It matters that this trend is hitting America’s two densest big cities. When it comes to sustainable cities, “size matters,” wrote urban theorist Richard Florida, meaning that as city populations rise, those cities work better for the environment. When you factor in the carbon footprint of public transit over driving and apartment living versus single-family-home energy use, Manhattan is one of the greenest places in America. In 2009, public policy magazine City Journal ran a study estimating that an average New York City resident emits 4,462 pounds less of transportation-related carbon dioxide than an average New York suburbanite. A 2014 Berkeley study warned that, while population-dense cities emit the fewest greenhouse gases, their sprawling suburbs cancel out all that hard work. “While the most populous metropolitan areas tend to have the lowest carbon footprint centers, they also tend to have the most extensive high-carbon footprint suburbs,” wrote … [Read more...] about If COVID-19 pushes people to the suburbs, how can we make them more environmentally friendly?
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In response, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson just announced a directive that affirmatively forbids individuals from carrying guns into polling places on Election Day. But other competitive swing states, which remain the focus of voter drives by both parties, are still without such official pronouncements. As threats of armed voter intimidation loom, with the intent to lower turnout among certain communities on November 3, gun reform groups are hoping those states’ attorneys general will pass similar laws. In either case, poll workers will likely be the first line of defense. … [Read more...] about It’s legal to bring guns to the polls in many swing states. What could go wrong?
According to the latest data by Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC), the ongoing 13th edition of IPL has registered seven billion viewing minutes for the first five weeks of the league, which includes the first 41 matches aired across 21 channels. … [Read more...] about IPL 2020 grabs more eyeballs, per-match viewership sees 11% growth
Online visitors can select their state and find relevant links to their state, county, and tribal information, and to helpful resources to overcome administrative barriers. They show the nearest ballot drop boxes, an easier option for many. In North Dakota, tribal residents can now be assigned an official address if they locate it on a map or describe it to an election administrator, so that state’s page contains PDFs of maps for assistance. But, whether this rule will play out fairly is still unknown: “It is not clear yet what will happen on Election Day,” the resource warns. … [Read more...] about Native Americans are facing voter suppression. This resource wants to help them overcome it
But while poll monitoring is legal, it can sometimes cross into the territory of voter intimidation. Often, partisan watchers have the right to challenge someone’s eligibility to vote. In Texas, it’s the only reason a poll watcher is allowed to talk to election officials (and they cannot talk to voters); in Rhode Island, there are specific challengers whose roles are separate to observers. Historically, there have been clear instances of malfeasance by poll watchers. In 1981, Republican poll watchers in New Jersey demanded to check voter registration cards of racial minorities during the state’s gubernatorial race. In 1999, a monitoring group in Michigan singled out Arab-American voters, who then had to prove their citizenship to election officials. … [Read more...] about Poll watching is legal, voter intimidation is not. Which does Trump actually want?