Mexico City Markets, photo by Design for Health

Headlines: Where we live, walk, play—and protest

The power dynamics of public squares, safe streets curb climate change, and how to solve for affordability

compiled by Rosina Shipman and Lisa Schamess

How city squares can be public places of protest or centers of state control
The Conversation, October 3, 2018
How do city squares support or inhibit protests through their spatial characteristics and settings?

Opinion: Safe streets are the best tool we have to combat climate change
Curbed, October 10, 2018
Walk to School Day also brings attention to the dismal conditions under which many students must walk and bike to school every day.

Where we live; A map of every building in America
The New York Times, October 12, 2018
The New York Times wants to give Americans the opportunity to reconnect with our cities and explore them in detail. On this page you will find maps showing almost every building in the United States.

Perspective: Why can’t I afford to live here?
The American Conservative, October 12, 2018
Housing has become expensive all over, at least if you want to be near a source of employment.

Walkability now may outweigh transit access in valuing location
Urban Land Institute, October 9, 2018
Public transportation ridership is declining in most major cities, holding negative implications for TOD projects.

Why you have probably already bought your last car
BBC News, October 10, 2018
In less than 20 years we may all have stopped owning cars, and the internal combustion engine could be a thing of the past.

 

Local News & Around the World
 

Dallas wants to reverse segregation with new housing policy
Pew Charitable Trusts, October 3, 2018
For years, Dallas has poured millions of federal dollars into affordable housing. But in May, the City Council unanimously passed a new comprehensive housing policy, a first for the city, aimed at undoing segregation.

Tech expert resigns from advisory panel on Sidewalk Toronto over data ownership concerns
The Star, October 3, 2018
A member of an expert panel guiding Waterfront Toronto on Sidewalk Labs’ “smart city” proposal has resigned in large part because she wants to see the city, rather than a private company, control potentially valuable data linked to the project.

Mexico City's multicoloured markets from above – in pictures
The Guardian, October 12, 2018
Professor Joseph Heathcott uses satellite images to highlight Mexico City’s unique tianguis – open-air markets - in a beautiful manner.

Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S.
CityLab, October 10, 2018
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.

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