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Marie Kondo, Fast Fashion, and the Thrift-Store Boom - CityLab
Netflix’s hit show has everyone tidying up, but that's not the only reason second-hand stores are being flooded with donations.
MarieKondo  Netflix  television  fastfashion  clothing  opshop  review  trends  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2019 
january 2019 by inspiral
Building Community in Booming Durham, North Carolina - CityLab
But building community, I’ve found, is not like building a house. Or, more accurately, it’s like building a house with a bunch of partners using different blueprints, while others are disassembling the foundation and yet others have confiscated some of the tools.
community  gentrification  housing  culture  profile  Durham  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations - CityLab
The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.
railways  transportation  psychology  nudge  review  Japan  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes - CityLab
Skip or short-change any one of them and your city of bikes won’t work as well.
cycling  safety  design  urbandevelopment  advocacy  Amsterdam  Netherlands  CityLab  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
The Enduring Shame of London's Grenfell Tower Fire - CityLab
Coming as it did in the wake of an unexpectedly strong showing for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the recent General Election, Grenfell has provided a salient emblem of how unfettered capitalism can unstitch a city’s fabric at a time when austerity apologias are running out of steam. The precept underpinning the Corbyn movement—that a degree of safety and dignity for all should not be too much to ask of a rich democracy—is starting to sound ever more like a vociferous demand. People have called it a reckoning. Too late for Grenfell, it must be.
Grenfell  housing  deregulation  review  critique  UK  CityLab  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Down With Little Free Library Book Exchanges! - CityLab
Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?
LittleFreeLibraries  libraries  bookexchanges  review  critique  equality  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
London Cycle Lanes Blamed For Congestion - CityLab
This new traffic does indeed have less road space allotted to it than previously. That’s partly thanks to new bike lanes, as well as the the elimination of rat-run short cuts and construction-related road closures. If pollution is to be cut, the answer must surely be to reduce the number of motor vehicles on this network rather than to enlarge it and thus induce traffic. With London’s road congestion rising even as private car numbers fall, the city is going to need some smart solutions to manage an unforeseen set of circumstances. As long as the public debate is commandeered by anti-change voices making inaccurate complaints about better bike infrastructure, that’s unlikely to happen.
cycling  bikelanes  publicrelations  journalism  DailyMail  transportpolicy  transport  London  critique  CityLab  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The Economies of L.A. and San Francisco - CityLab
A conversation with Michael Storper, the author of a new book on why San Francisco has outperformed L.A. in recent decades.
LosAngeles  SanFrancisco  urbandevelopment  comparison  tech  BayAreaCouncil  MichaelStorper  interview  CityLab  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
How San Francisco's Progressive Politics Led to Its Housing Affordability Crisis - CityLab
As the city got more and more expensive, progressive housing policy shifted gradually to a sad, rearguard movement to protect the people already here from being displaced. No longer would San Francisco even try to remain open as a refuge for immigrants and radicals from around the world. The San Francisco Left could never come to terms with its central contradiction of being against the creation of more “places” that would give new people the chance to live in the city. Once San Francisco was no longer open to freaks and dissidents, immigrants and refugees, because it was deemed to be “full,” it could no longer fulfill its progressive values, could no longer do anything for the people who weren’t already here.
SanFrancisco  housing  politics  review  critique  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
New Research: Bike-Share Systems in 7 U.S. Cities Aren't Reaching the Poor - CityLab
This study provides quantitative measures that backup many recent suggestions and concerns that there are equity and access issues relation to bikeshare system design and station location. A statistically significant difference in the race, education level, and income was found [in] Chicago, Denver, Seattle and New York City. Boston did not show differences in the means of age or education, but it did show race and income disparities. Washington DC and Arlington were the most equitable among the variables and cities in this study, but did show differences in household income variables. In all cases, the traditionally more disadvantaged groups had less access to bikeshare.
bikeshare  cycling  access  discrimination  income  education  racism  research  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
The Latest Scourge of London Gentrification Is Black Storefronts With Tiny White Signs - CityLab
You'll need to squint to make out what these self-consciously twee retailers are actually saying.
retail  London  black  branding  review  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
The 4 Types of Cyclists You'll Meet on U.S. City Streets - CityLab
Together these findings suggest local initiatives to expand bike infrastructure and encourage mixed-use development might prove especially attractive to those city residents on the fence about cycling. In further support that policymakers would be wise to target this rider type, Dill and McNeil found that I-C folks liked driving less than the other groups. In other words, they “may be primed to switch.”
cycling  advocacy  classification  transportpolicy  cyclelanes  research  survey  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
CityLab's List of Stubborn Myths and Dated Terminology to Retire in 2016 - CityLab
Whether they’re overused, misunderstood, or wrongfully deployed, sometimes good words and concepts go bad. As CityLab wraps up 2015 and looks forward to a new year full of promise, we’ve compiled the following list of myths we’re tired of debunking and phrases we’re tired of seeing—not to mention writing. Maybe, just maybe, if we all hold hands and jump together, we can reduce the number of times we’re collectively forced to contend with these terms in 2016.
language  phrase  critique  UberforX  ataleoftwocities  artisanal  eyesore  inducedcongestion  creativeplacemaking  climatechange  climatechangedoubter  hipster  illegals  millennials  resilience  wagegap  sharingeconomy  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
january 2016 by inspiral
Cyclists Are Exposed to Air Pollution Even on Bike Lanes, According to Fort Collins Commuting Study - CityLab
Longer commute times, regardless of route type, tend to increase cumulative exposures; this difference was especially evident for cycling. Even though cyclists’ mean particulate exposures were reduced on alternative routes, the longer duration of these routes increased cyclist’s cumulative exposures relative to driving.
