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Why Politicians Are the Real Winners in Amazon’s HQ2 Bidding War

Now that Amazon has announced the winners of its competition to host its second headquarters, a question on many minds is whether it’ll be worth the incentives offered. We have a different question: Why did so many cities play Amazon’s billion-dollar bidding game in the first place? One media narrative has portrayed the leaders of...

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Food Systems Planning Experts Say It’s Time to Reflect on Local Governments’ Efforts

Governments across the U.S. and Canada have made strides in their food systems planning efforts, with many recognizing within the past decade that the issue of food insecurity is just as important as maintaining other public infrastructure like roads and water systems. Still, questions remain: How are local governments engaging in the food system? Who...

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Police Killings of Unarmed Black Americans Affect Mental Health of Black Community

Black Americans are nearly three times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts, with even larger disparities among those who are unarmed. The trend is also harming the mental health of the black community, according to new research published in The Lancet from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

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Will Silicon Valley’s New Company Towns End Up as Failed Utopias

Willow Village is a community planned for a 59-acre site in California’s Silicon Valley, between Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. It will have housing, offices, a grocery store, a pharmacy, and its developers say, maybe even its own cultural center. There’s one notable thing about Willow Village that makes it different from other new...

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Under Age 13, Suicide Rates Are Roughly Double for Black Children Vs. White Children

Suicide rates in the United States have traditionally been higher among whites than blacks across all age groups. However, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that racial disparities in suicide rates are age-related. Specifically, suicide rates for black children aged 5-12 were roughly two times higher than those of similarly aged white children. “Our findings...

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Many Airbnb Venues Lack Basic Safety Protections, New Study Suggests

Many Airbnb venues in the United States fail to provide the critical carbon monoxide and fire safety protections that are legally required of hotels and motels, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The analysis, published May 7 in the journal Injury Prevention, revealed that while the majority of rental properties–80...

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Gentrification Draws More Whites to Minority Neighborhoods, Study Indicates

Residents and anti-gentrification activists tend to fear gentrification will lead to displacement by white residents while some experts believe it’s an optimistic sign of an economic boom that would enable people to rise up economically. A new USC study of census data shows that nationally, neighborhood ascent — a broad definition of gentrification — is...

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Female Firefighters Defy Old Ideas of Who Can Be an American Hero

  Five women graduated from New York City’s Fire Academy on April 18, bringing the number of women serving in the Fire Department of New York to 72 – the highest in its history. The FDNY’s 2018 graduating class also includes the first son to follow his mother into the profession. She was one of...