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Next American City 2014-08-29 15:00:00
President Obama announced his My Brother’s Keeper initiative in early 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Recently, I spent a Saturday morning in a mentoring conversation affiliated with the Obama administration?s My Brother?s Keeper Initiative. Exactly how it was affiliated, I?m still not sure. So many charities, corporations, community-based organizations and city mayors have thrown their support behind the President (just this week, …


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Next American City 2014-08-29 12:30:00
Pedestrian deaths come from people crossing the road to shop or work at Baltimore County’s Eastpoint Mall. (Source: Google Maps) Walking is a great way to exercise and, for many, a necessary mode of transportation ? but in parts of car-centric Baltimore County it could also get you killed. Related Stories The Lovely Multi-Use Mishmash of Vietnamese City Streets Meet Our Vanguard: Matt Tomasulo Beyond …


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Next American City 2014-08-29 11:00:00
New York’s Office of Emergency Management has stepped up efforts to educate residents about disaster preparedness. (From NYC.gov) Just five years ago, most New Yorkers were unaware that their city was susceptible to extreme weather events. Sure, some residents of coastal communities experienced flooding following big seasonal storms, but other massively disruptive events ? terrorist attacks, blackouts, riots and even transit strikes …


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Next American City 2014-08-28 18:00:00
Park Ranger Ron Morton waves goodbye to a visitor after the reopening of Yosemite National Park on October 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian) Across America, communities look to tourism to boost their economies, and when it comes to attracting more visitors, many cities are looking to the National Park Service (NPS). Some in Chicago are aiming to revitalize a poor, historic neighborhood …


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Next American City 2014-08-28 16:00:00
Police wearing riot gear point their weapons before arresting a man in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) In the wake of the Mike Brown shooting, stories about police aggression have abounded, and the month has provided ample anecdotes that unnecessary police force is very real. Related Stories Bill de Blasio Vows to Reform Stop-and-Frisk Tactics in New York The Problem of the Police-Community Divide Disruption …


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Next American City 2014-08-28 15:00:00
(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Homer, Alaska got one. So did Houston, Boston, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Ridgefield, Connecticut. Norman, Oklahoma is also on the list. Related Stories New York City Public Libraries Open Fewer Hours Than Libraries in Other Major Cities 6 Cities, 6 Photos: What Public Libraries Mean to Communities The Next Chapter for Urban Libraries Is Here In total, 77 cities will receive grants …


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Next American City 2014-08-28 12:30:00
Transportation Sec. William Coleman, right, looks at plans for Downtown People Movers in five U.S. cities in 1976. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges) The Congressional battle over shoring up the Highway Trust Fund has been painted as one between those willing to pay for transportation infrastructure and those willing to let it crumble. But really, the debate is over which level of government should …


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Next American City 2014-08-28 11:00:00
Non-white students will be the majority in U.S. public schools this year, yet classrooms continue to be segregated by race. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Fifty million children will start school this week as historic changes are under way in the U.S. public school system. As of 2011, 48 percent of all public school students in the country were poor and this year, students …


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Next American City 2014-08-27 17:35:00
A new study looked at Buffalo, New York, above, to consider how street design might impact walkability. (AP Photo/David Duprey, file) Amir Hajrasouliha first encountered the theory of “space syntax” ? the idea that quantifying the geometry of an urban place can reveal something about how it’s used ? as a master’s student in Tehran. It made sense to him, instinctively: Of …


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Next American City 2014-08-27 16:20:00
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Until a few years ago, ?Bedford-Stuyvesant? conjured images of the vibrant brownstones depicted in Do the Right Thing or the gritty ?do-or-die? streets that hatched the careers of The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. Dizzying gentrification has rapidly modified the neighborhood?s image in just the past two or three years. Wealthier (and whiter) people have flocked in, longtime property owners …


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Next American City 2014-08-27 15:35:00
(Photo by Adam E. Moreira) School bus drivers who suffered pay and benefit cuts under the Bloomberg Administration will receive wage boosts via a $42 million grant, ruled the New York City council last week. Their decision stands out as districts across the country struggle to pay for bus service and eye cost cuts like those made by New York?s former mayor. Related …


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Next American City 2014-08-27 12:30:00
Then Governor Parris Glendening, above, discusses Maryland’s Purple Line back in 2001. Thirteen years later, Gov. Martin O?Malley is poised to make it a reality. (AP Photo/ Matt Houston) The Washington, D.C. Metro was a Johnny-come-lately to the American subway scene when it opened to the public in 1976. But as a late bloomer, it?s still building. Last month, the system inaugurated …


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Next American City 2014-08-27 11:00:00
(Photo by Scott Threlkeld) In a revolting example of how Orleans Parish Prison allegedly violates inmates? constitutional right to counsel, public defender Zachary Carpenter visited a client in the Templeman 5 jail building on May 14 and said he found that the visitation room?s document slot, used for passing legal documents back and forth, was filled with urine. Related Stories Durban’s Car Guards Get …


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Next American City 2014-08-26 16:31:00
It would be fodder for opposition barbs if the 2016 DNC is held at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Norman Oder) Big real estate projects sometimes go through name changes, but the announcement August 4th that the Atlantic Yards mega-development near downtown Brooklyn, which has faced steady controversy since it emerged in 2003, would become Pacific Park Brooklyn, was an unusual, strategic …


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Next American City 2014-08-26 15:00:00
While the U.S. has been losing about 10,000 public housing units a year since 1995, Singapore is building more. (Photo by Terence Ong) Public housing in the United States is associated with failure and misery. The very words conjure up visions of concrete tower blocks, drug-related violence and concentrated poverty. But contrary to popular belief, public housing in the U.S. has not …


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Next American City 2014-08-26 12:30:00
People wade through floodwaters on the outskirts of Dakar in 2009. (Photo by AP / Rebecca Blackwell) The rains have finally come to Dakar and with them the fear of flooding. August 2012 is still fresh in residents’ minds, a particularly severe rainy season in which cars were sent floating down streets while furious torrents laid bare the foundations of multi-story buildings. …


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This Mumbai metro train, which started running in June 2014, is part of India’s aim to improve transportation infrastructure. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) Our weekly roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories L.A. Considers an Airport Rail Connection 5 Big Transit Projects Brazil Got from the World Cup Ambitious Toronto Transit Plan Back in the Works Right Side of the Tracks: Twin Cities Light Rail …


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Next American City 2014-08-25 16:23:00
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) As the public comment period for the impending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger draws to a close today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler asking that the companies do more for the city’s “public interest.” Unlike most major mergers, this one hits close to home by affecting …


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Next American City 2014-08-25 14:43:00
(Photo by Hellogreenway) Less than four years ago, the Washington, D.C. food truck industry was fighting for survival. In December 2010, the city council was preparing to consider a moratorium on new food trucks, at the urging of landlords and brick-and-mortar businesses. But in the 11th hour, an ad hoc team of food truck owners ran down to city hall and convinced …


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Next American City 2014-08-25 12:30:00
Many of the jhuggis, or slums, in Gurgaon are hurriedly constructed on land that will soon serve as the foundation for another office tower or condominium. (Photo by Sarah Goodyear) In Gurgaon, India, as in many booming cities around the world, access to a reliable supply of electricity is a matter of privilege. As I experienced when I went there to report …


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