Why some people who care about housing don't like the term "YIMBY." Lots of US developments look the same — here's how we can make them more creative. Cities are about to get hotter, but won't all feel the effects of climate change the same way.
Not a YIMBY, but a neighbor for more neighbors: At YIMBYTown 2018, one of the unconference sessions focused on why the word YIMBY itself is problematic for some people who want to promote building more homes to help alleviate the shortage. The main complaint is that the acronym itself doesn't allow for nuance. So what's another option? The writer talks about joining a local Minneapolis group called Neighbors for More Neighbors. (Streets.mn | Janne Flisrand)
The plague of boring developments: Housing development projects around the country are boring and conforming as a the result of regulations, opposition, and developers that don't want to spend too much on a building. How can this be fixed? By allowing more variety in design and encouraging more creative developers. (Architect's Magazine | Aaron Betsky)
How hot will your city be?: The world will warm by 10 degrees farenheit by the end of this century, but it will heat up unevenly. To figure out where the heat will be felt, a new mapping project shows which locations will likely see big changes in temperatures. (Fast Company | Adele Peters)
Bikeshare company data could help with planning: City planners are using data collected by bikeshare companies to figure out where to place new infrastructure such as bike lanes. This could open up a whole new process for planning transportation infrastructure. (MIT Technology Review | Elizabeth Woyke)
Which cities will sink under rising sea levels?: As the world warms and sea levels rise, it's likely that many coastal cities will be sunk. But predicting which cities is harder than just estimating the amount of water that comes from ice melts and measuring it against existing sea levels. As the ice melts the earth's crust will float up from the heavier ice and scientists aren't sure which places will rise and fall. (Guardian | Mark Miodownik)
Quote of the Week
"The researchers believe much of this variation is driven by the neighborhoods themselves, not by differences in what brings people to live in them. The more years children spend in a good neighborhood, the greater the benefits they receive."
Emily Badger in the New York Times discussing newly released maps from the census showing the economic fortunes of children.
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