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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Church as prop The most egregious photo op was back in June, when the administration cleared peaceful protesters from a park adjacent to a D.C. church with tear gas so Trump could pose for photographers. Trump stood in front of the church, held up a Bible, and—once its use as a set piece was complete—left. Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington, which oversees the church, told NPR that the Bible Trump held up “almost looked like a prop” that he had no right to use. … [Read more...] about Trump’s 60 Minutes stunt is just his latest ridiculous photo op. These photos prove it
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?