When it gets hot, asphalt boosts city air pollution

Asphalt is a significant source of air pollutants in urban areas, especially on hot and sunny days, researchers report.

William Weir-Yale • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities air-pollution heat featured earth-and-environment

New Deal programs still segregate cities and towns

"New Deal housing policies encouraged racial segregation and their substantial impact on American cities and towns can still be seen today."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Aug. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities united-states housing segregation society-and-culture laws suburbs race-and-ethnicity

Racism in cities harms animals and the environment, too

Researchers urge more focus the environmental impact of racism, including on ecosystems, plants, and animals. They say those effects also harm human health.

Michelle Ma-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities conservation biodiversity racism earth-and-environment

Air pollution cuts 2 years off life expectancy

A new study quantifies the effect air pollution has on human life expectancy around the world. It's not good news, researchers report.

U. Chicago • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities pollution life-expectancy earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Demolishing abandoned houses may nudge neighbors to spruce up

Demolishing abandoned houses may help whole neighborhoods by getting people to do a better job maintaining their own properties, a new study shows.

Chelsea Davis-Iowa State • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities money housing society-and-culture neighborhoods

Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit?

In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips.

Gavin Choo | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities sustainability pollution development research transportation automobiles school-of-architecture-and-planning urban-studies-and-planning singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

Coronavirus: How can we make post-pandemic cities smarter?

Will the "anthropause" brought on by lockdowns make our cities greener, cleaner and quieter in future?

By Jane Wakefield • bbcnews
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities

In changing urban neighborhoods, new food offerings can set the table for gentrification

Hip food offerings can signal that a neighborhood is gentrifying – especially when they repackage traditional foods for wealthy white eaters.

Yuki Kato, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: cities protest supermarkets food restaurants diversity farmers-markets economic-development community-gardens gentrification displacement foodies cafes

Street vendors make cities livelier, safer and fairer – here's why they belong on the post-COVID-19 urban scene

After trying to remove street vendors from its cities for years, China is supporting them to help jump-start its economy. An urban scholar explains why other cities should do the same.

John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities covid-19 china immigrants informal-economy jobs new-york-city urban-policy farmers-markets postpandemic-future markets

Stroke death rates are far higher in rural areas

There are big gaps between urban and rural care for strokes in the US, new research shows. In remote areas, death rates are 21% higher than in cities.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities hospitals rural-communities featured health-and-medicine strokes emergency-medicine

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