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America is plagued by experts without expertise | Michael Massing
The Guardian • Michael Massing
Council to discuss Rails to Trails, school resource officer program
Oak Ridge Today • John Huotari
$700,000 worth of fake cosmetics seized in Los Angeles Fashion District
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Work suspended on WA’s seven-year plan to combat urban sprawl
The Sydney Morning Herald • Emma Young
How Wasted Land on Logan Square’s MiCA Site Helped Fuel Anti-TOD Sentiment
Streetsblog • Borna Khoshand
Dear Fellow YIMBYs: Yes, Urban Density Is Wonderful. But We Also Need More Suburbs.
Forbes • Contributor, Michael Shellenberger
Program will fight sexual harassment in housing
NY Daily Record • Bennett Loudon
Five-storey blue penis causes uproar among Stockholm residents
The Guardian • European Affairs Correspondent, Jon Henley
Blight Battle Breakthrough
New Haven Independent • Paul Bass
Arena: A Short Film That Weaves Together Images of Man-Made Shapes Collected Through Google Maps
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America is plagued by experts without expertise | Michael Massing
The GuardianMichael Massing
The strong ratings of the first episode of the revived Roseanne set off an avalanche of commentary. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, for instance, John Podhoretz, a columnist for the New York Post, called the show’s success a “wakeup call for Hollywood.” Given...
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Copyright, Land Use
Council to discuss Rails to Trails, school resource officer program
Oak Ridge TodayJohn Huotari
The Oak Ridge City Council will discuss a part of the Rails to Trails program, which could convert a former railway in central Oak Ridge into a bicycle and pedestrian greenway, and the current status of the city’s school resource officer program...
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Urban Design
$700,000 worth of fake cosmetics seized in Los Angeles Fashion District
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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles Police Department task force has seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding 21 locations in the city's Fashion District, an LAPD spokesman said. Police Capt. Marc Reina announced the results of the operation Thursday evening...
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Urban Design
Work suspended on WA’s seven-year plan to combat urban sprawl
The Sydney Morning HeraldEmma Young
It attempted to balance certainty for development with long-term environmental protection, but was controversial; it locked in clearing of nearly 40,000 hectares of native animal habitat, including banksia woodland - which has since been declared endangered - and pine forest comprising more...
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Green Transportation, Urban Design
How Wasted Land on Logan Square’s MiCA Site Helped Fuel Anti-TOD Sentiment
StreetsblogBorna Khoshand
The MiCA transit-oriented development towers, which were erected two years ago at Milwaukee and California (hence the name) near the California Blue Line station, gave Logan Square’s skyline a jolt. At 11 and 12 stories respectively, the buildings rise far above most...
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Urban Design
Dear Fellow YIMBYs: Yes, Urban Density Is Wonderful. But We Also Need More Suburbs.
ForbesContributor, Michael Shellenberger
YIMBYs rightly demand more urban density. But bringing down the cost of housing is going to also require new suburbs.
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Urban Design
Program will fight sexual harassment in housing
NY Daily RecordBennett Loudon
The U.S. Justice Department has announced a new initiative to fight sexual harassment in housing. The program, announced to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, includes an interagency task force between the Department of Housing and Urban Development...
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Urban Design
Five-storey blue penis causes uproar among Stockholm residents
The GuardianEuropean Affairs Correspondent, Jon Henley
A five-storey high depiction of an erect blue penis on a Stockholm apartment building is to be painted over just a week after its unveiling following a storm of complaints from neighbours. The company that owns the block, Atrium Ljungberg, told Aftonbladet...
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Real Estate, Urban Design
Blight Battle Breakthrough
New Haven IndependentPaul Bass
See that picture above? That’s a sign of progress in one of the city’s longest-running blight battles. It might look like a mess. But this spot on Winchester Avenue near Science Park used to look like ... ... this. For 15 years....
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Urban Design
Arena: A Short Film That Weaves Together Images of Man-Made Shapes Collected Through Google Maps
ColossalKate Sierzputowski
Animation Arena is a short film by Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin which explores the similarities of international roadways, farming infrastructure, and urban design. In the minute and a half work, McGloughlin presents thousands of aerial images collected from Google Maps to create...
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