London's gentrifying Brixton neighborhood. Photo by Peter Bright, via Flickr.

Daily Headlines for Thursday, December 29, 2016

Public Square | Health hazards, urbanist themes, urban regimes, the Green Code, the master plan, the Battle of Brixton, and the year in review.

Suburbs increasingly view their auto-centric sprawl as a health hazard
The Washington Post — December 28, 2016
Planners in Prince George’s County have talked for years about reshaping communities to help residents fetch a gallon of milk via a walk or bicycle ride, rather than add to stifling traffic congestion by having to drive.

2016’s Top 5 Moments in the World of Transportation
Wired — December 29, 2016
In the past 12 months, Uber launched a fleet of robo-taxis in Pittsburgh, Google finally started talking about how to commercialize its autonomous tech, and an Otto truck hauled 50,000 cans of Budweiser across Colorado with an empty driver’s seat.

Urbanism Themes -- 2016 And Beyond
Forbes — December 28, 2016
The year was full of promise and optimism for urbanists, as artists, entrepreneurs and innovators, and public sector leaders continue to seek each other out and imagine better futures for cities.

Strategies for Urban Regimes
World Policy — December 29, 2016
The effects of human activity on the environment over the past few centuries have given rise to some of today's most pressing challenges. 

Local News

The Green Code Comes to Pass
Buffalo Rising — December 28, 2016
The Green Code has officially been adopted. The new zoning code will be signed into law on January 3 by Mayor Brown. 

How a California City Got Pedestrians to Make Their Own Master Plan
CityLab — December 28, 2016
Last summer, at a city-run day camp for kids and teens in Long Beach, California, bright yellow pledge cards were passed out to around 120 campers. 

Study: Route 6 needs to be walkable
The Bristol Press — December 28, 2016
Making Route 6 more walkable and aesthetic while encouraging businesses to stay and move there is the dilemma facing the Planning Commission, City Planner Robert Flannigan said.

Battle of Brixton: gentrification splits famous London district
The Bangkok Times — December 29, 2016
Once the epicentre of some of Britain's worst race riots in the 1980s, the London neighbourhood of Brixton is now facing a very different battle for its Afro-Caribbean soul: gentrification.

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