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The Conversation

The remote British village that built one of the fastest internet networks in the UK

Nestled between Lancashire’s stand-out beauty, the Forest of Bowland, and the breathtaking vistas of the Yorkshire Dales, the serene, postcard-perfect village of Clapham seems far removed from the COVID-19 pandemic. But when the British government announced a nationwide lockdown in mid-March, Clapham went on high alert.

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Deseret News

The changing landscape of the West

HEBER CITY — Addison Hicken dreams of looking out and only seeing fields. Fields that stretch out to the horizon. Fields that require long days worked and large families to work them.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the recurring issues that this newsletter covers is urban sprawl. Here Sofia Jeremias goes in-depth on what is happening to farmers in Utah as real estate developments pop up around them.

The Hill

Americans leave large cities for suburban areas and rural towns

A combination of the coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social unrest is prompting waves of Americans to leave large cities and permanently relocate to more sparsely populated areas. This trend has been accelerated by technology and shifting attitudes that make it easier than ever to work remotely. People of all ages and incomes are moving in record numbers to suburban areas and small towns.

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Governing

Is Houston the American City of the Future?

A scholar who’s been studying the place for half a century thinks so, and it does seem to be ahead of other cities in some respects. But there also are some ways it’s behind the curve.

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BBC

How will London’s economy look after lockdown?

Coronavirus is changing London. Some of it may be temporary, as the capital adjusts to the presence of an invisible killer, some of it will be more permanent.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the other ongoing themes you’re likely to see in “Cities” is how coronavirus impacts the mega-metropolises. Here the BBC looks at different angles such as commuting when pondering the future of the Big Smoke.

Arizona Daily Star

Speedway’s label as ‘ugliest street in the US’ can be traced back to Tucson’s 1962 mayor

Lew Davis, a Pittsburgh-born real estate developer turned political leader, had been mayor of Tucson less than 30 days when he uttered the remark that would create enduring national notoriety for the Old Pueblo.

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The Conversation

Public housing ‘renewal’ likely to drive shift to private renters, not owners, in Sydney

A target of 70% private and 30% public dwellings is an accepted standard for public housing renewal projects in several Australian states. This level of private ownership is said to be necessary to counter stigma and the supposed demotivating impacts of concentrated disadvantage

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The Guardian

‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist?

Toxic masculinity is built into the fabric of our urban spaces, writes Leslie Kern, author of new book Feminist City. And the results aren’t just divisive – they can be lethal

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Chatelaine

Why More Families Are Moving In With The Grandparents

Millennials are called the “boomerang generation” because we’ve been moving back in with our parents in droves. Now that we have kids of our own, we’re bringing them with us, too.

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Editor’s Note:

This piece will perhaps also be featured in our “Gen-Z to Boomers” newsletter on generations, but has major implications for the way that real estate works. Sadiya Dendar covers the huge rise in multi-generational homes in Canada.

New York Times

Why New York Buses Are on the Rise in a Subway City

During the coronavirus pandemic, daily ridership on buses has surpassed the subway for the first time in over half a century.

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