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  • Encroachment and loneliness
  • Trump and suburbs
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  • Industrial Seattle
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Kenosha is a Test Of Donald Trump’s ‘Law-and-Order’ Message

Rolando Morales is the kind of voter that President Donald Trump is desperate to win. A 41-year-old stay-at-home dad in Racine, Wis., Morales voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and his wife and her family are solid Democrats. But he’s alarmed by the violence that erupted in nearby Kenosha after police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back on Aug. 23.

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Times Now News

Urban encroachment and loneliness – how a lone sparrow under a tree could become metaphor for social warmth

Jagannath Panda on art, influences and how giving back GST that government collects from the art and culture industry to the artists can help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What are community land trusts? And what could they do to address the Twin Cities’ affordable housing crisis? | MinnPost

Why some advocates say the idea could play an important role in easing the area’s housing crunch.

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What’s Changed? – The Big Picture

How has the pandemic changed working lives?

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Meeting of the Minds

Using Smart City Technology to Adapt to COVID Mobility Preferences

As cities continue to fight against COVID-19, citizens are changing their commuting preferences to adjust to a new way of life. Cities across the globe have experienced significant increases in the number of pedestrians, cyclists, and private cars on the roads as a result of public transport restrictions and social distancing requirements. This has created many new challenges, as cities previously dependent on public transport must now adapt to accommodate more vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.

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New York Times

Minnesota seemed ripe for a Trump breakout. It has not arrived.

DULUTH, Minn. — For a campaign event featuring Donald Trump Jr., the brash-talking, liberal-dunking namesake of the president, it was all rather mundane.

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Atlanta Journal Constitution

At suburban strip mall, business is bad and good as pandemic grinds on

At Exquisite Hair Salon, owner Tishonnia Gross has lost stylists who fear catching the virus while cutting or coloring hair. She eliminated walk-in appointments, which reduced bookings. And an unannounced visit by an examiner from the state Board of Cosmetology and Barbers could spell the end.

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San Francisco Chronicle

SF had a $6 billion vision for Central SoMa. Then the pandemic hit, and tech pulled back

After nearly a decade of planning, the transformation of 230 acres in San Francisco’s Central South of Market neighborhood into a booming tech and housing hub is suddenly in doubt as the economy sputters from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bangkok Post

More of city soul   falls victim to ‘gentrification’

At the same time when thousands of shoppers and netizens lamented the closure of 28-year-old Isetan Department Store, Bangkok lost one of its oldest food shops in Bang Rak district, known for its authentic khao mok gai (Thai chicken biryani) and oxtail soup.

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The Stranger

The Death of Industrial Seattle

Seattle finds itself where Pittsburgh was in the 1970s and where Detroit was in the 1960s.

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