Tag: Urban Areas

Overcrowded Housing Invites Covid-19, Even in Silicon Valley

It was not surprising when three-quarters of the house tested positive. There were 12 people in three bedrooms, with a bathroom whose door frequently required a knock and a kitchen where dinnertime shifts extended from 5 p.m. well into the evening. Karla Lorenzo, a Guatemalan immigrant who cleaned houses in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, […]

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Trump and Portland: How His Use of Federal Forces in Cities Differs From Past Presidents

ImageFederal police clashing with protestors outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., this week.Credit…Nathan Howard/Getty Images Federal forces went into Los Angeles to control the Rodney King riots. They entered Washington, Chicago and Baltimore in the days after the killing of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. They went into Detroit during […]

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Federal Forces Have Gone Into U.S. Cities Before. Why This Time Is Different.

ImageFederal police clashing with protestors outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., this week.Credit…Nathan Howard/Getty Images Federal forces went into Los Angeles to control the Rodney King riots. They entered Washington, Chicago and Baltimore in the days after the killing of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. They went into Detroit during […]

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Why Some Mosquitoes Prefer Humans

Mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal in the world: tiny creatures so dangerous that genetic engineering may be necessary to win the battle against them. But not all mosquitoes are equally responsible for devastating the human population by spreading disease. Out of thousands of species, only a few like to bite humans — and […]

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Painting Bleak Portrait of Urban Crime, Trump Sends More Agents to Chicago and Other Cities

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department would send hundreds of additional federal agents into cities to confront a rise in shootings and other crime, escalating his dark rhetoric about urban crime and bashing local elected officials who have been wary of intervention by his administration. Mr. Trump, who has sought […]

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Coronavirus Threatens the Luster of Superstar Cities

Cities are remarkably resilient. They have risen from the ashes after being carpet-bombed and hit with nuclear weapons. “If you think about pandemics in the past,” noted the Princeton economist Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, “they didn’t destroy cities.” That’s because cities are valuable. The New York metropolitan area generates more economic output than Australia or Spain. The […]

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The Pandemic Has Pushed Aside City Planning Rules. But to Whose Benefit?

ImageA closed-off street in Oakland in April.Credit…Jeff Chiu/Associated Press One month into the coronavirus crisis this spring, Oakland, Calif., began to restrict car traffic on some streets — ultimately on 21 miles of them — to create outdoor space for residents who suddenly had nowhere else to go. Other cities have also responded with remarkably […]

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I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing

The space cars take Why do American cities waste so much space on cars? July 9, 2020 As coronavirus lockdowns crept across the globe this winter and spring, an unusual sound fell over the world’s metropolises: the hush of streets that were suddenly, blessedly free of cars. City dwellers reported hearing bird song, wind and […]

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Scientists Say You Can Cancel the Noise but Keep Your Window Open

Car alarms, jackhammers, a drunken argument and the rumble of the No. 7 train passing overhead. It is the glorious urban symphony that pours into a typical New York City apartment building day and night. Sure, closing the window can help, but there goes your natural ventilation. What if there were technology to cancel the […]

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