The observation that the redlining imposed on American cities in the 1930s affects tree cover now is more and more widely appreciated. This terrific piece in National Geographic includes a fantastic video about the topic. Worth a read!
The piece also explores how to examine cities for the places of the haves and the have-nots, using the "transect," a walk along a boulevard that cuts across the neighborhoods. Fascinating photos!
Bloomberg News/CityLab collaboration produced a superb report on the redevelopment of the Lower Hill District in Pittsburgh, a pivot point for the future of the historic African American neighborhood of The Hill -- famous as the setting of August Wilson's 10-play cycle. My favorite line -- the project overall will be $1 billion dollars -- $50 million is slated to go to the residents of The Hill, who have suffered decades of displacement and disinvestment. The developer said, "I think that's more than fair." It's slightly better than the $15 million that was being bandied around by some developers who talked to me a couple of years ago. But FAIR???? Have they completely ignored the news???? Did they visit The Hill????
In order to see this in your own city, you might find the article on "map twins" interesting -- a Chicago project to introduce people who have the same house number but live on different "sides" of the north-side divide of Madison Street. It would be an interesting project to replicate, if your city has a nice long transect that cuts through a variety of neighborhoods.
Some advice on building a healthy society by the leading American epidemiologist Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University School of Public Health. At the heart of his advice: fairness.