The field of conservation paleobiology is helping scientists to bring living things back to parts of the Los Angeles River.

#conservation-of-resources, #fossils, #la-brea-tar-pits-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-river-calif, #paleontology, #urban-areas, #your-feed-science

How a ‘Golden Era for Large Cities’ Might Be Turning Into an ‘Urban Doom Loop’

What seemed like a transitory step to avoid infection has become a major force driving the future direction of urban America.

#adams-eric-l, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #florida-richard, #glaeser-edward-l, #homeless-persons, #labor-and-jobs, #los-angeles-calif, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #republican-party, #san-francisco-calif, #seattle-wash, #united-states-economy, #urban-areas

What Does Queens Need More, a New Park or a New Train Line?

A derelict rail line is being reimagined as a linear park, like Manhattan’s High Line. But in a borough that lacks both green space and transportation, locals wonder whether its best use would be the original one.

#friends-of-the-high-line, #friends-of-the-queensway, #high-line-manhattan-ny, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #queens-nyc, #railroads, #subways, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

Is Homeownership Slipping Even Further Out of Reach for New Yorkers?

In a city of renters, the turbulent pandemic housing market is making it harder than ever to buy a home.

#adams-eric-l, #federal-reserve-bank-of-new-york, #income-inequality, #joint-center-for-housing-studies, #mortgages, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas

New York City Reaches Deal to Build Soccer Stadium in Queens

The New York City Football Club will pay roughly $780 million to build the stadium in Willets Point in Queens as part of a project that will include housing and a hotel.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #mixed-use-developments, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-football-club-soccer-team, #new-york-yankees, #real-estate-commercial, #related-cos, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #sterling-equities, #urban-areas, #willets-point-queens-ny

In Texas, a Battle for Hispanic Voters Moves to the Cities

Republicans are vying for Latino voters not just along the border but also in the state’s growing cities, historically a bulwark for Democrats.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #elections, #elections-governors, #hispanic-americans, #midterm-elections-2022, #minorities, #orourke-beto, #san-antonio-tex, #texas, #urban-areas

Crime: Red Delusions About Purple Reality

No, Democrats aren’t responsible for rising crime.

#crime-and-criminals, #midterm-elections-2022, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #united-states, #urban-areas

Did You Recently Buy a Home in New York City for Less Than $750,000?

If so, we want to hear from you.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #internal-open-access, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas

With Leaps and Bounds, Parkour Athletes Turn Off the Lights in Paris

As an energy crisis looms, nimble young activists are using superhero-like moves to switch off wasteful lights that stores leave on all night.

#champs-elysees-paris, #energy-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #europe, #france, #global-warming, #lighting, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #parkour-sport, #politics-and-government, #pollution, #shopping-and-retail, #urban-areas

New NYC Congestion Pricing Tolls May Lower Demand For Yellow Cabs

The tolling program could push up fares and shrink taxi demand, the M.T.A. says. Cabdrivers are also seeking their own fare hike of up to 23 percent.

#adams-eric-l, #air-pollution, #automobiles, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #congestion-pricing, #hochul-kathleen-c, #marblegate-asset-management, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #tolls, #uber-technologies-inc, #urban-areas

How California’s Bullet Train Went Off the Rails

America’s first experiment with high-speed rail has become a multi-billion-dollar nightmare. Political compromises created a project so expensive that almost no one knows how it can be built as originally envisioned.

#altamont-calif, #bakersfield-calif, #burbank-calif, #california, #california-high-speed-rail-authority, #fresno-calif, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #lancaster-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #marina-del-rey-calif, #mojave-desert-calif, #newsom-gavin, #palmdale-calif, #politics-and-government, #railroads, #rendon-anthony-1990, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #transportation, #urban-areas

Surf and the City

Autumn may be the season of big swells, but the smaller waves found year-round near East Coast cities are perfect for beginners who want to give surfing a try.

#beaches, #exercise, #oceans-and-seas, #surfing, #swimming, #urban-areas

California Is Actually Making Progress on Building More Housing

The state is making it harder for local governments to block construction.

#affordable-housing, #california, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #states-us, #urban-areas, #zoning

The Optimistic Art of Mary Mattingly

The artist’s work addresses future climate crises while attempting to make the urban environment a better place to live right now.

#agriculture-and-farming, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #denes-agnes, #flowers-and-plants, #food, #global-warming, #mattingly-mary, #tmagfalldesign, #ukeles-mierle-laderman, #urban-areas, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Shy Raccoons Are Better Learners Than Bold Ones, Study Finds

Wildlife management strategies focused on aggressive raccoons may be inadvertently boosting the proportion of more clever ones in cities.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #animals, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #raccoons, #research, #shyness, #urban-areas, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Can Technology Help Cities Manage Curbs Better?

We’re asking our streets and sidewalks to do more and more. Start-ups are trying to help with curbside management tools — but will cities rise to the challenge?

