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Next American City 2015-03-31 19:26:00
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) New York City Councilman Mark Levine, chair of the parks committee, is trying to keep some sunshine in Central Park. Capital New York reports that the councilman will introduce legislation to create a task force that will assess the growing (literal) shadow the city?s skyscrapers are casting over city parks. Related Stories Times Architecture Floats Public Review for Very Tall …


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Next American City 2015-03-31 18:04:00
A lawsuit contends that bike lanes created under Mayor Michael Bloomberg are harmful to the environment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Do New York?s bike lanes harm the environment? According to a lawsuit filed several weeks ago, they may. The suit comes from a former Libertarian Party candidate for state attorney general, Carl Person, and contends that because former Mayor Michael Bloomberg …


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Next American City 2015-03-31 17:03:00
Protesting RFRA at the Indiana State House (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has called on the Indiana General Assembly to either repeal or add protections to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many believe would enable discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Related Stories San Diego Permit Process Speeding SlowlyBloomberg Offers $45 Million for “Innovation Delivery” in City …


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Next American City 2015-03-31 13:00:00
Akron was one of the 26 communities included in the Knight Cities Challenge. (Photo by Sleepydre) Count another funding boost for the tactical urbanism movement. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the winners of the first Knight Cities Challenge today ? with money going to innovators who hope to make a big community impact with one creative idea. …


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Next American City 2015-03-31 12:30:00
Devotees gathered for the Kumbh Mela bathing festival in Allahabad in 2013. MIT Media Lab researchers see the festival as an opportunity to study pop-up cities and rapid urbanization. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup) India?s orange-robed godmen are rarely the focus of urban planners. But later this year, 40 million religious pilgrims are expected to descend upon Nashik ? a rapidly growing …


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Next American City 2015-03-31 11:00:00
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Strategies to end homelessness in cities vary wildly. Some municipalities lean to criminalization ? cracking down on tent cities or banning panhandling in downtowns. Others embrace the housing first model, helping people into more permanent living situations in an attempt to avoid the cycle of on-and-off shelter life. Related Stories Camden, A City for OthersThe Troubling Rise of Family HomelessnessHousing …


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Next American City 2015-03-30 20:24:00
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive in Boston for the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) With voter turnout at a nearly 80-year low and a gridlocked government, getting millennials interested in the political process is a head-scratcher for U.S. politicians. Someone should bring a replicator to Next City’s Vanguard conference …


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Next American City 2015-03-30 18:00:00
Neighborhood Time Exchange, Second Friday, March 13, 2015. Pictured: Brian Bazemore, Dave Kyu, Betty Leacraft, Matt Neff. (Photo by Steve Weinik. Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.) The relationship between artist and neighborhood is a complex one. While social and economic revitalization can come on the heels of a vibrant, growing arts scene, a common fear is that …


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Next American City 2015-03-30 15:20:00
(Photo by Luiz Eduardo) Last week, America?s ?parking guru? Donald Shoup announced his retirement from UCLA?s Luskin School of Public Affairs. After 41 years of teaching at the university, the urban planning prof will end his post on June 30th. Related Stories New Tool Maps Bay Area’s Expensive, Unused ParkingAirbnb-ifying Asphalt Could Shift Parking PoliticsHacking Public Space With the Designers Who Invented Park(ing) …


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Next American City 2015-03-30 12:30:00
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) If you?ve been complaining about how hard it is to find a job in your neighborhood or how far you travel each day to get to work, here?s a little data to back up your concerns: Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by …


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Next American City 2015-03-27 21:12:00
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) On Thursday, San Francisco resident Edwin Neil Acosta and his former roommate sued the management of Chez JJ, a ?hacker hostel? founded by Jade Wang. According to the San Francisco Chronicle: Related Stories S.F. Is Struggling to Make Good on Airbnb RegulationOn Being an Urban Planner in the Tech WorldAirbnb Legalization Brings Out Portland Housing WoesGentrification Red Flags …


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Next American City 2015-03-27 18:00:00
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson It’s not easy growing up. To be on the cusp of adulthood ? or even in your pre-teen years ? is to become attuned to the places we come from. Just as we?re discovering ourselves, we are also learning about both the possibilities and the pitfalls of our community. Related Stories 10 Great Novels Every Urbanist …


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Next American City 2015-03-27 15:28:00
This USDA poster promotes healthy eating for kids ? but advocates say some Massachusetts children are suffering after losing food stamps. A data-mining program aimed at streamlining Massachusetts? entitlement programs has left thousands of deserving residents without food stamps. The Boston Globe reports that the program: Related Stories Nation’s First Non-Profit Supermarket Opens in Chester, PA, a Food Desert for 12 YearsBoston …


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Next American City 2015-03-27 13:04:00
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file) It pays to be first. Being the launch city for Google Fiber, has moved Kansas City to the front of the line in the innovation economy. Thanks to super-fast consumer Internet service (and now commercial service too), the Midwestern city has seen a wealth of good tech news. Related Stories New Google Fiber Expansion Ups Kansas City’s Tech …


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Next American City 2015-03-27 12:30:00
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) In Dallas, a new partnership will test whether rooftop solar can thrive in a marketplace driven by the bottom line. Related Stories California to Let Power Companies Charge Different Rates Throughout the DayThe Solar Threat to the GridSolar Power When the Sun Don’t ShineIt May Get Easier to Air Condition Your Exurban California McMansion On March 10th, the Elon Musk-chaired …


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Next American City 2015-03-27 11:00:00
Brooklyn’s Borough Hall is downtown, where inclusionary zoning will create affordable units. Other neighborhoods need more help. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Financing models for affordable housing developments vary from state to state, city to city, and project to project. Ones that take advantage of federal low-income housing tax credits are the most common, but more and more cities are considering inclusionary zoning …


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Next American City 2015-03-26 18:02:00
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray after the City Council passed a $15 minimum wage measure (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Despite Seattle?s minimum wage victory, which will usher in a pay rate increase to $15 an hour starting April 1st, one major employer may be above the law. The Seattle Times reports that University of Washington, which ranks as the city?s largest employer …


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Next American City 2015-03-26 15:04:00
Naples, Florida was ranked one of the fastest-growing metro areas. (Photo by Marc Ryckaert) New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that six Florida counties were among those with the highest rate of population growth. Populations in Philadelphia and New York City also continue to grow. The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that the Census data show last year marked the city?s …


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Next American City 2015-03-26 12:30:00
Philly’s regional rail once ran more frequently to neighborhoods outside of Center City. (Photo by Retromoderns) Building new transit infrastructure is expensive, difficult and time consuming, but America?s cities need more of it. Philadelphia especially has a very limited subway-elevated system. (For those unfamiliar, just two lines run along main north-south and east-west corridors.) Philly does have an extensive regional rail …


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Next American City 2015-03-26 11:00:00
Prosecutor Kym Worthy, far right, emphasizes the need to work through the backlog of thousands of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) Detroit has an astonishing idea for how to solve the crisis of its backlog of untested rape kits: raising $10 million through charitable donations. This first-of-its-kind strategy is led by tenacious Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, herself …


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