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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Maine Wants to Borrow Another $30M for Broadband Expansion

Gov. Janet Mills says the money would be spent on rural parts of the state where COVID-19 restrictions and low Internet connectivity have hurt education and the economy. Lawmakers say $30 million is good but not enough.

By Scott Thistle, Portland Press Herald  |  February 25, 2021
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To Improve Urban Mobility, Ensure Coordinated Transportation

A new report by the Transportation Research Board points toward more seamless and coordinated connections among all forms of shared mobility, such as buses, bikes, trains, scooters and more.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  February 25, 2021
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Tech and Innovation Councils to Boost Cheyenne Development

The City Council approved the creation of two new councils to develop a community that is able to support and encourage new businesses. Both advisory committees will begin accepting applications in March.

By Margaret Austin, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle  |  February 24, 2021
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The Strange, Troubled History of Pedestrian Malls

A few of them have worked out well. Most of them have been failures. But the idea of building new ones has never died, and there are signs of still another incarnation.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  February 23, 2021
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City to Install Tesla Superchargers to Bring Foot Traffic

San Fernando, Calif., will establish 14 superchargers in a city-owned parking structure near the downtown area to hopefully encourage visitors to stop into the small, largely Latino town and revitalize the area.

By Olga Grigoryants, Daily News  |  February 17, 2021
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California’s Unplanned City in the Sonoran Desert

Slab City, a do-it-yourself, free-wheeling community, has been functioning to some degree for decades. Without any infrastructure or civic institutions, such as police or fire services, it exists by defying normalcy.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  February 18, 2021
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The Promise a Local Politician Can Keep: a Clean City

Every neighborhood should be free of litter, debris and property- and housing-code violations. There's plenty that government can do, including helping residents understand their own role.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  February 18, 2021
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California Might Make Virtual Meetings a Permanent Option

Two state lawmakers proposed a bill that would require all public meetings to have Internet participation options even after in-person meetings return. The bill also suggests requiring translators to increase access.

By Joseph Geha, Mercury News  |  February 16, 2021
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Iowa Governor’s $450M Broadband Buildout Receives Support

Just 18.5 percent of Iowans have access to affordable Internet and the average download speed is the second worst in the nation. But Gov. Reynolds hopes to get Iowans connected over the next three years.

By Michaele Niehaus, The Hawk Eye  |  February 16, 2021
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Our Cities Get Zoning All Wrong. Here’s a Way to Do It Better

When a development causes a problem, we should be dealing with the problem where it exists – not cordoning off whole areas of the city. Let’s scrap the old Euclidean codes and update with market urbanism zoning.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  February 12, 2021
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L.A. Tries to Combat Racial Inequities of COVID Inoculations

Black, Latino and Native American communities have been impacted the most by COVID-19, and yet they have the lowest rate of vaccinations in Los Angeles County. Officials are increasing efforts to fix the racial disparities.

By Ruben Vives, Jaclyn Cosgrove and Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times  |  February 10, 2021
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