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The Independent (UK)

Escape to the country: Will people leave cities behind post-pandemic…

The rich have always fled for the rural idyl in times of crisis or plague but has lockdown shown us all the shortcomings of urban living? Sophie Gallagher speaks to young people breaking the cycle and moving back to the suburbs

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Editor’s Note:

One of the emerging narratives is that people are fleeing cities. Here Sophie Gallagher digs into the issue not with older, wealthier people but with the young.


Interest in moving to Israeli settlements grows amid talk of annexation, pandemic

Is it talk of annexation? Or maybe the coronavirus? No one knows for sure, but what is clear is that interest in buying a home in West Bank settlements has been growing in recent months, even if the phenomenon hasn’t led to a surge of actual buying.

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The Korea Herald

Challenges for cities after pandemic

AS the Covid-19 pandemic gripped New York City in March, articles discussing the future of cities came into vogue. Most articles predicted that the pandemic would change cities “forever” and that large, dense cities like New York would enter a period of protracted decline as people escaped to the suburbs. Pandemic-enforced working from home, it was argued, would free people to live in cheaper places and spare them the grind of a daily commute.

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Smart Cities Dive

The ADA is turning 30, but the built environment is still far from inclusive

While many cities have shown efforts to implement accessible design since the 1990 adoption of the American Disabilities Act, more must be done.

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Editor’s Note:

One part of making cities work better is having them work for everyone. Here Steve Wright discusses disability and human-friendly design.

Independent (Ireland)

Commuters face up to six months in jail if they don’t wear masks on public transport but confusion remains over who will enforce rule

Commuters risk a €2,500 fine or six months in jail for not wearing a face mask on public transport from today – but the new law is mired in confusion over how it will be enforced.

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New York Times

Going ‘Deep Green,’ Office Buildings Give Back to the Planet

As technology costs have declined, more developers are creating buildings that can benefit the Earth by tackling pollution and save money by producing their own power.

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Everett Herald (Washington)

Commentary: How to fill the gap between home and destination

A hybrid of ride-share and small transit vans could better connect commuters with where they want to go.

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Indian Express

Cool roofs and other solutions

Pandemic has sharpened need to make right choices for sustainable urban growth.

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The Conversation

Where are the most disadvantaged parts of Australia? New research shows it’s not just income that matters

New research on disadvantage in Australia has found the gap between rich and poor is very wide in Sydney, while much of Queensland struggles with educational disadvantage and regional NSW and Victoria are both more disadvantaged when it comes to health.

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NJ Advance Media

Trenton has owned water system for 150 years. Suburbs are suing to change that.

Trenton Water Works — a water system with a history dating back to 1801 that has recently been mired in trouble — has been owned by Trenton since the city paid $88,000 for the utility in 1859.

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Editor’s Note:

The systems in our cities have roots that sometimes date back for centuries. Here Michael Sol Warren examines a lawsuit that wants to change the state of affairs in NJ because of issues such as water quality.