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Next American City 2016-02-11 18:08:00
(Photo by Ana) Bay Area communities with the greatest expansion of market-rate housing are seeing the least displacement of low-income residents ? independent of inclusionary zoning programs, according to a new report by California?s Legislative Analyst?s Office. Related Stories Millennials and Micro-Units Are the Hottest New Trend PairingHow Activists in 3 Cities Are Fighting EvictionsSan Francisco Urbanists: The Bay Area Has Not Grown …


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Next American City 2016-02-11 13:30:00
San Diego’s Balboa Park (Photo by Oleg via Flickr) As public-private partnerships become the norm for cash-strapped cities investing in capital projects, the term has become a buzzword and a catchall that says little about the actual structure of underlying deals. Is a nonprofit leasing public space from the city in exchange for managing its operations? Does a private corporation provide …


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Next American City 2016-02-11 12:00:00
The front entrance of the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh (Photo by Rob Larson) Even in what might seem like the most dire of circumstances, change is happening. Some of it emerges from within the community. Some of it comes from without. There’s never a guarantee that those visions line up exactly, but when they do, the result can be a beautiful thing: …


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Next American City 2016-02-10 20:21:00
Transport for London’s proposed design (Credit: TfL) Trucks can be death traps for cyclists. Out of eight bikers killed in collisions with vehicles in London last year, all but one collided with a truck. But London?s transportation agency says a relatively simple design addition to trucks could help reduce the number of cyclists hit by truck drivers. Related Stories New Starts: L.A. …


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Next American City 2016-02-10 16:00:00
The Spring Bank branch and headquarters on 167th Street in The Bronx, New York (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello) It was September 15th, 2008. Melanie Stern was the point-person for the New York State Coalition of CDFIs (community development financial institutions). She and a few other coalition representatives were meeting in Albany, New York, with Michael Skrebutenas, then deputy secretary for …


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Next American City 2016-02-10 12:00:00
An Indian woman with an infant in Hyderabad, India (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) What will reduce maternal mortality? The problem ? women dying during or shortly after childbirth ? has been with humanity for millennia. Over the past few decades, shifts in technology, living standards and fertility rates have all altered our expectations. More recently, global health has tested a plethora …


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Next American City 2016-02-09 20:33:00
Atlanta is considering adopting more form-based zoning codes. (Photo by James Rintamaki via Flickr) Atlanta is in the midst of rethinking city zoning codes, which could result in better walkability, improved access to transit, increased housing density and the preservation of historic neighborhood aesthetics, Creative Loafing reports. Related Stories These Cool GIFs Show How 8 U.S. Cities Have SprawledBoard Game Challenges Players to …


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Next American City 2016-02-09 18:24:00
A vacant home in Atlanta (Photo by Paul Sableman via flickr) Atlanta?s vacant and blighted properties are costing the city between $1.6 million and $2.9 million a year in direct services, according to a report by Georgia Tech professor Dan Immergluck, with even greater effects on property values and lost property tax revenue. Related Stories To Kill Zombie Subdivisions, Cities and Suburbs Need …


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Next American City 2016-02-09 16:00:00
Rainbow crosswalk in Seattle’s Capitol Hill (Photo by SounderBruce on flickr) St. Louis will allow its painted crosswalks to fade away after learning that the designs violate Federal Highway Administration guidelines, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Related Stories Detroit’s False Choice: Foundational Bailout Could Save Both Art and PensionsNew York’s Transit Authority and NYPD Need to Talk About BuskingWhat Urban Planners Can Learn …


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Next American City 2016-02-09 13:30:00
West Chicago Avenue (Photo by Steven Depolo on flickr) As a restauranteur, Quentin Love has a history of being ahead of the game. He started his first restaurant chain, Quench, 15 years ago on the South Side of Chicago, featuring turkey, chicken and vegetarian options, no beef and no pork. Quench eventually grew to eight locations, and Love earned a reputation …


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Next American City 2016-02-09 12:00:00
Brooklyn Bridge Park (Photo by Roger on flickr) Our weekly ?New Starts? roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories Testing Begins on World’s First Wireless Electric Light-Rail LineNew Starts: Streetcars for El Paso, Subway Halt in Australia, Qatar Transit for World Cup FansNew Starts: Bike-Share for Tots, International Metro Line Plans, Jerusalem Light Rail ViolenceNew Starts: Bike-Share in Budapest, a …


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Next American City 2016-02-08 19:46:00
“Hey Cupcake,” a popular Austin startup (Photo by Evan Bench via Flickr) Cities looking to spur economic growth should reconsider those tax breaks and subsidies intended to lure out-of-state corporations, and invest in local entrepreneurs instead, a new report suggests. Related Stories How a Win for Unions Can Be a Win for EveryoneFrom the Scrap Pile to Your Produce AisleCan Philadelphia Teach Silicon …


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Next American City 2016-02-08 17:00:00
Memphis code enforcement inspection (Photo by Brandon Dill) Sponsored content from Neighborhood Preservation, Inc..


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Next American City 2016-02-08 16:00:00
The Pronto Cycle Share launched in October 2014. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Seattle?s bike-share system is in dire straits. After a little over a year of operations, Pronto turned to the Seattle City Council for a $1.4 million bailout. Without it, the system will be insolvent by the end of March and the city might be required to pay back more than …


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Next American City 2016-02-08 13:30:00
An uncompleted jail project in downtown Detroit (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) It may not have as much placemaking pizzazz as a new bike-share or downtown arts district, but unless a city prioritizes basic service, people will not want to build roots in it. From safe drinking water to solid public schools, brass-tacks urbanism is the not-so-secret secret about growing a healthy city. Related …


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Next American City 2016-02-08 13:30:00
An uncompleted jail project in downtown Detroit (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) It may not have as much placemaking pizzazz as a new bike-share or downtown arts district, but unless a city prioritizes basic service, people will not want to build roots in it. From safe drinking water to solid public schools, brass-tacks urbanism is the not-so-secret secret about growing a healthy city. Related …


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Next American City 2016-02-08 11:00:00
Twelve million people. 588 square miles. 19 percent poverty. The Western Hemisphere?s biggest city. São Paulo, Brazil, is famously (or infamously) a city of superlatives. Its metropolitan population of 20 million makes up a sprawling, decentralized megalopolis. Urban planners here face formidable challenges: addressing a much-publicized water shortage, retrofitting the concrete jungle with green space, improving mobility across a chaotic urban …


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Next American City 2016-02-05 13:30:00
Activists march through Chicago’s financial district, protesting foreclosures and evictions in 2012. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) In 2014, the Chicago Housing Authority opened its public housing waitlist for the first time since 2010, and its housing voucher waitlist for the first time since 2008. More than a quarter of Chicago households applied. Meanwhile, more than 55,000 homes sat vacant in Chicago …


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Next American City 2016-02-05 12:00:00
(Photo by Daniel Lobo via Flickr) A scourge of sewer systems is costing U.S. water agencies thousands of employee hours and millions of dollars. So-called ?flushable? disposable wipes are clogging up wastewater treatment plants, causing equipment to break down faster, and even putting public health at risk by contributing to sewage spills. Related Stories If It’s Raining in New York, You Might …


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Next American City 2016-02-04 20:30:00
Shenzhen, China (Photo by YoTuT on Flickr) Two Danish architecture firms have won a competition to design the world?s largest waste-to-energy power plant in the mountainous region outside of Shenzhen, China, according to Dezeen. Related Stories European Countries Hit Some Pretty Momentous Wind Power Records Last YearNew California Bill Threatens Clean Energy in the Golden StateUber CEO Likes What He Sees in China’s …


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