Why Hasn’t Construction Seen Productivity Gains?
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Why has construction not had productivity gains?: Ezra Klein looks again into building and construction, wondering why construction productivity is down while every other industry is up. There aren’t any single issues he can point to about the disparity but notes that it’s getting more troubling that it’s harder to build things, which in turn makes it harder to address our most pressing national issues. (Ezra Klein | New York Times)
Lessons from a successful E-bike rebate pilot: E-Bike rebate vouchers offered by Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency and funded through a voter approved climate protection fund were so popular that they were gone in 20 minutes. Program officials talk about lessons learned from the successful launch so that they can be replicated elsewhere including the need to scale up after success and the importance of budget flexibility. (Maria Rachal | Smart Cities Dive)
Cutting edge cities in biodiversity: Human settlements over time are known for reconfiguring the environment to the benefit of residents, often to the detriment of overall biodiversity. But new findings suggest that there are ways that cities can foster different plant and animal species in a way that is beneficial. Cities around the world are now embracing this and figuring out ways to enhance biodiversity to support climate goals, wellbeing, and tourism. (Eric Margolis | The New Republic)
Quote of the Week
Participation in The Line—an indoor, climate controlled mall only conceivable in a state absolutely drunk off oil money that will almost certainly never get built and, if it does get built, will come at the cost of massive human suffering—is not just an embarrassment; it should be nullify the progressive reputations of all firms involved.
–Kate Wagner in The Baffler discussing The Line, a Saudi Arabian city in the desert.
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