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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Within the space of 12 hours on Election Day 2016, the Election Protection hotline received calls from 85 voters in 28 states who reported seeing guns at the polls. This year, that threat is heightened. Gun sales have skyrocketed to all-time highs during the pandemic, especially among first-time owners. The line between poll watching and voter intimidation has blurred, as Republicans are officially conscripting citizens for an “Army for Trump,” and there’s been a rise in the activity of armed, far-right gangs that have already brandished semiautomatic weapons at protests this year. In addition to quashing turnout, the presence of guns poses a real threat of violence. According to Giffords Law Center’s website: “Guns at the polls are a tinder box near an open flame.” … [Read more...] about It’s legal to bring guns to the polls in many swing states. What could go wrong?
Working at Walter Reed Medical Hospital In early October, the White House released images of Trump at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he had been admitted following a COVID-19 diagnosis. The images showed Trump signing some documents at the end of a long table, seemingly meant to imply that he was perfectly healthy. Upon closer inspection, the pages he was signing appeared to be blank. … [Read more...] about Trump’s 60 Minutes stunt is just his latest ridiculous photo op. These photos prove it