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Also today: Hyperlooping to Cleveland, and an urbanist syllabus for Black Panther.
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Three public radio stations announced today that they will be bringing back DNAinfo New York/Gothamist, LAist, and DCist, which were shut down in October. Here's what the former editor of LAist wrote back then for CityLab about the local news sites' importance to their communities.

The last editor of LAist explains why.
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We mapped the more than 9,000 oil and gas pipeline accidents that have taken place in the United States in the last 30 years. The red dots indicate deaths. More information, including the exact locations of the fatal incidents, in our full interactive map: http://trib.al/zDVbJNz.
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We mapped the more than 9,000 oil and gas pipeline accidents that have taken place in the United States in the last 30 years. The red dots indicate deaths. More information, including the exact locations of the fatal incidents, in our full interactive map: http://trib.al/zDVbJNz. (from 2016)
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We mapped the more than 9,000 oil and gas pipeline accidents that have taken place in the United States in the last 30 years. The yellow dots indicate injuries. More information, including the exact locations of the incidents, in our full interactive map: http://trib.al/zDVbJNz.
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A promising new policy in global urbanization addresses the number-one concern of residents in informal settlements.

At the World Urban Forum 9, a pressing question was how to improve slums without putting their residents at risk of displacement.
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W.E.B. Du Bois was born 150 years ago today. In 2016, we published this, about a collection of infographics he created with Booker T. Washington.

This exhibit of visual data on African Americans at the turn of the 20th century still holds up against a lot of Adobe-generated infographics created by data specialists today.
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The White House wants to dramatically cut the SNAP program. But food aid is already stretched thin across most of the nation.

A map of the Urban Institute’s research reveals the grim scenario faced by vulnerable families across the country.
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We could have Wakanda-level transit if we wanted to. No vibranium-backed trust fund necessary.

Vibranium-powered urban rail could be ours. (Except for the vibranium part.)
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The draft is inclusive with regard to developers—but with regard to lower-income city-dwellers, not so much.

And Toronto housing activists and politicians are seeing red.
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"I cannot imagine walking into class every day being mentally prepared to both educate hungry minds and execute another human being."

"When educators become enforcers, education stops."
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The prospect of a trans-Rust Belt supertrain might seem fanciful, but now, at least one small step has been taken toward making the futuristic transportation system real.

A private company has inked a deal with state and local authorities to officially study the idea of a trans-Rust-Belt supertrain.
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After years of protests and grassroots organizing, earthquake survivors in Turkey are about to become first-time homeowners.

“What’s happening in Düzce is a rare example of a holistic approach to housing that can be a model for other neighborhoods.”
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"In the 21st century, we’re beginning to understand cities as ecosystems, and as nature, rather than something that is opposed to nature."

If cities keep growing as they do now, nearly 400 of them will sprawl into the habitats of endangered species by 2030.
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Critics say breaking up countywide school districts will only foster educational inequality.

"As with most modern invocations of localism, issues of race and class lie right at the surface.”
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“We could solve the subsistence problem ourselves without asking anything of the government by making a system of cascading dikes like the rice paddies of China,” says an owner of 12 chinampas.

"If things continue like this the chinampa economy will have disappeared completely in 20 years."
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"If black people did ever pool their resources together to construct their own sanctuary city and closed it off to outsiders Wakanda-style, you couldn’t really blame them for doing so."

The new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther shows the benefits and the risks associated with sustaining and protecting a majority-black community.
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If anyone can create a governing coalition delivering sustainable growth, inclusivity, and a respected America in a competitive world, it’s a mayor.

Historically, running a city has been no help to presidential aspirants. But that might soon change.
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Some 14,000 vacant lots pockmark the city of Baltimore, where decades of population decline have left some blocks nearly abandoned. And there may soon be many more.

Ecologist Chris Swan has spent years studying this unique ecosystem, looking for the best ways to bring the city’s dead spaces back to life. The idea behind the wildflower experiment is to help the city restore some biodiversity and reduce polluted run-off by converting these swaths of fallow land into temporary prairies while they await—hopefully—the return of new construction ➡️ trib.al/X8K2mW8 (📷: Patrick Semansky/AP and Chris Swan)

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