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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Say Goodbye to the World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village

Roadside America has been open since 1953, delighting visitors with its model of a Pennsylvania town frozen in time and full of little cars and trains. But the popular roadside attraction couldn’t survive the pandemic.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  January 20, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Kansas Researchers to Help Rural Communities Thrive

Four researchers will focus on the future of food, energy and water in a new project that could help rural communities capitalize on wind energy opportunities.

By Sarah Spicer, The Wichita Eagle  |  January 15, 2021
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Charlotte Approves Transit Expansion Without Much Support

Council members authorized the city manager to move ahead with a “transformational” transit and mobility plan. But concerns have been raised that the project will strain a community that’s already been ravaged by COVID-19.

By Allison Kuznitz, The Charlotte Observer  |  January 15, 2021
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Florida County Receives $4.6M Grant for Roadway Technology

Pinellas County will use the multi-million-dollar grant to implement more connected-vehicle and traffic-light synchronization technology in an effort to continue improving its roadways’ safety and efficiency.

By Caitlin Johnston, Tampa Bay Times  |  January 11, 2021
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Can 3-D Printed Homes Offset California’s Housing Crisis?

A Bay Area startup aims to revolutionize housing with faster-built, cheaper and greener homes using 3-D printing technology. But the company has a long way to go before it can meet the state’s needs.

By Ethan Baron, Mercury News  |  January 11, 2021
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To Distribute Vaccine Equitably, Sacramento Should Start Now

Officials in the state capital need to start working with at-risk communities to ensure the COVID vaccine is distributed rapidly when it’s readily available.

By Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee  |  January 7, 2021
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Despite Pandemic, Portland Sees Most Traffic Deaths Since 1996

There were 54 traffic-related deaths in Portland last year even as the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of people to stay home much more than usual. The city wants to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2025.

By Andrew Theen, oregonlive.com  |  January 6, 2021
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Stronger Hurricanes Challenge Housing Recovery Plans

After a record-breaking hurricane season, city planners in Florida focus on best practices to rescue affordable housing, while architects adopt new housing designs for the long-term needs of a changing coastline.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 6, 2021
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NY DOT’s Estimate for HOV Lane Extension Is ‘Astronomical’

Councilmember Steven Matteo wants a detailed cost breakdown of extending the HOV lane on the Staten Island Expressway, which the state has estimated to cost as much as $800 million and has been debated for years.

By Erik Bascome, Staten Island Advance  |  January 5, 2021
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America’s Picnic Table: A Landscape Fixture in Photos

Rendered in wood, steel or cement, the classic picnic table is an ever-present part of America. We explore the many places you can find them.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  December 31, 2020
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San Francisco Transit Agency Adopts Plan to Combat Racism

The Municipal Transit Agency acknowledged its racist history and pledged to make meaningful progress against anti-Black racism, including bias analysis and reporting.

By Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle  |  December 16, 2020
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