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #future-of-transportation, #innovation, #parking, #parking-meters, #roads-and-traffic, #sensors, #urban-areas

In Vancouver, Indigenous Communities Get Prime Land, and Power

After acquiring some of the biggest and most coveted parcels of land in Vancouver, the city’s three First Nations are becoming players in the biggest game in town — real estate.

#british-columbia-canada, #canada, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #urban-areas, #vancouver-british-columbia

Why ‘Open Streets’ in New York City Were Reduced by 63 Miles

The program, which was made permanent last year, gave New Yorkers more public spaces, but is retreating in many areas. Community advocates hope to stop that slide.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #automobiles, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #open-streets, #parking, #sustainable-living, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #urban-areas

Admiring the Trees of Paris

From the dramatic weeping willows along the Seine to the London plane trees that line the Champs-Élysées, trees play a supporting role in the city’s inimitable elegance and grandeur.

#champs-elysees-paris, #global-warming, #parc-des-buttes-chaumont-paris-france, #seine-river-france, #travel-and-vacations, #trees-and-shrubs, #urban-areas, #walking

We Went on a Lanternfly-Killing Rampage. They’re Still Here.

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest that ecologists have urged the populace to squish on sight, is back, infesting the New York City area.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #city-council-nyc, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #insects, #invasive-species, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pennsylvania, #spotted-lanternflies, #staten-island-nyc, #urban-areas

Why So Many Cars Have Rats in Them Now

Driving in the city is on the rise, but if New Yorkers think they can avoid rats this way, they are in for quite the surprise.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #automobiles, #brooklyn-nyc, #manhattan-nyc, #rats, #rodents, #urban-areas

How Hot and Humid Singapore Is Trying to Cool Itself Down

With the help of a mobile cart named “Smarty,” researchers are trying to tackle the challenge of urban heat through a program that the government says could be a model for other countries.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #radiation, #research, #singapore, #sunlight, #sustainable-living, #urban-areas, #weather

In San Antonio, the Poor Live on Their Own Islands of Heat

Texas has been hit with an unrelenting heat wave. Nowhere is it more miserable than in low-income areas that have less access to shade and air-conditioning.

#heat-and-heat-waves, #income-inequality, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #poverty, #san-antonio-tex, #texas, #university-of-texas-at-austin, #urban-areas

The Dystopian Myths of Red America

The Big Lie about the election is embedded in an even bigger lie.

#crime-and-criminals, #domestic-violence, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #urban-areas

Utah’s ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

As the Great Salt Lake dries up, toxic dust threatens to poison the air in one of the United States’ fastest-growing metro areas.

#audio-neutral-informative, #global-warming, #great-salt-lake-utah, #salt-lake-city-utah, #urban-areas, #utah, #water-pollution

Why Housing Is So Expensive — Particularly in Blue States

The urban economist Jenny Schuetz breaks down America’s housing crises, the policies that could fix them and the politics standing in the way.

#affordable-housing, #audio-neutral-informative, #homeless-persons, #politics-and-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas

Plans to Fight Global Warming Face an Obstacle in Paris: Trees

As a new heat wave bakes the French capital and the rest of Europe, critics say that plans to make the city greener have led to the felling of trees essential to combating rising temperatures.

#france, #global-warming, #hidalgo-anne-1959, #paris-france, #sustainable-living, #trees-and-shrubs, #urban-areas, #weather

The Business Lunch May Be Going Out of Business

Many upscale restaurants that catered to the nation’s downtown office crowd are canceling the meal, as remote work persists and business deals are sealed online.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #le-bernardin-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #marea-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #united-states, #urban-areas

As Some Office Workers Return, Happy Hour Sees a Wobbly Comeback

Even as companies struggle to coax employees back to the office, some bars report that their after-work crowds are nearing prepandemic levels.

#2twenty2-tavern, #bars-and-nightclubs, #beer-authority-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #everson-royce-bar, #jimmys-corner-manhattan-ny-bar, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #urban-areas, #working-hours, #workplace-environment

How America Lost Its Edge

Are we forgetting how to be a society?

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #portugal, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #urban-areas

Traffic-Clogged North England Bitter Over Stalled Rail Plan

Transport problems are just one symptom of the economic neglect that has long hobbled the region, where growth, employment and health care mostly lag far behind the south.

#bradford-england, #conservative-party-great-britain, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #high-speed-2-ltd, #politics-and-government, #railroads, #roads-and-traffic, #urban-areas

Rural Philippines, Long Neglected, Newly Appealing in Covid Times

The economic disparity of the nation’s rural and urban areas is a problem of long standing. Will the lessons of the pandemic finally lead to change?

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

Why Are There So Many Shampooers in New Jersey?

You can learn a lot about America by asking what people do for a living in different places.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #labor-and-jobs, #states-us, #united-states-economy, #urban-areas

Cities Want to Return to Prepandemic Life. One Obstacle: Transit Crime.

Crime rates on trains and buses are up in some of the nation’s biggest cities, one more barrier for downtowns trying to rebound.

