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Next American City 2014-09-30 17:17:00
An NYU music professor wants to use pay phones to monitor noise pollution ? and create city soundscape concerts. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) New York City has 11,412 pay phones, which currently do little more than serve as advertising space. Plans are underway to reinvent them as wi-fi hot spots. But if NYU music professor Tae Hong Park had his druthers, each …


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Next American City 2014-09-30 13:00:00
Caltrain “will purchase 16 Metrolink rail cars for $15 million.” Philadelphia’s regional transit agency, SEPTA, “plans to spend $400 million on buses between 2018-2025.” Austin’s Capital Metro is set to award a contract for 46 buses this month. Bids on building nearly 40 shuttle buses are due to Denver’s transportation agency next week. Northern California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit has “plans …


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Next American City 2014-09-30 11:00:00
New Orleans’ trolley bus system, above, closed in 1967, but cities in the Indianapolis region hope a proposed ?rail on tires? will give them an edge in attracting younger residents. (Source: Team New Orleans, US Army Corps of Engineers) Our weekly roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories Back to Basics for Detroit Light RailA Partial Track Record of Anthony …


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Next American City 2014-09-29 18:00:00
A radical and rare experiment is unfolding, hinging on the idea that renters are not merely transients in a city; they are citizens and stakeholders. Related Stories Study Finds Connection Between Homeownership, Mobility and Civic EngagementMAP: The Rental Housing Crisis, By CountySan Francisco Urbanists: The Bay Area Has Not Grown So Well and Needs to ChangeThe Real Corporate Landlords of Atlanta For Cincinnati, …


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Next American City 2014-09-29 16:00:00
Officials at India’s space program cheer the success of their Mars orbiter. (Photo by AP / Aijaz Rahi) Our weekly roundup of urban, economic and environmental news from across the globe. Related Stories Around the World: Dalai Lama Denied, Sleeper Trains Scrapped and a Bus Seat BacklogAround the World: Uber in India, Mooncakes in Beijing and a Meteorite in ManaguaAround the World: A …


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Next American City 2014-09-29 15:56:00
Maksym Rokhmaniiko’s winning entry in the Spofford Re-Design Competition (Source: Autodesk Sustainability Workshop) Low-income neighborhoods have historically been burdened with buildings and infrastructure NIMBY?d away from other neighborhoods, but if communities are empowered, they can direct transformation of such architecture. Related Stories Oil and Blood: Census Says Energy Boomtowns Are the Fastest-Growing Metro AreasDe Blasio Administration Vows to End the “Poor Door”Affordable …


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Next American City 2014-09-29 12:30:00
(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) The charred remains of the QuikTrip convenience store and gas station at West Florissant Avenue and Northwind Estates Drive in Ferguson, Mo., will likely become just another vacant lot in a few months? time. After serving as the focal point for nightly demonstrations in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police, the QuikTrip …


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Next American City 2014-09-29 11:00:00
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on a PeopleForBikes European cycling tour (Source: PeopleForBikes) You can?t build it unless you know what it is supposed to look like ? and what it feels like in real life. That?s the idea behind one advocacy group’s international study trips. Since 2009, Zach Vanderkooy and his PeopleForBikes team’s Green Lane Project has taken about 250 people …


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Next American City 2014-09-26 17:22:00
New York City plans to spend more than $27 billion to make its infrastructure resilient, and the city?s comptroller want to pay with green bonds. If Scott Stringer has his way, New York will soon be the nation’s largest municipal player in the burgeoning green bond market. On Wednesday, Stringer, the city comptroller, proposed a new program for issuing municipal bonds …


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Next American City 2014-09-26 14:10:00
L.A. hotel workers await the decision in favor of raising the minimum wage. (Source: Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy) Should the responsibility of providing service economy workers with a living wage fall on employers or customers? From Seattle to San Diego, U.S. cities ? where there’s a concentration of such workers ? have been bypassing federal laws to take …


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Next American City 2014-09-26 12:30:00
Of successful projects like NYC’s High Line, above, Gil Peņalosa says, ?Private public space is important but even more important is for cities to recognize that public means for everyone.” (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) The pressure’s on for placemakers. Just as housing and transportation advocates have been mobilizing in the run up to Habitat III (the “Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban …


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Next American City 2014-09-26 11:00:00
(Photo by Paul Morigi/Invision for NRG eVgo/AP Images) Last July in San Jose, Don Francis gave a talk about one of the country?s surprising new leaders in electric vehicle sales: Atlanta. Related Stories Europe’s Most Car-Obsessed City Tries to Make Its Traffic Jams GreenerLocal Transit Agencies Waiting on Further-Delayed PA Funding PlanTo Kill Zombie Subdivisions, Cities and Suburbs Need to Plan TogetherUrban …


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Next American City 2014-09-25 16:00:00
(Photo by Brady Dale) An art history expert in New York City has turned walking tours of Chelsea art galleries into multimedia experiences. David Behringer, the man behind The Two Percent, is using radio technology in a new way to do it, and the approach has the potential to make intimidating spaces such as galleries ? and the neighborhoods where they …


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Next American City 2014-09-25 15:00:00
Michelle Obama volunteers at Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization tackling hunger in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Nearly every day, it seems, a new study is released that points to the causes or effects of one health issue or another. From West Nile Virus to the dangers of BPA in plastics, public health problems are often thought of in isolation. But …


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Next American City 2014-09-25 13:02:00
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Savvy travelers seeking to avoid the crawling pace of the George Washington Bridge (of Bridgegate fame), which carries I-95 over the Hudson River but snarls with city traffic in the Bronx, have long opted for the Tappan Zee Bridge farther north. After only 50 years, however, the Tappan Zee ? opened in 1955 ? is slated for a …


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Next American City 2014-09-25 11:00:00
President Obama addresses the United Nations Climate Summit. (Photo by AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais) These past few days have seen a flurry of rallies, meetings, confabs and big-ticket speeches to coincide with the big United Nations’ climate summit. In New York, 300,000 marched for action. Political leaders from around the world have called for action. And cities are taking action: …


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Next American City 2014-09-24 15:00:00
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) In the future, all aspects of daily urban life might be tracked and translated into data points. Local governments and companies collecting this type of information are already testing out potential uses. According to some watchdogs, without a holistic look at how data collection and algorithms impact different communities, this has the potential to reinforce already rigid …


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Next American City 2014-09-24 14:00:00
Next City Board Member Eric Shaw (center) chatting with Next City Vanguard members and friends at the 2014 Vanguard conference. What is Next City? It?s a question we are often asked and always excited to answer. Related Stories Boosting St. Louis, in Style The short answer is that we are an online media organization that covers cities, but the long answer ? the …


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Next American City 2014-09-24 13:18:00
In Minneapolis, above, a new funding method is aimed at taking racial inequity out of the region’s infrastructure. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) From exclusionary zoning policies to trains that stop before reaching areas of racially concentrated poverty, institutionalized racism is literally built into our urban and suburban landscapes. In the Twin Cities, a new method for distributing federal transportation dollars considers the …


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Next American City 2014-09-24 11:00:00
A plane on the tarmac of Bangkok’s flooded airport in 2011. (Photo by AP / Aaron Favila) At the height of Hurricane Sandy?s storm surge, the tarmac at New York City?s LaGuardia Airport was completely submerged, its jetways extending eerily into what appeared to be a rippling lakebed. When the heaviest winter rains on record drenched England earlier this year, the …


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