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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Groups Working to Mobilize Black Voters See Progress

Voter-mobilization groups are utilizing the pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd to encourage voter registration, and it’s working. In June, one nonprofit registered nearly 15,000 new voters.

By Megan Botel and Isaiah Muraugh, Los Angeles Times  |  July 29, 2020
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For Deaf Students, eLearning and Masks Increase Challenges

In New Mexico’s deaf schools, e-learning loses the immersive environment that helps students learn American Sign Language. But even for in-person lessons, masks hide many of the facial expressions that ASL relies on.

By Kyle Land, Albuquerque Journal  |  July 28, 2020
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Philadelphia’s Transit Requires Masks, but Some Riders Say No

SEPTA has required face coverings since June, but many riders aren’t adhering to the rule. Many are discouraged by the lack of masks and are opting for other forms of transportation. “I’m not jumping back on there for a while.”

By Patricia Madej, The Philadelphia Inquirer  |  July 27, 2020
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San Diego Using COVID-19 to Create a ‘City of the Future’

San Diego officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to accelerate its plans of becoming a ‘city of the future’ by having more people work from home, utilizing more technology and streamlining how the city serves its public.

By David Garrick, The San Diego Union-Tribune  |  July 24, 2020
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The Pandemic and the Suburbs’ Second Chance

They've been trying for a long time to attract city dwellers by installing amenities that urbanites crave. COVID-19 fears are providing them with a new opportunity to get it right.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  July 23, 2020
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Public Transit Will Survive the Pandemic Because it’s Cheap

Public transit has severely suffered during this period of social distancing, but experts believe that riders will return because rides are cheap and not everyone who needs transportation can afford a car.

By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press  |  July 20, 2020
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New San Diego Ordinances Would Regulate Smart Streetlights

Last year, San Diego pushed back against the streetlight cameras the city had installed with concerns about privacy. Now, the city has proposed ordinances for governing current and future surveillance technology.

By Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union-Tribune  |  July 16, 2020
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New Jersey Lawyers Raise Concerns Over Virtual Grand Juries

Attorneys across the state have expressed their worries over the Garden State’s decision to use virtual grand juries amid the pandemic. “The sanctimony of the criminal justice system is under attack.”

By Joe Atmonavage, NJ Advance Media Group  |  July 16, 2020
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Pennsylvania Increases Focus on Rural Broadband

The coronavirus pandemic has emphasized how much of Pennsylvania still lacks access to high-speed Internet. Lawmakers are making broadband access a priority and view it as an investment in the state’s well-being.

By J.D. Prose, Beaver County Times  |  July 15, 2020
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A Vision for Housing Policy for the Future

Over a long career, Eugene Jones Jr. has led several big-city public-housing agencies. In an interview, he discusses the federal landscape, affordable housing and political accountability.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  July 15, 2020
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Census Adapts to Pandemic and Continues Count Encouragement

Even with the coronavirus still at large across the nation, workers continue to encourage participation in the Census. Mask-wearing, social-distance-practicing enumerators will begin surveying in Tacoma by July 23.

By Patty Hastings, The Columbian  |  July 14, 2020
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