#assaults, #atlanta-ga, #buses, #chicago-ill, #chicago-transit-authority, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #crime-and-criminals, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #lightfoot-lori, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-county-metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #philadelphia-pa, #ryan-kevin-k, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #solis-hilda-l, #southeastern-pennsylvania-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #urban-areas, #washington-metropolitan-area-transit-authority

How Green Is Your Metropolis?

Allowing more density would make America better.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas

Book Review: “Supertall,” by Stefan Al

Stefan Al’s “Supertall” is a thoughtful inquiry into the new generation of skyscrapers, which are taller and more ubiquitous than their predecessors.

#al-stefan, #architecture, #billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #buildings-structures, #hong-kong, #london-england, #new-york-city, #singapore, #supertall-how-the-worlds-tallest-buildings-are-reshaping-our-cities-and-our-lives-book, #urban-areas

How Your Sense of Direction Is Shaped by Where You Grew Up

Childhood environments shape people’s navigational skills, researchers reported. The findings one day may lead to better tests for early dementia.

#alzheimers-disease, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #maps, #memory, #nature-journal, #navigation, #rural-areas, #university-college-london, #urban-areas

In Busan, A Smart City Built on Data Takes Shape 

Fifty-four families volunteered to share data on everything from sleeping habits to trash volume to help developers make a city from scratch in Busan.

#busan-south-korea, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #privacy, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sustainable-living, #urban-areas, #wearable-computing

How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s

A new study shows how redlining, a Depression-era housing policy, contributed to inequalities that persist decades later in U.S. cities.

#air-pollution, #area-planning-and-renewal, #berkeley-calif, #black-people, #california, #discrimination, #environment, #global-warming, #great-depression-1930s, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hispanic-americans, #houston-tex, #nineteen-hundred-thirties, #race-and-ethnicity, #university-of-california-berkeley, #urban-areas

London Breed and the Return of Tough-on-Crime Democrats

A party at war with itself can provide neither greater peace nor sustainable reform.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #boudin-chesa, #breed-london, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #san-francisco-calif, #urban-areas

Can a Reality TV Show Sell You on a $2,298 E-Bike?

Welcome to “Bike Hunters,” a Dutch YouTube series that promises to recover stolen e-bikes — but really makes you want one of your own.

#advertising-and-marketing, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #electric-bicycles-motorcycles-and-scooters, #reality-television, #robberies-and-thefts, #television, #urban-areas, #web-original-programming

China’s Fast Train, an Olympic Highlight

A journey by high-speed train offers a window on the nation’s future, as well as some of the past it would like to leave behind.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #high-speed-rail-projects, #olympic-games-2022, #urban-areas

Give the Manhattan D.A.’s Crime-Fighting Policies a Chance

Studies show public safety improves when prosecutors turn to alternatives to jailing some offenders.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #bragg-alvin, #center-for-court-innovation, #citizens-crime-commission, #crime-and-criminals, #de-blasio-bill, #district-attorneys, #ex-convicts, #gun-control, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #robberies-and-thefts, #shoplifting-and-employee-theft-retail, #urban-areas

The Plans for the World’s Next Largest City Are Incomplete

Delhi is growing far beyond the formal confines of the city, a case study in the complexity of what we call urbanization.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #delhi-india, #internal-open-access, #population, #urban-areas

‘American Urbanist,’ a Well-Timed Biography of a Man Who Reshaped City Life

Richard K. Rein’s book tells the story of William H. Whyte, a sociologist who wrote “The Organization Man” and helped to rethink how cities look and feel.

#american-urbanist-how-william-h-whytes-unconventional-wisdom-reshaped-public-life-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #new-york-city, #rein-richard-k, #urban-areas, #whyte-william-h, #writing-and-writers

Donald H. Elliott, Innovative Urban Planner, Dies at 89

He preserved landmarks in New York through creative zoning, involved communities in decision-making and insisted on aesthetic standards for urban design.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #city-planning-commission-nyc, #city-planning-department-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #elliott-donald-h-1932-2021, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #land-use-policies, #new-york-city, #urban-areas

Alexander Garvin, Visionary City Planner, Is Dead at 80

Architect, author, Yale academic and City Hall official, he directed the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and helped plan a New York City Olympics.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atlanta-beltline-atlanta-ga, #deaths-obituaries, #garvin-alexander, #lower-manhattan-development-corp, #new-york-city, #urban-areas, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny, #yale-university

Behind Kentucky’s Tornado Recovery Plan

On states that bite the hand that feeds them.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kentucky, #paul-rand, #united-states-economy, #urban-areas

In Bakersfield, Many Find a California They Can Afford

Known for both oil and agriculture, the “Texas of California” rises in population as city dwellers seek backyards and shorter commutes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bakersfield-calif, #brookings-institution, #california-state-university, #fresno-calif, #irvine-calif, #kern-county-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #newsom-gavin, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #valadao-david-g