The Drama of Zoning Finally Makes It to the Big Screen
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by Oscar Perry Abello
3d ago
At the Village East theater for the sold-out world premiere of “Emergent City,” at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello) Zoning and land use got the red carpet treatment this week with the world premiere of “Emergent City,” a new documentary chronicling the heated battle over the future of the 35-acre industrial complex on the Brooklyn waterfront known today as Industry City. Many who showed up Tuesday night for the sold-out premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival had lived through the battle themselves as members of the community where Industry City is located: Sunset Park ..read more
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The Weekly Wrap: Potential Legal Challenges Over NYC Congestion Pricing Halt
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by Roshan Abraham
3d ago
(Photo by Asael Peña / Unsplash) Welcome back to The Weekly Wrap, our Friday roundup of stories that explain the problems oppressing people in cities and elevate the solutions bringing us closer to economic, environmental and social justice. After our staff retreat last week in Gloucester, Virginia’s historic Holly Knoll, we’re back and rejuvenated in our work to bring you more solutions for liberated cities. Let us know what coverage you’d like to see from us over the next year. Coalition Could Sue to Reinstate NYC Congestion Pricing Following Gov. Kathy Hochul’s surprise announcement that ..read more
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AI May Be Coming to Your Neighborhood Credit Union
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by Bianca Gonzalez
3d ago
(Image by Philip Oroni / Unsplash+) Artificial intelligence is making its way into many aspects of urban life, and how you interact with your local credit union will likely be no exception. A new partnership between Inclusiv’s Financial Inclusion Technology (FIT) Center and Posh Technologies will increase the use of conversational AI-powered bots at 400+ community development credit unions (CDCUs) throughout the Inclusive network. Inclusiv, a CDFI intermediary that helps CDCUs build capacity, launched the FIT Center in February 2023. The goal of the center is to help credit unions expand ..read more
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When Our Environments Are the Problem, Social Prescriptions Can Be a Cure
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by Julia Hotz
5d ago
(Photo by sq lim) This is an excerpt from The Connection Cure: The Prescriptive Power of Movement, Nature, Art, Service, and Belonging by Julia Hotz. The book explores social prescribing, which addresses common ailments — like depression, ADHD, addiction, trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, dementia, diabetes, and loneliness — with referrals to community activities and resources. The movement is already popular in the U.K. and is gaining traction in the U.S. The excerpt is reprinted here with permission from Simon & Schuster. Copyright © 2024 by Julia Hotz. A middle-aged man with mysterious pa ..read more
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A Seattle Urban Garden Models What Community Input Should Look Like
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by Jennifer Caddick
5d ago
iUrban team members and Seattle Parks and Recreation staff at an Earth Day event this year. (Photo courtesy Seattle Parks and Recreation) Sponsored content from City Parks Alliance. Sponsored content policy More than 20 parks across Seattle support urban gardens developed and managed in partnership with local communities. From small community garden plots to large orchards, the gardens provide fresh, healthy food to community members across the city. Seattle Parks and Recreation, through its Urban Food Systems Program, provides the land and the infrastructure for these projects. But com ..read more
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Is Your City or State Investing in Israeli Bonds or Fossil Fuels? Here’s How to Find Out.
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by Oscar Perry Abello
5d ago
(Graphic by Alexander Mils / Unsplash+) Divestment doesn’t necessarily have a big, direct economic impact on the target of a divestment campaign, but history has shown divestment can be a powerful tool for galvanizing broader support around causes that might seem distant or foreign. Nobody likes to get caught with their hands in the cookie jar. But until someone digs into the numbers, all of our hands are in more cookie jars than we realize. In Palm Beach County, Florida, the local government outright told county residents about one of the jars they were reaching into together: government bo ..read more
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What Paris Can Teach Other Cities About Removing Roads
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by Thalia Verkade
1w ago
This is an expert from “Movement: How to Take Back Our Streets and Transform Our Lives” by Thalia Verkade and Marco te Brömmelstroet. Copyright © 2024 by the authors. It is reproduced here with permission of Island Press, Washington, D.C. Can removing a road make it easier to drive more freely elsewhere? A major study of 63 roads and squares closed to motor traffic in various European cities (mainly in Britain and Germany) suggests that it does. In many cases, cars disappeared altogether, rather than being displaced into parallel streets, lessening the dreaded congestion. Anne Hidalgo, the may ..read more
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The Urban Parks That Make Cities More Welcoming
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by Dan Trudeau | The Conversation (Op-Ed)
1w ago
Girls enjoying the water at Lake Phalen Beach in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by City of Saint Paul / CC BY-ND) This story was originally published in The Conversation. What makes a city a good place to live? Practical features are important, such as well-maintained streets, good public transit and reliable trash collection. So are amenities that make cities attractive and interesting, such as museums and public parks. Access to green space is especially valuable for residents who may not be able to travel easily beyond city limits. On May 22, 2024, the nonprofit Trust for Publi ..read more
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Why a Rochester Credit Union Wants the Local Government To Create Its Own Bank
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by Oscar Perry Abello
1w ago
Above the Genesee River Gorge High Falls in Rochester, New York. (Photo by J. Stephen Conn / CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED) Melissa Marquez inherited her mother’s deep desire to make the banking system work for those whom it has long excluded. At 14, she saw her mother break down in tears again and again after coming home from work as a loan officer at a bank. The bank refused to lend to their community in Barrio Logan, an epicenter of Chicano culture in San Diego, her mother told her. Barrio Logan residents would come in, make their deposits and stay faithful customers to the bank, but st ..read more
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Philly’s Reforestation Hub Isn’t Just Diverting Tree Waste. It’s Also Creating Jobs.
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by Cinnamon Janzer
2w ago
(Photo courtesy of the Reforestation Hub) Each year, U.S. cities lose an estimated 36 million trees to development, disease and old age, many of which ultimately end up in landfills. Losing these urban trees – known to help cool their neighborhoods, lower carbon emissions and improve mental health, among other benefits – costs an estimated $96 million annually. In Philadelphia, a partnership is giving the City of Brotherly Love’s fallen trees new life. Philadelphia Parks & Rec joined forces with Cambium Carbon, a Washington, D.C.-based startup that repurposes waste wood, and PowerCorpsPHL ..read more
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