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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

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When Young Turks Take Over a Government

Charlotte's majority-millennial city council has accomplished a few things, but mostly what its members have done is squabble with each other. Succeeding as a 'change agent' is harder than it might seem.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  November 25, 2020
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Not All Neighborhoods Want Slow Streets. Here’s Why

Well-intentioned transportation projects during the COVID-19 pandemic to slow or remove traffic from city streets tended to serve mostly wealthy, white neighborhoods, said equity activists at the CoMotion LA conference.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  November 25, 2020
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Delaware’s Rest Stop Mystery: Questions About a Roadside Oasis

There’s a highway rest stop at Smyrna, Del., that’s so big and luxurious people get married there. How did that happen and what does it say about America’s tax-supported transportation priorities?

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  November 24, 2020
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Communities of Color Still Concerned About COVID-19 Vaccine

Due to healthcare’s racist history, many people of color are nervous that the COVID vaccine is being politically manipulated to seem safe. There will need to be a systemic shift for people of color to build medical trust.

By Jonathan Wosen and Andrea Lopez-Villafana, The San Diego Union-Tribune  |  November 23, 2020
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Norfolk to Build a More Tech, Climate Resilient Waterfront

The city aims to be “the most resilient community in America,” not only by defending against rising sea level, but also by developing cyberdefenses, medical advances and supply chains to ensure an overall resilient community.

By Kimberly Pierceall, The Virginian-Pilot  |  November 20, 2020
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Hartford Invests $10 Million into a Downtown Slow Street

The city will reimagine a stretch of downtown Main Street into a bike- and pedestrian-friendly slow street in hopes of generating more retail and restaurant business. But no city money has been spent yet.

By Michael Hamad, Harford Courant  |  November 20, 2020
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How to Make Streets Work for All of Us

Retrofitting ordinary curb space from free parking into “complete streets” will be a good move financially and aesthetically for all sorts of stakeholders. Incremental, bottoms-up approaches work the best.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  November 19, 2020
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How Can We Define Suburbia? Start With the Numbers.

We think we know it when we see it, but no one's come up with a perfect way to describe it in our complex metro landscape. A look at population data is a helpful place to begin.

By Pete Saunders, Urban Affairs Columnist  |  November 18, 2020
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Sacramento County Might Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis

The Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution to increase the county’s role in addressing systemic racism and to establish an oversight committee. Half of the county’s residents are nonwhite.

By Michael Finch II and Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee  |  November 17, 2020
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A Biden Administration Could Encourage Contact Tracing Apps

As the nation’s COVID-19 numbers spike, President-elect Joe Biden’s task force could encourage contact tracing apps as a way to slow the spread. Less than half of the states are currently using the technology.

By Gopal Ratnam, CQ-Roll Call  |  November 17, 2020
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Massachusetts Looks to Fund Bluetooth Contact Tracing

The state hopes to get bidders for its contact tracing program that would use Bluetooth signals from mobile devices to track the spread of COVID-19. Part of the program would use Google and Apple’s contact tracing tech.

By Steph Solis, Masslive.com  |  November 16, 2020
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