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Next American City 2015-07-01 19:41:00
Last year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Maria Torres-Springer (far right) director of Small Business Services. Now, he’s asked her to head up the agency for economic development. (Credit: NYC.gov) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named a woman to head the city’s main agency for economic development this week. Maria Torres-Springer will leave her post at New …


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Next American City 2015-07-01 18:38:00
This Urban Institute map shows household incomes across the U.S. (highest 10 percent in blue, lowest 10 percent in black) in 2010. The rich are richer, and the poor are poorer, and everyone lives in generally the same places they have for the last two decades. Related Stories What Happened When a Scientist Followed Hedgehogs on Their Urban CommuteLooking Beyond the Maps …


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Next American City 2015-07-01 17:44:00
Bryon Evans Next City isn?t just a news website, we are a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities. Part of how we do that is by connecting our readers to the interesting people who are part of our Next City Network. Related Stories Boosting St. Louis, in StyleMeet The Designer Who Helped Prototype NYC’s New …


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Next American City 2015-07-01 17:20:00
Ryan O’Connor prepares metal pieces for a class he instructs in an art space in Bushwick. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) The creative sector is the engine of urban economic development. Designers, musicians, actors, artists and other creative professionals are a catalyst for growth – creating new businesses, enhancing existing ones and attracting new residents with their performances, designs, murals and other contributions …


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Next American City 2015-07-01 12:30:00
(Credit: Reliefwatch) When you get off the flight, you?re already antsy. At the baggage carousel, you watch black suitcases glide past until the crowd evaporates and only airport employees stacking airmail parcels remain. When the sign above the carousel changes to the next flight, you stalk over to a windowless office, where someone in a tidy polyester uniform fills in forms …


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Next American City 2015-07-01 11:00:00
Rio de Janeiro Metro (Photo by Thyristorchopper) Our weekly “New Starts” roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories New Starts: Paris Gets Driverless Subways, Dhaka Gets an ElChicago Becomes First City to Apply for FTA’s Capacity-Boosting Transit GrantsLaying the Rails on Woodward AvenueHopes Rise Once Again for Abandoned Philadelphia Rail Line Rio Governor: BRT Won?t Cut It Several North American cities that …


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Next American City 2015-06-30 18:11:00
Redeveloping Shaw/U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Derek Hyra) For more than five years, I have conducted fieldwork in Washington, D.C.?s redeveloping Shaw/U Street neighborhood. In the last decade, the community has become incredibly diverse both racially and economically. However, Shaw?s subsidized housing residents rarely interact with the community?s more affluent newcomers. Moreover, longtime residents are seeing virtually all …


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Next American City 2015-06-30 17:09:00
The Gold Line streetcar will soon join Charlotte’s public transit mix, which already includes the light-rail Blue Line. (Photo by Justin Ruckman) Last week, Charlotte’s City Council OK’d $7.7 million for streetcar expansion work. The first 1.5-mile stretch of the new CityLynx Gold Line is supposed to open next month, and the eventual goal for the system is 10 miles. Related …


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Next American City 2015-06-30 16:51:00
A Rent Guidelines Board meeting in early June (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) ?A normal market of free bargaining between landlord and tenant? is probably the last phrase anybody would use to describe New York City?s red-hot rental market. The city has one of the highest rent burdens in the nation, and on top of base rent, many landlords try to extract even …


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Next American City 2015-06-30 15:15:00
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last week held a news conference to discuss the state’s transportation infrastructure. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Right now, civic and business leaders in Baltimore are seeing red. Related Stories Martin O’Malley Wants Someone Else to Run His Light RailTransit Advocates None Too Pleased About Austin’s Light Rail Corridor SelectionA Partial Track Record of Anthony Foxx, Obama’s Pick for New Transpo …


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Next American City 2015-06-30 12:30:00
Architect Roger Sherman envisions a crowdsourced building of a giant structure in the Westwood neighborhood of L.A. (Credit: Roger Sherman) Victor Hugo said, ?The book will kill the building.? Roger Sherman, architect and co-director of UCLA?s cityLAB, wants to ensure the smartphone doesn?t kill the city. Related Stories Will Legalized Xboxes Pull the Plug on China’s Arcades?How Dating Apps Are Changing the …


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Next American City 2015-06-30 11:00:00
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is contending with a ratings downgrade from Moody’s. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). In May, Moody’s Investor Service made headlines when it downgraded Chicago’s debt rating to so-called junk status, dropping the city from level Baa2 to Ba1. In fact, the number of local governments that have been rated in what is referred to as speculative grade (here’s …


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Next American City 2015-06-29 19:08:00
NYC’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to include the Corbin Building in an expanded historic district. (Photo by PointsofNoReturn) Just months after New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission celebrated its 50th anniversary, it has excluded 21 Broadway buildings from a new preservation plan. Related Stories NYC Is Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation. Will It Be Able to Do the Same at 100?Why Capping …


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Next American City 2015-06-29 16:39:00
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) The City of Chicago is in some obvious financial trouble, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to do something about it. Preckwinkle is hoping to secure enough votes to raise county sales tax by a penny on the dollar. She believes that raising property or sales tax …


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Next American City 2015-06-29 16:00:00
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) In the old days of manufacturing, you knew where the factories were. Smokestacks, rail spurs and looming brick buildings bespoke the construction of I-beams, truck chassis and household appliances that came churning through the cities of the Rust Belt. If you lived near them, you definitely knew where they were, and you probably didn?t like them. Related …


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Next American City 2015-06-29 15:01:00
Is your city on the verge of something awesome? Do you want to share this excitement and energy with the next generation of urban leaders? Next City is now seeking cities to host its 7th and 8th annual Vanguard conferences in spring/early summer of 2016 & 2017. Vanguard is an annual gathering of 40 under 40 urban leaders working to improve …


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Next American City 2015-06-29 13:03:00
The White House was illuminated Friday with rainbow colors to mark the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) On Friday, after a momentous Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide in the U.S., the White House was bathed in rainbow-colored lights. Related Stories Philadelphia Just Got a Little More Gay-FriendlyHousing for LGBT Youth …


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Next American City 2015-06-29 12:30:00
(Photo by Atomic Taco) Transit and complete streets advocates often operate with the motto, ?If you build it, they will come.? That is, if you provide reliable public transportation and safe places to bike and walk, people will choose alternatives over a car. But what if there?s simply no way to get nearly half the population to stop driving alone? That?s …


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Next American City 2015-06-26 16:33:00
An Indian street vendor sells clothes in Ajmer, one of 100 cities chosen to become a “smart city.” (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) India Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to turn 100 cities into “smart cities” by 2022, and Bloomberg Philanthropies this week announced its commitment to helping reach that goal. Bloomberg will provide strategic and technical support to help chosen cities innovate. …


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Next American City 2015-06-26 16:27:00
Forth Worth, Texas, pedestrian bridge (Credit: Rosales + Partners) Fort Worth, Texas, is a year into a grand experiment: Can small changes lead up to citizens living healthier, longer lives? Related Stories Three Lessons On PlacemakingBoston Councilor Wants Free Sunscreen Dispensers in City ParksWhat Walk Score’s Food Desert Map Misses About Food AccessRECAP: Six Leaders Compare and Share Notes on Rail Parks The fifth-largest …


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