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The truth about black unemployment in America

Kansas City is booming. Employers and investors have poured into the midwestern city since the recession. At least $1bn has gone into its sparkling new downtown, revitalized arts district and shiny new condos. So why is Sly James, its highly regarded outgoing mayor, so unhappy?<p>James, who steps down …

Kansas City

Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality

New evidence shows that unions played a major role in reducing income inequality in the United States in the decades when organized labor was strong.<p>But it also demonstrates that the decline in union power since the 1960s — which may be exacerbated as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision — …

Income Inequality

Black Churches, Powerful Cultural Forces, Set Their Sites on Food Security

On a warm weekend in early May, Reverend Heber Brown of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore led a delegation of his members on a tour of …

Urban Agriculture

Diversity in architecture is improving—sort of

New NCARB data shows more nonwhite members of the profession, but attrition rates remain high<p>Last week, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) released preliminary data from its 2018 edition of “By The Numbers,” an annual report about the architecture industry’s …

Licensing

Camilo Vergara Takes His Camera to Lexington and 125th

Camilo José Vergara takes his camera to the intersection Lou Reed sang about in 1967.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of Camilo José Vergara’s</i> Crossroads <i>project. Previous stories covered Newark’s “Four Corners,” the Bronx’s “Hub,” and Bed-Stuy’s Fulton and Nostrand.</i><p>As an urban …

Salvation Army

The Perfect Way to Explore Modern Kansas City? A Streetcar, Believe It or Not

In 2002, when Sylvester “Sly” James moved his law office to downtown Kansas City, Mo., he made a wager with a colleague. “I bet him I could walk across Main Street naked at 6 p.m. and nobody would see it,” he recalled. “And the proof that I was right is that no video of that has ever shown up on …

Urban Design

It Just Got a Lot Easier to Connect Health Data to Other Data

A map showing census tract percentages of households where 30 percent or more of household income is spent on housing costs, from the new City Health …

Public Health

Do You Feel Secure?

For decades, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design has touted the efficacy of bollards, gates, and cameras in deterring violent acts — with …

Urban Design

Charlotte City Council Fully Funds Bike Lane Expansion Plan

Charlotte is planning to add more bike lanes. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The citywide bike plan that the Charlotte City Council approved last year …

Cities

Fixing the New Urban Crisis

Cities are at the heart of the inequality that divides the nation. They’re also the key to the solution.<p>Editor's Note: This is the last of our series of excerpts from Richard Florida’s new book, “<i>The New Urban Crisis.”</i><p>When was the last time you heard a national politician talk thoughtfully about …

Income Inequality

Why Little Vehicles Will Conquer the City

Nearly all of them look silly, but if taken seriously, they could be a really big deal for urban transportation.<p>The public reaction to the arrival of dockless bikes and electric scooters in U.S. cities can be tracked in stages. The first stage, for many, was annoyance. Who were these grown men and …

Los Angeles

The Mellow Chicago Bike Map: Our guide to the lowest-stress routes in the city

Consider opting out of riding on our city’s hectic, car-choked arterials in favor of peaceful side streets. Despite what the yellow signs say, if you …

Maps

What To Do About the Rise of Mega-Regions

We need to make urbanism more inclusive and democratic if we want to realize a better future, and that means devolving power from the dysfunctional nation-state to cities and neighborhoods.<p><i>The below piece was published as the lead story in Aspenia, an Italian journal on international affairs. Their</i> …

Brookings Institution

Urbanists Could Learn a Lot From Anthony Bourdain

The work of the acclaimed chef and writer, who has died at 61, provides a model for a truly inclusive urbanism based on the creativity of all human beings.<p>Anthony Bourdain is one of the two people who have most inspired my work on cities and urbanism. Where Jane Jacobs helped define my intellectual …

Anthony Bourdain

The high cost of abandoned property, and how cities can push back

“The Empty House Next Door” examines the epidemic of vacant homes and lots, and how neighborhoods are finding solutions<p>The vacant homes strewn across many U.S. cities create blighted gaps on the landscape. While empty reminders of past development may present community challenges, according to a …

Americans can spend a majority of their time in a few spaces in their home and still want large homes

A research team affiliated with UCLA studied American families and where they spend most of their time while inside their homes. The results were …

Can Green Infrastructure Save America's Capital from Overflowing Sewage?

Can Green Infrastructure Save America's Capital from Overflowing Sewage?Ambitious plan aims to keep waste out of rivers without massive new …

Here's what could happen to America's hundreds of dead malls

Its architect, John Graham Jr., pioneered the dumbbell, big-box shape for malls, in which two rows of stores face each other and two department stores anchor each end. Graham also gave Northgate Mall a grocery store (which later became a food court) and a huge parking lot. In the decades that …

The Trump Administration Just Derailed a Key Obama Rule on Housing Segregation

HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing policy required communities to confront racial inequities in housing. Now, it’s being postponed.<p>The Trump administration is rolling back the deadline for a key rule on fair housing made into law under President Barack Obama—a change with potentially broad …

Protesters call out gentrification by blocking Google commuter buses with 'tech' scooters

People protesting tech and gentrification in the Mission today blocked tech buses with scooters and yelled "fuck google"pic.twitter.com/A7LyhN7Rp1<p>168 …

SNAP Works in Milwaukee: Sam Rinehart

Trump’s abandonment of Paris climate deal to cost U.S. economy trillions, new study reveals

Benefits of climate action are over a hundred times larger than the cost of cutting carbon pollution<p>A new study from Stanford finds that failure to …

Six Cities Join NLC Policy Academy on Young Adults and the Justice System

When policies fail to align across city, county and state governments, impediments to the efficient protection of public safety are often the result. …

How to “Green” Your Schoolyard

Nature-related projects have been gaining popularity on school campuses since the late 1990s.Environmental city planner, Sharon Danks, for example, …

How Centuries of Protest Shaped New York City

A new book traces the “citymaking process” of riots and rebellions since the era of Dutch colonization to the present.<p>There are many ways to tell the history of a city—through its architecture, its local politics, its waves of immigration, even its rats. In a new volume, Don Mitchell, an emeritus …

Mapping the Segregation of Metro Atlanta’s Amenities

A new mapping project shows how segregation is a matter of whether you have close access to a grocery store, hospital, bank, or park—amenities that influence your quality of life.<p>CityLab’s series on metro Atlanta’s cityhood movement follows how new cities have been forming across that region, …

Revisiting the New Urban Crisis

The shift toward a more inclusive urbanism has begun. But it will require time, commitment from city institutions, and political agency at the local level.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is an adapted version of the epilogue to the newly released paperback edition of</i> The New Urban Crisis.<p>A colleague who heard …

Freespace: architects rethink space and the city – in pictures

Freespace is the theme of this year’s Venice architectural biennale, which runs from 26 May to 25 November 2018. The exhibition showcases work from some of the world’s most exciting architects – here’s a selection of the most eye-catching and intriguing urban explorations at this year’s exhibition.

Architecture

Cash converters: could this Dutch scheme stop drivers speeding?

The city of Helmond is trialling a speed sensor with a difference – motorists who observe the speed limit earn cash for local projects<p>A Dutch city is hoping to target speeding motorists by rewarding those who keep to the limit with cash for their community – car by car, and cent by cent.<p>A …

Netherlands