The “Bluelining” of Cities in Red States
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An unprecedented loss of small businesses and labor participation: Since the pandemic began, the country’s wealthiest have increased thier hoard by $845B as small businesses are facing losses never seen during any recession. Experts believe the pain is likely to get worse given an already low labor participation rate and looming reductions in unemployment benefits. The failure of decision makers to realize existing damage could also make recovery harder. (Bob Hennelly | Salon)
The new politics of bluelining: Researchers looking at metro areas in swing states have found that the deep political divide results in distorted policy agendas that limit the potential for economic growth. Gerrymandering and more conservative laws written by rural interests are more likely to siphon off tax dollars and pre-empt city autonomy. (Karen Danielson, Robert Lang, David Damore | Brookings Institute)
Accounting for all neighborhood emissions: Planners in the Norwegian city of Bergen are building a zero emissions regenerative neighborhood from a sprawling warehouse and container district called Dokken. In order to reach the goal, life cycle accounting will measure each step of the process. And with no private owners to negotiate with, the goals will be set high to push the limits of innovation. (Adele Peters | Fast Company)
Venice will finally avoid the tides: Venice Italy is known for its canals and waterways and the fact that the city is slowly sinking into the lagoon in which it sits. High tides frequently cover a third of the city but last week barriers built in the lagoon held back the water for the first time ever. The barriers have been subject of numerous controversies including corruption, over a decade in delays, and large cost overruns but now officials are happy they are finally completed and work as planned. (Colleen Barry | AP)
Vanya Srivastava contributed to these summaries.
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