The Future of Community Design

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s new Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program will provide $1 billion to improve Internet access for tribal governments, colleges and organizations.
The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has limited the languages available for written driver’s license tests to seven options, removing some of the state’s most-widely spoken languages.
President Biden seeks to broaden the definition of a crucial piece of government. It’s part of a debate that's been going on more than two centuries.
It’s clear that adding lanes to urban expressways or building new ones doesn’t reduce congestion. Sometimes it makes things worse. So why do we keep doing it?
Smart policies can ensure that low- and moderate-income households can find suitable housing in good neighborhoods where transportation costs are low. The research is clear: upzoning works.
Six counties around the California capital are developing plans for a regional trail system that would provide safe spaces for walking and biking, especially for under-resourced and low-income neighborhoods.
Twenty years ago, hundreds of Black neighborhoods in major cities were in good shape financially. Even before the pandemic, however, a majority had slipped into poverty.
Tens of thousands of people die on our streets and highways every year. There are proven evidence-based strategies that could make our roads safe for everyone.
A new state law requires publicly traded companies to diversify their leadership boards but Latinos are being left out, occupying only 2.3 percent of boardroom seats despite being 40 percent of the state’s population.
New research calls into question the efficacy of America’s largest affordable housing program. Among working-class families, one in four renter households paid over half their income in rent in 2017.
Several Congressional lawmakers are lobbying to secure funding for a high-speed train that would travel from Boston to New York City in 100 minutes or less, as well as other rail improvements.
Mayor London Breed announced that the city will aim to be carbon neutral by 2045 and the municipal electric program CleanPowerSF will provide carbon-free electricity by 2025, both are five years earlier than previously outlined.
Many of them are more interested in pandering to hungry corporations than they are in making investments in their citizens.
The Internet law may be the first of its kind and aims to connect the 40 percent of households that have incomes of less than $30,000 a year and the 34 percent of Black households that don’t have Internet at home.
A report from WalletHub ranked the diversity of 501 cities using 13 different metrics. Houston, Texas, was the most diverse while Provo, Utah, was the least.
While research shows that more diverse juries come to fairer decisions than homogenous ones, a survey found that most Washington juries lacked diversity. Officials are working to change that.
We miss the locally owned shops that once sustained community on our Main Streets. We need to try to sustain them in a radically different economic world.
After complaints from a county employee of racial discrimination in the workplace, Black faith and political leaders want county officials to address a growing culture of anti-Blackness.
The City Council expanded regulations on where micromobility devices are allowed and where they can be dismounted. E-scooters received the biggest change and are now allowed on streets, bike lanes and multi-use paths.
Once an overlooked part of the urban landscape, the curb is now considered hot real estate in many cities. The demands of delivery services, ridesharing and micromobility have cities re-examining how they manage their assets.
Residents complain about every two days of bad odors, so the city is now requiring 330 industrial facilities to submit odor control plans as well as installing e-nose sensors to detect and mitigate the stenches.
Washington has proposed the new tax and fee increases to help expand, replace and maintain transportation routes across the state. With the proposed revenue boost, the state could raise $15.3 billion.
While the Miami-Dade region has been ranked one of the most-diverse tech hubs in the nation, local officials want to continue striving for diversity in the area’s tech and venture ecosystem.
Across the country, houses of worship are shuttering by the thousands. Municipalities have a role in finding new uses for abandoned buildings that have long anchored communities and neighborhoods.
A variety of public-private partnerships will fund broadband expansion to East Cleveland, one of the least connected cities in the nation. Households will get 4G service with 50 mbps download speeds for just $15 a month.
The SpaceX chief executive wants to create a city that encompasses the community of Boca Chica Village, Texas, to help the space company prosper. But creating an incorporated city is complicated and difficult.
Just about everybody agrees that we need more affordable housing, and there are lots of ideas for making it happen. So far, though, none of them have come to much.
COVID-19 has underscored the value of parks and public spaces. A new survey shows that US mayors have gotten the message, but post-pandemic plans for public spaces remain largely undefined.
Congress has filed a bill that would provide $205 billion for high-speed rail projects across the nation. But skeptics don’t think a bullet train will ever come to Texas after a decade of empty promises.
These powerful tools of artificial intelligence can reflect a history of systemic bias. But they could be used to promote equity and help close the nation's yawning racial wealth gap.
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