cycling  pollution  exposure  cyclelanes  review  critique  ColoradoStateUniversity  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Europe's Cities Are Suffering From Economic Segregation and Inequality Too - CityLab
Americans are well aware of the growing economic inequality playing out in major U.S. cities. So you can forgive them for assuming that things are always much better in European cities, with their larger welfare states and long histories of social democracy. Indeed, my own recent study of the connection between inequality and creativity juxtaposed America’s low-road path—which combines high levels of creativity with high levels of inequality—with the high-road path of Scandinavian and Northern European nations, where high levels of creative competitiveness go along with much lower levels of inequality.

But a new study of 13 leading European cities—London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo, Vienna, Madrid, Milan, Athens, Budapest, Prague, Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn—documents a substantial rise in socioeconomic inequality and economic segregation over the past decade or so. The study (part of a broader project on Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities) tracks socioeconomic inequality and segregation by key markets of socioeconomic class—including income, occupational status, and education—in these cities from 2001 to 2011.
incomeinequality  segregation  cities  Europe  London  Madrid  Tallinn  Riga  Athens  Vilnius  Amsterdam  Vienna  Budapest  Oslo  Prague  Stockholm  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Lasting Effects of a Month Without Cars in Suwon, South Korea - CityLab
Two years after the ‘ecomobility’ festival, cars are back—but less loved—in Suwon, South Korea.
urbandevelopment  transport  automotive  urbanism  Suwon  SouthKorea  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
To Create Bike-Share Equity, Convenience and Density Are Key - CityLab
New recommendations for building accessible systems suggest more stations in low-income neighborhoods—and more density in general.
bikeshare  geography  transport  research  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
may 2015 by inspiral
With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism - CityLab
The city is grappling with major socioeconomic shifts by getting organized at an unprecedented scale.
gentrification  property  squatting  activism  London  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
America's Shopping Malls Aren't Actually Dying - CityLab
Photos of creepy, abandoned malls are eerie, but misleading. Most of America's malls are doing just fine.
mall  retail  review  premiumisation  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
Taking Cyclists Off Roads Is No Way to Improve Transit - CityLab
London's obsession with flashy "magpie infrastructure" solutions is short-sighted.
cycling  London  transportpolicy  Underline  SkyCycle  critique  CityLab  2015 
february 2015 by inspiral
Bike-Share Could Be 'A Much More Integrated Platform,' Says Bike-Share CEO - CityLab
Alta Bicycle Share, the nation's biggest bike-share company, just changed its name to Motivate. We chatted with CEO Jay Walder about his plans for the future.
Alta  Motivate  JayWalder  interview  bikeshare  CityLab  2015 
january 2015 by inspiral
Why Banksy Is (Probably) a Woman - CityLab
The world's foremost street artist is a social justice warrior and a viral media master. She could be anyone.
Banksy  streetart  gender  CityLab  FastCompany  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays - CityLab
On the contrary, smart street design can eliminate many of the traffic problems anticipated by alternative mode elements like bike lanes. A new report on protected bike lanes released by the New York City Department of Transportation offers a great example of how rider safety can be increased even while car speed is maintained.
bikelanes  cycling  transportpolicy  research  NewYork  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Cyclists: Let's Talk About Shoaling - CityLab
So, shoaling: You're stopped at a red light with a bunch of folks on bikes, when someone who's just arrived sails past everyone, right to the head of the class. It's a lot like seeing somebody in the Whole Foods express lane with too many things. In other words, it's the kind of behavior that triggers toothy-toddler rages in otherwise emotionally competent adults.
cycling  commuting  shoaling  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
A History of Police Uniforms—and Why They Matter - CityLab
Uniforms have influenced interactions between cops and citizens since the start of American policing.
police  uniform  history  USA  militarisation  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Strange As It Seems, Cycling Haters Are a Sign of Cycling Success - CityLab
Much of the recent nastiness is really a symptom of driver frustration with a changing environment.
cycling  publicopinion  fundamentalattributionerror  advocacy  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
States with Better 'Business Climates' Also Have Higher Inequality - CityLab
There's a clear connection between economic inequality and low-tax, pro-business policies.
incomeinequality  inequality  growth  economicgrowth  USA  CityLab  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling - CityLab
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau offers encouraging news for cyclists: Nationally, bicycle commuting increased 61 percent between the 2000 Census and a 2008-2012 survey. But there's considerable work to do before we bike ride into the sunset. Our research shows that in some places, the people who ride are mostly wealthy and white.
cycling  class  income  ethnicity  USA  advocacy  CityLab  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Would You Ride a Bicycle Across Europe's 2nd Longest Bridge? - CityLab
Copenhagen and Malmö are considering the feasibility of an elevated cycle highway over the Øresund.
Malmo  Copenhagen  transport  cycling  publictransport  TheBridge  Denmark  Sweden  TheAtlantic  CityLab  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
London Is Gambling Away Opportunities for Post-Recession Recovery - CityLab
Local councils have no power to regulate how many betting shops pop up or where, and the numbers have gotten out of hand.
gambling  problemgambling  regulations  localgovernment  London  UK  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral

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