Population shift accelerates with COVID

Excerpt from Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, Aug 6, 2020 Even before the crisis, America’s three biggest metro areas—New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—were already shrinking. Downtown areas were already losing population. And a constellation of metros across the Sun Belt and the Northwest were adding thousands of new Millennial movers. The pandemic could accelerate these trends. Given the okay to go …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

Just being outside is healthy! Scientists Discover a Major Lasting Benefit of Growing Up Outside the City: The childhood experience of green space can actually predict mental health in later life

Using data from 3,585 people collected across four cities in Europe, scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (also called IS Global) report a strong relationship between growing up away from the natural world and mental health in adulthood. Overall, they found a strong correlation between low exposure to nature during childhood and higher levels of of nervousness and …

Fastest growth in bicycling is among minority populations: Poor and black ‘invisible cyclists’ need to be part of post-pandemic transport planning too

Safety is different for different people, and should be defined by those most economically and legally vulnerable. Prioritize people over profit, property or placemaking. For too long, dominant narratives in mobility advocacy have drawn from the experiences of the most privileged.In advocacy spaces, questions of equity are often treated as an afterthought or sidebar. Advocates “from diverse backgrounds” are often …

Movement for Black Lives List of Policy Demands and Democracy and Justice in Action

By Rossanna Mercedes, Medium.June 5, 2020 | CREATE! I was so excited last year when, on August 1st, The Movement for Black Lives released a robust policy agenda titled A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice — and included a bold solution for more community control through participatory budgeting? Contained in the policy agenda are some things we want …

How reducing inequality will make our cities safer

2 Mar 2020, WEForum by Robert Muggah Principal, SecDev Group and Sameh WahbaGlobal Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank Overlapping forms of inequality contribute to violent victimization in cities, from wealth inequality to educational opportunities and property rights; In virtually every city, the vast majority of violent crime is concentrated in just a few neighbourhoods; To …

From Carbon Calculators to Energy System Analysis in Cities

Energies 2019, 12(12), 2307; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12122307 by David Drysdale 1,* Brian Vad Mathiesen 1 and Henrik Lund 2 1Department of Planning, Aalborg University, A C Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark2Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.Received: 30 April 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 17 June 2019Download PDF Browse Figures Abstract: Energy systems in cities need to be …

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

120 hours of nature access per week was an important threshold – see https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health Bratman, G. et al. Science Advances  24 Jul 2019: Vol. 5, no. 7, eaax0903 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0903 Article  PDF Abstract A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial …

In Portland, “20-Minute Living” is the Norm

By Allison Arieff, BuildABetterBurb.org Equitable Places, Mixed-Use Development, Transit-Oriented Development Can I get a cup of coffee nearby? Can I get to work by public transit? How close is the dog park? The playground? There’s a great firm based in Portland, Oregon called Gerding Edlen that has developed a brilliant idea for urban development called “20-Minute Living.” Imagine, they explain, …

Don’t Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

By Richard Florida, Sept 2019 There are significant economic and social gains to people staying in place. Moving is hard on people, especially children. Losing proximity to friends and family takes its toll on well-being and life-satisfaction. Anyone who has moved a lot (like me) knows that the communities we live in, and in which we forge social and business …