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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

2019 Was Seattle’s Lowest Year of Growth in Last Decade

From July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, the city saw its population grow just 1.5 percent. Seattle is now sixth for growth among the 50 most-populous cities; previously it had been in the top two for the last six years.

By Gene Balk, The Seattle Times  |  May 21, 2020
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A Small Town in Texas Turns to Bitcoin Mining to Survive

Rockdale, once home to one of the largest aluminum processing operations in the country, is now the location of what could be one of the world’s biggest bitcoin computing mines. But nothing is guaranteed.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  May 19, 2020
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Many Virginians Still Lack High-Speed Internet Access

Without Internet access, Viriginians can’t work from home, participate in online learning or even order necessities from online retailers. “Government officials have to wake up and realize the Internet is not a luxury.”

By Dave Ress, Emily Holter and Matt Jones, Daily Press   |  May 18, 2020
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COVID-19 Is Permanently Changing Chicago’s Transit

Social distancing has discouraged riders from using public transit, so officials are hoping to encourage alternative transportation methods. But even still, riders need to be reassured that public transit is virus free.

By Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune  |  May 15, 2020
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Cuomo Ordered to Include Sign Language in Daily Briefings

A federal judge ordered Gov. Cuomo to include a sign language interpreter in his daily coronavirus briefings. “We should not have been forced to go to court to ensure the safety of thousands of deaf New Yorkers.”

By Tom Precious, The Buffalo News  |  May 13, 2020
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Five Ways to Make Your Virtual Meetings More Effective

The pandemic has upended how we work and interact in the public and private sector. As the push to work-from-home increases, here are a few tips to maximize the productivity of your virtual meetings.

By Dustin Haisler, Futures and Innovation Editor  |  May 13, 2020
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Pennsylvania Encourages Tech Use to Keep Courts in Session

Cases continue to pile up each day that courts are closed to the public due to COVID-19, so Lehigh County will begin using technology to limit the number of people in courthouses and increase access to public proceedings.

By Laurie Mason Schroeder, The Morning Call  |  May 11, 2020
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Scooter Companies Lose Momentum During Coronavirus

Last March there were 240,000 scooter rides in San Antonio, Texas, whereas there were only 50,000 rides this year. Scooter companies are seeing severe losses as the number of rides has dropped during the coronavirus. The pattern is repeating itself in cities across the country.

By Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News  |  May 11, 2020
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Seattle Will Keep Some Streets Closed Even After Coronavirus

Twenty miles of Seattle streets that have been closed during the pandemic will be permanently closed to car traffic by the end of May. The closures will provide extra space for alternate transportation methods.

By Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times  |  May 8, 2020
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Privacy, Pandemic Concerns Hinder Hispanic Census Responses

Officials worry that citizenship and the coronavirus concerns may deter Latino participation in the 2020 Census. As the coronavirus increases government distrust, encouraging participation is harder than ever.

By Olivia P. Tallet, Houston Chronicle  |  May 7, 2020
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USDA to Invest $23M in New Mexico’s Broadband

As the coronavirus further exposed the state’s connectivity issues, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to expand broadband services to rural New Mexico to help close the digital divide.

By Scott Turner, Albuquerque Journal  |  May 6, 2020
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