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Citizen-Times | 5 interesting findings from Asheville bear study

Citizen-Times | 5 interesting findings from Asheville bear study

"Researchers kicked off the study in the spring by catching bears using baited culvert traps — large metal containers with a doors that slam shut when a bear goes inside. Captured bears were tranquilized to allow researchers to attach the collars, then released unharmed a short time later. "The GPS collars are programmed to automatically [...]

NYTimes.com | In San Francisco and Rooting for a Tech Comeuppance

NYTimes.com | In San Francisco and Rooting for a Tech Comeuppance

"For every person who moves to San Francisco, another two start commuting to work here. Traffic is down to a crawl: The average afternoon speed on the roads feeding into the highways has dropped 20 percent in the last two years. And the BART trains are squeezed tight: Since 2012, average morning rush-hour ridership from the East Bay has risen 30 [...]

Rooflines | Seeking True “Multifamily” Housing

Rooflines | Seeking True “Multifamily” Housing

Image by Aaron Burden from Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/aaronburden) "City planners and real estate professionals use the term 'multifamily' to describe apartment and condominium buildings. But is there a greater misnomer in our field? Most of our nation’s apartment stock is comprised of one- and two-bedroom units better suited for singles [...]

CityLab | Historic Preservation Districts Are Key to Great Cities

CityLab | Historic Preservation Districts Are Key to Great Cities

"Historic preservation districts also help Americans to tell the story of their nation, in all its complexity and diversity. No one would argue that certain historic districts feature grand historic homes and affluent residents. But for every Georgetown or Beacon Hill, there are places like Eatonville, Florida, or Detroit’s Corktown, modest [...]

The Guardian | San Francisco tech worker: ‘I don’t want to see homeless riff-raff’

The Guardian | San Francisco tech worker: ‘I don’t want to see homeless riff-raff’

"In only the latest cultural altercation between San Francisco’s tech workers and the city’s impoverished population, one tech worker has declared the homeless are 'riff raff' whose 'pain, struggle and despair' shouldn’t have to be endured by 'wealthy' people commuting to work." Read the entire article at the Guardian: San Francisco tech [...]

The New Yorker | Google’s Driverless Car

The New Yorker | Google’s Driverless Car

"At first, it was a little alarming to see the steering wheel turn by itself, but that soon passed. The car clearly knew what it was doing. When the driver beside us drifted into our lane, the Lexus drifted the other way, keeping its distance. When the driver ahead hit his brakes, the Lexus was already slowing down. Its sensors could see so far in [...]

Better! Cities & Towns Online | A city street is a terrible thing to waste

Better! Cities & Towns Online | A city street is a terrible thing to waste

"November 13th—Friday the 13th—marked the 13th day in a row that a pedestrian died on a New York City Street, all killed by cars or buses going too fast. These fatalities occurred because despite all the progress New York has made since Mayor de Blasio and his DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg signed the Vision Zero Pledge in December 2013 [...]

The Guardian | Who owns our cities – and why this urban takeover should concern us all

The Guardian | Who owns our cities – and why this urban takeover should concern us all

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/nov/24/who-owns-our-cities-and-why-this-urban-takeover-should-concern-us-all "The corporatising of access and control over urban land has extended not only to high-end urban sites, but also to the land beneath the homes of modest households and government offices. We are witnessing an unusually large scale [...]

The Guardian | Guardian ‘mayors for a day’ demand more public spaces in their cities

The Guardian | Guardian ‘mayors for a day’ demand more public spaces in their cities

Image from the Guardian (click through for photo information) "Throughout the past year, bloggers from across the world have been asked to name one thing they would change about their city if they were mayor for a day. Almost half of the 36 who made these one-minute video “manifestos” requested more inclusive spaces for their fellow [...]

Digital Journal | Power robs the brain of empathy

Digital Journal | Power robs the brain of empathy

Image from Digital Journal (click through for photo information) "Researchers have some new insights into how power diminishes a person's capacity for empathy. According to scientists, a sense of power shuts down a part of the brain that helps us connect with others. "For their study that builds on past information about how the brain [...]

The Atlantic | The Supreme Court Barely Saves the Fair Housing Act

The Atlantic | The Supreme Court Barely Saves the Fair Housing Act

"From a distance, the result in Inclusive Communities looks like a win. Writing for himself and the four moderate-liberals, Justice Kennedy explained that the disparate-impact interpretation had a lot going for it: it tracks two other Court precedents concerning the employment-discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age [...]

PreservationNation Blog | Tuberculosis Sanitariums: Reminders of the White Plague

PreservationNation Blog | Tuberculosis Sanitariums: Reminders of the White Plague

"In 1884, Dr. Edward Trudeau, a consumptive himself, opened the first public tuberculosis sanitarium in Saranac Lake, New York. His first open-air cottage, 'Little Red,' inspired the design of a number of institutions throughout the country that prescribed fresh air and sunlight as a cure for tuberculosis. "These initial open-air shacks [...]

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