These proposed changes actually used to be the norm before incomes rose and houses got bigger. Showing residents what new layouts would mean for their quality of life could even get veteran suburbanites on board. “Tell a suburban resident that you want to build a corner store down the street and their mind races to images of a horrible 7-11 and the decline of their property values,” wrote urban design researcher Kasey Klimes. “Take them to an old German village with this exact configuration, and they’ll fall beside themselves with how beautiful, quaint, and lovely it all is.” Safinik agrees: “I think it would actually support the idyllic image that people want to have of suburbs, which has largely been wiped out by eight-lane highways and giant parking lots.” … [Read more...] about If COVID-19 pushes people to the suburbs, how can we make them more environmentally friendly?
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In an email, Tracy Wimmer, director of media relations for Benson, said gun-carrying voters would be asked to leave their weapons in their cars, and if they refused, law enforcement would be called. Michigan’s directive officially states that it’s now down to “election inspectors”—poll workers—to contact law enforcement if the new rule is violated. But, gun-toting police at the polls can also be menacing for many voters of color (an armed Miami officer was recently seen displaying a Trump 2020 mask while on duty at a polling site). … [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
Additionally, some states have closed polling places on reservations in recent years, requiring people in states such as Alaska and Arizona to travel for hours to reach their closest sites in towns that border their reservations. In 2018, members of the Kaibab Paiute tribe in Arizona had to drive 280 miles each way to their polling place. Others have to travel 100 miles just to register to vote. … [Read more...] about Native Americans are facing voter suppression. This resource wants to help them overcome it
But the militaristic rhetoric of the recruitment drive echoes many events of the past year, where armed gangs in army garb have protested lockdowns and intimidated protestors, leading to concerns about this type of vigilantism appearing at the polls. Brandon, though, remains optimistic, based on his past experience, that poll watchers will be wary of causing trouble, conscious that voter intimidation is a “violation of the law,” punished by a fine or imprisonment. He’s encouraging people to simply make a plan for voting and follow it. “We tell everybody that the last thing you want to do is not vote,” he said, “because somebody has something vague about discouraging you from voting.” … [Read more...] about Poll watching is legal, voter intimidation is not. Which does Trump actually want?