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Next American City 2015-07-31 17:10:00
Massachusetts’ gambling commission met in Boston last week after a New Bedford casino plan collapsed. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Despite little evidence to support casinos’ ties to significant economic growth (and studies that show such venues can be harmful to a neighborhood), cities and states across the U.S. continue to hear the siren song of gambling moguls. But this week’s casino news …


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Next American City 2015-07-31 15:51:00
Los Angeles, above, and San Francisco could make a joint bid for the 2024 Olympics. (Photo by Nserrano) After Boston bowed out of the running for the 2024 Summer Olympics earlier this week ? with Mayor Marty Walsh saying he didn’t want to put taxpayers at risk in pursuit of the Games ? speculation over potential U.S. host cities quickly centered …


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Next American City 2015-07-31 13:44:00
CicLAvia participants cross the Fourth Street Bridge, with a view of downtown Los Angeles in the background. (Photo by Downtowngal) Over the last 30 to 40 years, a tectonic shift has occurred in the way Americans think about urban transportation networks, especially the streets and roads that are their backbone. After decades of designing streets as low-grade highways designed to move …


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Next American City 2015-07-31 11:00:00
(Design by Hanson Cheng, RISD) Picture a science museum. Do you see taxidermy dioramas and dinosaur skeletons amid dim lighting? Or a family-friendly center, with gaggles of children and messy, interactive exhibits? Now picture a museum about climate change. What does that look like? If Miranda Massie has her way, we’ll know by 2020. Related Stories NYC’s 2015 Climate Change Report Calls …


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Next American City 2015-07-30 18:00:00
Vendors at the new Boston Public Market put up the finishing touches before the space’s grand opening on Thursday, July 30th. (Credit: Boston Public Market) The Boston Public Market officially opened today, after more than a decade of planning. The year-round, fully locally sourced market is the first of its kind in the U.S. The 30,000-square-foot building was originally a Big …


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Next American City 2015-07-30 17:31:00
Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, one of America’s “most Christian” cities (Photo by Hequals2henry) Religious affiliation varies greatly among U.S. cities. A new report from the Pew Research Center found that while America is by far still a predominantly Christian nation, with about 71 percent of Americans identifying as Christian, many major metros vary in religiosity. Related Stories Welcome to ChattanoogaCrowded HouseWe’re …


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Next American City 2015-07-30 16:00:00
Fake IRS debt collection scams are one of Chicago’s biggest consumer fraud problems. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) Con artists are coming up with sophisticated ways to make a buck off of low-income communities in cities. Earlier this year, I wrote about the efforts to curb notario fraud in Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. In Detroit, a new car insurance racket aimed at the …


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Next American City 2015-07-30 12:48:00
A cable car runs between La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) Bolivia’s already extensive cable car system will soon triple in size, according to Reuters. Commuters in La Paz will have nine skyway lines when the expansion is complete. There are currently three routes at 10 km (6.2 miles), and this latest project will bring the system …


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Next American City 2015-07-30 11:00:00
(Photo by Steve Morgan) When the Portland Development Commission considered departing from traditional municipal RFPs two years ago, the city development agency hoped to be able to tap into the city?s early-stage, Portland, Oregon-based startups. Eschewing the customary wait-and-see approach to finding providers of products and services to government, the PDC decided to go directly to the local software industry and …


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Next American City 2015-07-29 20:53:00
Aerial view of Randalls Island (Photo by Roy Googin) Bronx residents are about to get better access to outdoor recreational space at Randalls Island. Related Stories City of Fort Worth Hopes to Get People Walking Till They’re 100Judge OKs Blocking Iconic NYC ViewsDesigners Hope to Measure How a New Bronx Park Changes Lives8 Cities in the United States That Have Banned Smoking …


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Next American City 2015-07-29 16:00:00
(AP Photos) Last August, when I began covering equitable economic development issues as a Next City fellow, I wrote about my fear that the term ?equity? was being used as a smokescreen ? that many government officials and other civic leaders had been paying lip service to trends in urban inequality without sufficiently tackling the root causes of widening wealth gaps. Related …


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Next American City 2015-07-29 15:00:00
Jessica Meyer 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 Picture Reno: The Man Behind the Camera at 2015 VanguardBeing Your …


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Next American City 2015-07-29 13:00:00
(Photo by Allie Caulfield) Police across U.S. cities have been deploying big data in law enforcement for years, and now one Pittsburgh councilman hopes cross-department cooperation can make it easier to recover stolen cars or vehicles connected to a crime. Related Stories How to Make Detroit’s Data AccessibleWould You Share Private Data for the Good of City Planning?Big Data Could Help Some of …


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Next American City 2015-07-29 12:30:00
(Photo by Alex Proimos) ?The tall young doctor didn?t mind touching patients,? reads a chapter in Kathryn Boo?s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. ?He came one night and stretched out one of Fatima?s arms, and then the other, and when he did so, her bandages, which had turned yellow and black, came loose.? Related Stories Scientists Trace Infection’s Spread Through a U.S. CityThe …


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Next American City 2015-07-29 11:57:00
(Photo by Darwin Bell) Millennials will drive, but they?d rather walk. Or bike. Or take public transit. That?s according to a new survey of Americans? community and transportation preferences, released this week by the National Association of Realtors and the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. Related Stories From Suburb to City (Or Something Like It) in ‘The …


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Next American City 2015-07-29 11:00:00
A Berkeley, California, resident shows off an irrigation system using gray water running through the back yard of her home. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Confession: I?m a Californian who likes plants. I want to grow them outside my house in the dirt. I want to water them and watch them grow. Related Stories Innovators Are Chasing a Cheaper Future for DesalinationSexy Water Conservation …


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Next American City 2015-07-28 18:30:00
Plans for a high-speed rail line between Dallas (above) and Houston got a boost this week. (Photo by Lars Plougmann) The brake was pressed on plans for a high-speed train between Dallas and Houston in Texas earlier this year, thanks to legislation that would block the 205-mph trip. Related Stories New Starts: Dallas-Houston HSR, Speedier Trains in Kenya and Metro Mania in ChinaJerry …


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Next American City 2015-07-28 18:03:00
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at a news conference in June (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) After months of waning public support and growing opposition, Boston has officially pulled out of the running to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2024. Related Stories Boston Mayor Tells City Agencies to Cut Red Tape Around ResilienceBoston Doubles Down on Providing Financial Empowerment to ResidentsHow U.S. Cities Can Build …


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Next American City 2015-07-28 16:30:00
Laborers working on 2022 World Cup facilities head to their housing in Doha, Qatar. (This May 2015 photo was taken during a government-organized media tour.) (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo) Earlier this month, Palo Alto-based big data software company Sysorex announced a $2.5 million contract with Daruna Development for its AirPatrol mobile device to be used as the ?worker locationing and asset management …


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Next American City 2015-07-28 15:30:00
(Credit: The 606 Chicago:“https://www.facebook.com/The606Chicago”) The 606, a new 2.7-mile trail that runs through Chicago?s Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, has garnered a lot of attention since opening last month. Amid the accolades, there is concern about gentrification, however. Related Stories Chicagoans Fight for Neighborhood ParkBird-Unfriendly Chicago to Become Less Perilous for its Winged TravelersPhotos: The Differing Destinies of Elevated …


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