Free food lures wildlife to suburban backyards

Free food—and to a lesser extent free shelter—may be why wild animals often hang out in suburban backyards, a new study shows.

Laura Oleniacz - NC State • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes

Wildfires aren't always wild. Many of the most expensive and damaging fires happen in suburban areas, and nearly all blazes in these zones are started by humans.

Jennifer Balch, Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Earth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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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

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Urban or suburban? It’s not just about your zip code

Zip code remains the biggest predictor of how people define their community, but research suggests these two other subjective factors also matter.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 2, 2018 ~5 min

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