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Cities #3

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  • Ridesharing vs public transit
  • Federal response to cities
  • London workers survey
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NY Post

How corporations are buying up houses — robbing families of the

One morning in 2012, Phoenix real-estate developer Geoff Jacobs was playing golf when he got a surprising phone call.

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Editor’s Note:

In America, homes are many things: a place to live, part of a community, but also a nest egg. Here is an in-depth article on the future of cities where Larry Getlen digs into the trend of investors snapping up property instead of individual families.

The Conversation

People are missing their daily commute in lockdown – here’s why

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a unique experiment in mass homeworking.

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New York Times

Citi Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards: Anything but the Subway

Some New Yorkers, still nervous about public transit, are getting around town in the fresh air, regardless of how long it takes.

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Financial Times ($)

Welcome to the 15-minute city

When a plague tore through Milan in the 1570s, everything had to change. Shops were closed. Mass was sung outdoors. A large church, the Lazzaretto, became a hospital. By 1578 the disease had fallen back, but the city was in financial trouble and had shed almost a fifth of its population.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the biggest questions on the future of cities is commuting. Here Natalie Whittle explores an idea championed by Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala among others, making things walkable.


Tracing the Invisible Danger of Household Crowding

Difficult to measure and pervasive in low-income areas, residential overcrowding drives up the Covid-19 rate among Latinos in San Francisco’s gentrified Mission District.

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The Independent (UK)

First e-scooter trial launches in Middlesbrough – but opinion is divided

Monday morning and, in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square, the Tees Valley mayor – clad in suit, tie, shoes and crash helmet – is whizzing around, in front of a small crowd, on an electric scooter.

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Christian Science Monitor

This Georgia city beat back COVID-19. It wishes states would pay attention.

“I think we are in a good position … because of the way that we came together,” says Commissioner Young.

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Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

How does ridesourcing substitute for public transit network?

Ridesourcing apps like Uber, Grab, and DiDi have become ubiquitous in cities around the world but have also attracted much backlash from established taxi companies. Despite its adoption worldwide, regulation of ridesourcing services still varies greatly in different parts of the world – as policy makers struggle to assess its impact on the economy and society, with limited information and yet unidentified risks involved. One major consideration to improve mobility and sustainability in cities is whether ridesourcing apps serve as a substitute or complement for public transits. In an ideal situation, ridesourcing could complement transit service and help to reduce private car usage. However, as an alternative travel mode, it may also substitute for the transit.

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Editor’s Note:

We all know ridesharing has changed cities, but how exactly does it fit in the mix of transport in urban areas? Here researchers begin to answer the question of whether services like Uber substitute for public transit use.


Is the Federal Government Going to Abandon Cities Again?

The COVID economic crisis doesn’t have to be another Great Recession.

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London Evening Standard

One third of London workers won’t go back to office by Christmas

Almost a third of London commuters who are working from home say they do not expect to return to their offices before Christmas, according to poll findings seen by the Evening Standard.

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