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Lancet Study Warns of Global Health Crisis and 1 Billion Climate Refugees by 2050

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Climate Change

One Nation, Under The Weight of Crushing Debt

An interactive map shows the where the highest concentrations of households with unpaid bills are.<p>Not much unites Americans these days, except perhaps, past-due bills. A third of American households are currently in debt, and in the second quarter of 2017, they owed a record $13 trillion altogether.<p>…

Equality

Another Victim of the Tax Bill: Housing for Artists

A Kansas senator added an amendment to the Senate tax bill that would prohibit developers from using housing tax credits to build artists' housing.<p>Lofts and studios for low-income artists may suffer a major blow if the Republican effort to overhaul the tax system is signed into law.<p>An amendment to …

Housing

Can Coloring Books Demystify Bike-Lane Design?

To share concepts from its “low-stress” bicycle master plan, Montgomery County, Maryland, chose the ultimate stress-busting medium of the coloring book.<p>On October 14, officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, ceremonially opened a new protected bike lane in downtown Silver Spring, a fast-urbanizing …

Economic Inequality and Health Inequality are Inextricably Linked

It’s lack of economic opportunity that is dooming more Americans to “diseases of despair.”<p>The devastation to struggling small towns and cities of Appalachia and the Northeast unleashed by the opioid epidemic has brought renewed attention to the connection between the physical health of individuals …

Equality

Air pollution wipes out benefits of exercise, study warns

Traffic pollution poses health risks for older people and unborn babies according to two separate studies published today.<p>Research in the journal <i>The</i> …

Pollution

Will America's Schools Ever Be Desegrated?

Though there are practical barriers to school integration, it’s not an unreachable ideal.<p>Only a few years ago, school desegregation was a topic confined to history books—a tumultuous chapter of the civil rights era, starting with <i>Brown</i> v. <i>Board of Education</i> and ending, ignominiously, with the …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tucson’s Police Chief: Sessions’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Will Make Cities More Dangerous

TUCSON — As the police chief here, I’m deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s campaign against “sanctuary cities,” which refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities. Washington is trying to retaliate against them by withholding funding for things like crime prevention, …

Immigration

Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

Why does school start so early? Blame 1970s planning.<p>When Ameen Al-Dalli was a sophomore in high school in 2014, each weekday before sunrise he would walk the quiet, tree-lined streets of Fairfax, Virginia, to the school bus stop. Because Ameen’s public school, about five miles away, started at …

Education

Building Complete and Connected Networks

Creating a Low Stress Bicycle Network<p>We like to think that all people could potentially become bicyclists. A bicycle network will attract a large …

Cycling

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Learn more about the Food Is Medicine movement and how doctors' prescriptions for fruits and vegetables are improving health outcomes in their …

Cities revisit parking policies to increase TOD success - National Resources & Technical Assistance For Transit-Oriented Development

Walkers and cyclists in Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Los Angeles Times)<p>Santa Monica, CA, once known for pioneering the downtown public parking …

Urban Design

"We need architects to work on ordinary briefs, for ordinary people"

The UK may be full of talented architects and designers, says Finn Williams, but not enough of them are working on the mundane buildings of our …

Cities

5 ways to cut the cost of your commute

<i>In this week's installment of USA TODAY's Taming your budget-busting bills series we look at how to cut your transportation costs.</i><p>Americans today are spending big on housing, but they're also paying a lot to get to and from their happy homes.<p>At about $750 a month, transportation ranks just after …

Transportation

Diagnosing NYC’s Vacant Storefront Problem

Adi Talwar<p>A vacant storefront at West 90th St and Amsterdam Ave that was noted in a report by the office of Councilmember Helen Rosenthal.<p>The number …

Staten Island

The Dollar General CEO just accidentally made clear how screwed up the economy is

“The economy is continuing to create more of our core customer.”<p>Here’s a grim picture of the state of the American economy: The CEO of Dollar General explained to the Wall Street Journal why things are looking up for his company.<p>Dollar General, with about 14,000 stores across the country and a $22 …

Economy

Making the Case

Who Faces Limited Food Access?<p>Healthy Food Access: Economic Impact<p>Healthy Food Access: Health Impact

Healthy Eating

Pushing New Yorkers Beyond the End of the Line

In single potent strokes, the piston of mass transit drives the simultaneous creation of tremendous wealth and grinding hardship in New York. The distance between those two can be measured by the length of a morning’s commute.<p>Priced out of a Queens neighborhood that was closer to work, Jaime Leon, …

In Praise of Street Trees

A solid street tree canopy in Tulsa, OK (Photo by Daniel Jeffries)The humble tree offers myriad benefits for the streets of our towns, says a recent …

Real Estate

Macon, Georgia, Striped a Good Network of Temporary Bike Lanes and Cycling Soared

What would it take to get people biking in midsized Macon, Georgia? Short, disconnected bike lanes haven’t done much, but a recent experiment …

Cycling

Why cities are full of uncomfortable benches

It's not just you — they’re an example of hostile architecture.<p>New York is filled with some of the most innovative architecture and urban planning in the world. Nearly every kind of public space in the city has been developed with close attention to detail. And those details offer not-so-invisible …

Cities

The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

BERKELEY, Calif. — The house at 1310 Haskell Street does not look worthy of a bitter neighborhood war. The roof is rotting, the paint is chipping, and while the lot is long and spacious, the backyard has little beyond overgrown weeds and a garage sprouting moss.<p>The owner was known for hoarding junk …

Marketing

Grocery stores are making gains—by eating their own

Forget what you’re hearing about online shopping. There are more grocery stores than ever.At least, that’s the word from the United States Department …

eCommerce

Rallying behind maternal and newborn health: A new impact bond launches in India

By Emily Gustafsson-Wright, Izzy Boggild-JonesTomorrow, the world’s 5th development impact bond (DIB) will launch at the Global Entrepreneurship …

Human Resources

Revving Up Rural Public Transit

When the sun rises over Plainview, Nebraska, Arnold Oltjenbruns is already up and ready for work. Beginning at 7:30 A.M., he picks up the kids that …

Urban Design

Walking While Black’

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issues hundreds of pedestrian citations a year, drawing on an array of 28 separate statutes governing how people …

Justice

4 Easy Steps to Squash the "There's No Parking" Argument

Parking

Where Do Urban Animals Go When Their Habitats Disappear?

“It’s not like when a bird flies into Boston, it goes, ‘I’m in a city now.’”<p>A grove of five or six mature trees, some of them rising more than 50 feet into the air, once grew on a lot abutting our East Boston yard. In the summer, they shaded the cluster of five townhouses that wrapped around the …

Boston
Housing