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Next American City 2015-03-03 22:15:00
Soldiers assist Hoboken residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Joseph Davis) Cities should take a cue from Hoboken when it comes to flood protection, according to one group focused on resilience. Related Stories New York’s New $335 Million Storm-Surge Barrier Will Transform the Lower East SideClimate Scientist: Manhattan Will Need “Venice-Like Canals” to Stop FloodingBuilding for Resilience Without the …


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Next American City 2015-03-03 21:05:00
Plans for development around the San Francisco Chronicle building have sparked concerns about SROs in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) The plan to create Silicon Valley?s younger sibling in a San Francisco neighborhood continues to keep those who worry about affordable housing awake at night. Related Stories 25 Years After World Series Earthquake, San Franciscans Safe in the Stadium But Not at …


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Next American City 2015-03-03 19:00:00
Researchers are set to study how our built environment drives (or can help with) addiction, in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Place affects mood. Walk into a park on a sunny day, and your soul may feel lighter. Spend just a couple of minutes battling a crowd on a slushy sidewalk, and a happy day can turn sour. But scientists have only …


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Next American City 2015-03-03 18:20:00
(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File) As Next City contributor Andrew Zaleski recently reported in “Pittsburgh?s Budget Just Got Way More Click-Worthy,” “breaking down budget information in a succinct, accessible format makes it even more useful for journalists, good government organizations ? and watchdog groups ? the people citizens have depended on for a long time to expose corruption and malfeasance.” Related Stories 3 …


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Next American City 2015-03-03 13:56:00
John Oliver at an Occupy Wall Street protest in 2011 (Photo by David Shankbone) President Obama beat the infrastructure drum hard last summer ? and has been delivering his message to voters under the backdrop of bridges for his entire presidency. But as writer Sarah Goodyear argued last fall in “Why Politicians Screw Up When Talking About Infrastructure,” “People like smooth …


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Next American City 2015-03-03 13:30:00
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Stan Humphries oversees some of the country’s largest data sets on housing. As Zillow?s chief economist, he analyzes real estate patterns and identifies trends; his team posts findings on the site?s blog, making the industry more transparent and accessible to average consumers. Related Stories After 11 Years of Controversy, Atlantic Yards Becomes Pacific Park BrooklynCan NYC Create a New Neighborhood …


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Next American City 2015-03-03 12:00:00
Galveston’s trolley system has been down since Hurricane Ike hit in 2008. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) Our weekly “New Starts” roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories The Top 5 Service Improvements on Our SEPTA WishlistLast Public Transit System Using Tokens to Give Up the ClinkWhat the Proposed Atlanta-Charlotte High-Speed Rail Line Means for Public Transit in the SoutheastStranger …


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Next American City 2015-03-02 19:13:00
Othello Station in Seattle (Photo by Oran Viriyincy) In January, Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa introduced a short, simple bill requiring transit authorities to mitigate the impact of new transit facilities on parking for nearby residents through subsidized parking permits and other means. Sen. Hasegawa?s 11th District serves parts of South Seattle and several suburbs that have been impacted by Seattle?s …


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Next American City 2015-03-02 17:08:00
A CTA bus picks up passengers in Chicago. (Photo by Kelly Martin) Some Chicagoans could soon see an improvement in their commute times. The Chicago Tribune reports that a plan to double the 3-mph speed of CTA buses traveling though downtown by adding bus-only lanes will be set into action in two weeks: Related Stories Since 2000, Old Networks Yield More Transit …


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Next American City 2015-03-02 15:21:00
Downtown Minneapolis (Photo by AlexiusHoratius) Could a name change bring more young talent to Minnesota? That?s the hope of some business leaders and academics in Minneapolis who want to break ties with the Midwest and regionally rebrand as ?the North.? (No word on whether they’d also designate a new capital called Winterfell.) Related Stories Can an Event Space Unite Atlanta’s Sprawling Tech …


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Next American City 2015-03-02 13:30:00
(Photo by Arvindn) Like many cities with rising housing costs, Austin is aspiring to make sure low-income residents aren’t forced out by high rents. But arguments of the NIMBY variety have crept into the decision about where exactly to build new affordable housing in the Texas city. Related Stories Is Development Without Displacement Possible in the Bay Area?Architecture Ideas for Coping With the …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 22:26:00
Pedestrians in Harvard Square (Photo by Chensiyuan) City-dwellers have a reputation for moving at a fast pace, but where is your zoom taking you? According to a new MIT study, one-fifth of your trips are social in nature. The study used anonymized phone data because, unlike other kinds of data, it can be used to reconstruct people?s locations and their social …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 21:58:00
A new sculpture is proposed for downtown Sacramento in this rendering (Credit: Sacramento Kings) The City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings announced this week that they plan to commission an original sculpture by artist Jeff Koons to be displayed outside the basketball team?s new downtown arena, which is set to open next year. Related Stories Publicly Financed Arena for the Sacramento Kings …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 20:48:00
A “Boston Living With Water” design finalist (Credit: Boston Living with Water) Bostonians are fervently wishing for increased water right now ? if you mean the kind of flowing H2O that comes from melting snow. But plans for the future march on amid winter crises. Related Stories 5 Cities That Will Benefit From Climate ChangeRotterdam Has a Plan to Disseminate Its Climate …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 18:43:00
(Photo by Anthony Quintano) Real estate fund manager CIM Group has to pay New York City more than $4 million, thanks to an eyeing from the government. Related Stories Oil and Blood: Census Says Energy Boomtowns Are the Fastest-Growing Metro AreasDe Blasio Administration Vows to End the “Poor Door”New Yorkers Still Need a Rent FreezeA New Affordable Housing Plan Puts de Blasio Just …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 16:00:00
(Photo by Joe Mabel) From New Haven?s Complete Streets 2.0 to the bike lane pilots and pocket parks popping up nationwide, officials are increasingly taking a screen page from the e-book of startup culture ? designing projects that, as Eric Jaffe wrote in a CityLab account of New Haven last week, ?go up quick and ?fail fast.?? Related Stories “Urban Metabolism” Could Beat …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 14:13:00
Minneapolis may soon have a very different kind of office building. (Photo by Ben Franske) Last November, the Hines development company unveiled plans for a new office building in the North Loop section of Minneapolis. Seems like ordinary news, except that the building would be the first of its kind in the U.S to be made primarily of wood. The builders …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 13:27:00
(AP Photo/Ben Margot) What happens when a city?s population outgrows its public transit system? In San Francisco, BART planners are suggesting the city pay up ? up to $1 billion. Related Stories S.F. Measles Alert Is a Reminder That Epidemics Love Trains TooBART Strikes Suck, But Banning Them Is Even Worse (Just Ask New York)Unreliable Trains More Hated Than Slow OnesBART Strike About …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 13:11:00
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, center, applauds at an open hearing at the FCC in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) The FCC Thursday approved a rule on a 3-2 vote to permit two municipally owned Internet service providers (ISPs) to expand beyond their existing footprint, despite state laws that say they can?t, or make it too onerous …


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Next American City 2015-02-27 12:00:00
Armin Kiwi, a retiree who has struggled to keep his rent-stabilized apartment since his partner passed away, poses in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) At the bookend stages of life, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender urban-dwellers have distinctive housing challenges, which are understudied and underreported. But over the past couple of weeks, some noteworthy strides have been made to create equitable …


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