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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Over 70,000 Kansas Homes Finally Getting High-Speed Internet

Gov. Kelly announced that the state will use nearly $50 million in COVID-19 aid grants to establish Internet for 76,735 households. An additional $85 million will improve statewide Internet over the next decade.

By Kevin Hardy and Katie Bernard, The Kansas City Star  |  October 9, 2020
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Too Much Government? Or Just Too Many Governments?

Efforts to merge municipalities make a lot of sense, particularly in this virus-plagued, cash-poor moment. But they usually don't succeed. Three struggling Illinois towns are about to try it anyway.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  October 6, 2020
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Is It Time to Rip Out the Farebox?

Making public transit free might seem a crazy idea, but it has benefits that can outweigh the costs. It's widespread in Europe, and more American transit agencies should give it a serious look.

By Thomas Day and Andy Wakefield, Intueor Consulting  |  October 1, 2020
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Historic Preservation Is Great, Except When It Isn’t

It can maintain distinctive urban character, but excessive mandates also can impede the dynamic evolution that cities need. There are market-driven policy reforms to reduce its negative impacts.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  September 28, 2020
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FCC Has Money But Lacks Data for Broadband Implementation

The Federal Communications Commission is ready to auction $20 billion for rural broadband development starting in October, but many lawmakers are nervous that they don’t have accurate enough data to do it correctly.

By Dean DeChiaro, CQ-Roll Call  |  September 22, 2020
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New Mexico’s Legislative Activity Slowed by Bad Internet

In addition to occasionally poor connectivity, the state Legislature has held fewer meetings than normal, which has reduced lawmaking. Some legislators hope the COVID challenges encourage more time efficiency.

By Jens Gould, The Santa Fe New Mexican  |  September 21, 2020
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Next-Gen Transportation Isn’t Going Anywhere Without Data

In a recent Meeting of the Minds panel discussion, transportation experts weighed in on how the future of urban mobility innovation will be tied to a wide range of data sources and thorough analysis.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  September 17, 2020
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COVID Delays Citizenship Process, Prevents Immigrant Voting

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has postponed naturalization interviews and ceremonies, deepening the backlog of applications. For many immigrants, this means that they will miss another opportunity to vote.

By Camila DeChalus, CQ-Roll Call  |  September 9, 2020
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The GOP’s Deceptive Campaign Against Urban America

Cities have had a lot of problems in recent months, but the Trump campaign's focus on those short-term issues ignores the reality that over the longer term they have become safer, cleaner and richer.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  September 9, 2020
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South Carolina Begins $50M Broadband Expansion to 23 Counties

Largely funded from the CARES Act, the state will begin working on implementing 71 broadband expansion projects in 23 counties across the state. But there is still a long way to go before the whole state is connected.

By Joseph Bustos, The State  |  September 8, 2020
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American Cities and the Cure for Machine Mischief

Cities keep lurching between electing their governing bodies from districts and choosing them at large. The district approach is gaining, but its fragmentation doesn't promote a broad view of community needs.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  September 8, 2020
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