Houston, TX. Photo by Kevin Trotman, via Flickr.

Daily Headlines for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Public Square | Taxes, infrastructure, urban heat, office parks, floating cities, downtown Seattle, village squares, reinvention, and gentrification.

Bipartisan Hill group wants to talk taxes, infrastructure with Trump
​CNN — February 14, 2017
A bipartisan group of members of Congress wants to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss tax reform and infrastructure investment.

Latin America's cities sweat over health risks from urban heat
Reuters — February 15, 2017
Haphazard development combined with heat pumped out by cars, factories and buildings is causing city temperatures to be higher than their surrounding areas

The future city is dense, connected and walkable — and that means the death of old-school office parks
GeekWire — February 14, 2017
Seattle is certainly on the front lines of this dramatic shift, driven in large part by Amazon.com, whose growth north of downtown is dramatically reshaping the city. 

Fabulous floating cities promise freedom
Treehugger — February 15, 2017
The Seasteading Institute has a grand vision of a libertarian wonderland; Kim described it as a floating city where "there will be no welfare, no minimum wage, looser building codes and little restrictions on weapons (better for defending against pirates, we assume)."

Local News

Downtown Seattle’s ‘incredible year of progress’
The Seattle Times — February 14, 2017
Seattle's center city turned in stellar performance in the latest comprehensive report. From new residents to employers and retailing, the numbers are strong.

Village squares are models for new shopping centers
The Houston Chronicle — February 15, 2017
The sleek modernist lines of Town & Country Mall, surrounded by acres of parking lot, are gone, and in their place is a contemporary version of the village square.

‘Reinventing Vilonia’ gets national recognition
The Cabin — February 14, 2017
The University of Arkansas Community Design Center’s ‘Reinventing Vilonia,’ shown in this rendering, won a national award and will be featured in the May 2017 issue of Architect magazine.

'Albany Park Not For Sale': Tenants Fight Eviction, Gentrification
DNA Chicago — February 14, 2017
Families facing eviction from an Albany Park apartment building are taking a stand against gentrification and what they say is discrimination.

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