Missed this week’s top urban stories? Below are 7 links from across the web, stories from initiatives for safer streets, to federal infrastructure improvements to American migration:
- Amid controversy, building owners whitewash beleaguered graffiti mecca 5 Pointz, slated for demolition [NYTimes]
“I am telling you, I did not like what they did — I loved what they did,” said Mr. Wolkoff, who bought the buildings in 1971 and plans to build high-rise towers in their stead. “I cried this morning, I swear to you.”
- Readers weigh in on “Where Millenials Can Make it,” where they can’t [Atlantic Cities]
“For many of the twentysomethings profiled in these pieces, like D.S. Kinsel in Pittsburgh or Ramiro Rodriguez in Albuquerque, fulfilling activist, anti-poverty goals are a major part of ‘making it.’ And in places like Jersey City and Jackson, the twentysomething scene was genuinely integrated, class- and race-wise. For every city plagued by segregation and a deep wealth gap, there are young people trying to turn things around.”
- In a globalized world, wall building projects to divide countries, communities, on the rise [Guardian]
“Almost a quarter of a century after the Iron Curtain came down, the walls are going up again. In steel and concrete, with watchtowers and barbed wire, mankind is building separation barriers at a rate perhaps unequalled in history — at least 6,000 miles in the last decade alone, according to a Guardian analysis.”
- Can cities combat unsafe streets by applying “Broken Window” theory? [Streetsblog]
“We now know precisely which modern street designs work to reduce death and injury,” Transportation Alternatives executive director Paul Steely White said … “Our next DOT commissioner needs to make safely-designed streets the rule, not the exception.”
- Culture clash on the car-free city: confusion and fear in the dream of über dense cities [Chicago Magazine]
“This is the problem with the Divvy [bike sharing] bikes, with all the bikes,” Kass says in the video. “This is a city made for people who want to go from point A to point B. This is not some Seattle coffee, grunge, pothead experiment. This is Chicago… Shut the whole Divvy bike thing down. Get off Dearborn. I’m tired of you people.”
- BRIDGE Act could lead to ‘national infrastructure bank,’ close funding gap [The Hill]
“The BRIDGE Act is not a ‘silver bullet’ to magically close America’s infrastructure gap, but this bipartisan proposal creates smart new tools to help our states and localities unlock billions of dollars in additional private investments at a time of very favorable interest rates,” [Virginia Senator Mark] Warner said in a statement.
- “Restless America” maps migration patterns of modern Americans; migrants flock to Florida, California [Atlantic Cities]
“I’m really interested in migration, as I think migration patterns show that people still see opportunity and hope for better lives, and they’re willing to take risks. I see migration as a form of ‘creative destruction’; it renews and enriches some communities while eroding others. This process strains individual cities, but I think it’s healthy for the country overall. People need to dream and be allowed to act on their dreams. I wanted to show this on a national scale,” [Chris Walker, analyst].
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