The Fed Is Bailing Out Polluters While Cities Struggle

By Kate Aronoff, The New Republic. -

Ever since bailout talk began this spring, climate campaigners have worried funds would be funneled to Big Oil and other polluting giants. Now it seems that fear was more than justified. While [...]

Poor Neighborhoods Are Only Getting Poorer

By Marie Patino, CityLab. -

The latest maps of coronavirus cases in the U.S. confirm much of what we already know about the economics of location: People in poor neighborhoods have it worse. Health care isn’t as accessible, [...]

Solidarity Cities In Europe: A New Urban Policy Approach

By Staff, Roarmag.com -

Across Europe, urban solidarity movements are gaining momentum. Under the label of “Welcoming Cities,” “Cities of Refuge” or “Solidarity Cities,” civil society groups, local politicians and city [...]

Cities In The Crosshairs Are Pushing Back Against Nuclear Weapons

By Jon Letman, Truthout.org -

Two years after a mistakenly sent text alert warning of an inbound ballistic missile threat caused widespread panic and confusion across Hawaii, cities remain potential targets and nuclear [...]

Who Are Extinction Rebellion, The UK-Born Activist Group Holding Cities To Ransom?

By Tom Connick, Nme.com -

With many major London thoroughfares brought to a standstill for the third day running, activist group Extinction Rebellion have succeeded in making a statement it’s impossible to ignore. Oxford [...]

You Can’t Design Bike-Friendly Cities Without Considering Race And Class

By Anne Lusk, The Conversation. -

Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air [...]

How Struggling Dayton, Ohio, Reveals The Chasm Among American Cities

By Alec MacGillis, Propublica.org -

“Left Behind America,” a ProPublica/Frontline collaboration, premieres on PBS on Sept. 11 and can also be streamed. The news this past year has been full of the tribulations facing the cities at [...]

Guerrilla Grafting: Public Trees Spliced To Bear Edible Fruit

By Kurt, Web Urbanist. -

A subversive urban agricultural group in San Francisco is turning ornamental trees into fruit-producing surprises for the local population but while technically breaking the law. A simple [...]

The Curfew Myth

By Ivonne Roman, Themarshallproject.org -

It’s a summer ritual in many American cities — declaring a juvenile curfew to keep troublemaking teenagers off the streets. This summer at least one city—Austin—has decided not to sound the [...]

There’s An Unexpected Downfall To Banning Plastic Straws. Here’s What To Consider.

By Parker Molloy, Upworthy.com -

Nobody likes waste, but sometimes in our rush to eliminate it, we don't think through the consequences of our actions. Take, for example, the push to ban plastic straws. As of July 1, restaurants [...]

City-Level Action Is The Right Way To Tackle Emissions

By Staff, M.phys.org -

Countries seeking to meet Paris Agreement targets on CO2 emissions must get a grip on the amount of pollution produced at city level, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia [...]

After Centuries Of Housing Racism, A Southern City Gets Innovative

By Adam Lynch, Yesmagazine.org -

Denise Fitzgerald’s property abuts the string of quiet, empty lots that line Ewing Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Recently she was leaf-blowing detritus shed by the enormous sycamore tree [...]

Radical Municipalism: Fearless Cities

By Staff, Blog.p2pfoundation.net -

Jenny Gellatly and Marcos Rivero: Fear and uncertainty seem to have settled into our societies, not only among citizens, but also political leaders and transnational corporations who see their [...]

What Happens To A One-Industry Town When The One Industry Is The Military?

By Dahr Jamail, Truth-out.org -

According to that report, NAS Whidbey contributed $726 million to the economy of Island County in 2011, in addition to other ways the military base benefited the community where it is located, [...]

Cities With Most Immigration Raids In Fiscal Year 2017

By Liz Posner, AlterNet.org -

Raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have increased drastically since Donald Trump moved into the White House. Across the country, 2017 saw 30 percent more ICE arrests [...]

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