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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Black Community Pushes Durham Officials to Address Racial Bias

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.

By Charlie Innis, The News & Observer  |  April 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Boulder Expands Where E-Scooters Can Travel and Park

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.

By Deborah Swearingen, Daily Camera  |  April 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Cities Focus on Urban Curbs and How to Manage Them

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.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  April 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Denver’s “Electronic Noses” to Purify Foul-Smelling Air

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.

By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post  |  April 13, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Churches Are Closing. It’s a Challenge for Local Governments.

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.

By Rick Reinhard, The Lakelands Institute  |  April 13, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

State Proposes 33 Tax and Fee Increases for Transportation

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.

By Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times  |  April 12, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Miami Renews Focus on Diversifying Tech Ecosystem

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.

By Rob Wile, The Miami Herald  |  April 9, 2021
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2,000 Low-Income Cleveland Homes to Receive High-Speed Internet

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.

By Peter Krouse, cleveland.com  |  April 8, 2021
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Assessments

The Great Housing Debate: A Profusion of Panaceas

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.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  April 7, 2021
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What Would It Look Like if Elon Musk Were to Create a City?

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.

By Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times  |  April 2, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Algorithmic Redlining Is Real. Why Not Algorithmic Greenlining?

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.

By Vinhcent Le, The Greenlining Institute  |  April 2, 2021
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