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Miami Beach Struggles with Spring Break Violence, Big Crowds
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Miami Beach Struggles with Spring Break Violence, Big Crowds

For the third year in a row, Miami Beach finds itself struggling with spring break violence, including two fatal shootings and unruly crowds, despite a massive police presence and activities designed to give people alternatives to drinking alcohol and roaming the streets. The party-all-the-time vibe in the South Beach section of the popular barrier island...

For God’s Sake: Baylor Researchers Develop a New Model to Predict Smartphone Use During Church Services
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For God’s Sake: Baylor Researchers Develop a New Model to Predict Smartphone Use During Church Services

Smartphones are a ubiquitous part of daily life, always close by for a quick update or scroll. But there are some spaces where smartphone use may be uncertain or even unwelcome – church services, for instance. Noted Baylor University smartphone researchers Meredith E. David, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, and James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H....

Where Do Stolen Bikes Go?
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Where Do Stolen Bikes Go?

Amsterdam is one of the most bike-friendly major cities in the world. That also means the city is a happy hunting ground for thieves, who steal tens of thousands of bikes per year — a substantial chunk of the estimated 850,000 or so that Amsterdam residents own. Which raises some questions. Where do all the...

DeSantis Nears Takeover of Disney Government in Florida
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DeSantis Nears Takeover of Disney Government in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved closer to taking over Walt Disney World’s self-governing district Thursday after House Republicans approved legislation meant to punish the company over its opposition to the law critics have dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.” The bill would leave the district intact but would change its name and require DeSantis to appoint a five-member governing...

Railway Made Swedish Villages and Towns Greener
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Railway Made Swedish Villages and Towns Greener

Construction of the main railway lines in Sweden included a large-scale garden project. Parks and kitchen gardens were built around the new stations, and long hedges were planted along the railways. A new dissertation from the University of Gothenburg describes how this came to be and explains why almost all of these cultivated areas are...

Analyzing the Blueprints of Redlining in Ohio
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Analyzing the Blueprints of Redlining in Ohio

Eighty years after the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) carved up the nation’s metropolitan neighborhoods into redlined maps, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine performed an autopsy on the discriminatory lending practice. Specifically, researchers examined factors that went into decisions made by Ohio’s loan officers, appraisers and real-estate professionals for mortgage applications from...

Researchers Find That to Achieve Long-Term Sustainability, Urban Systems Must Tackle Social Justice and Equity
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Researchers Find That to Achieve Long-Term Sustainability, Urban Systems Must Tackle Social Justice and Equity

Inclusivity and understanding past policies and their effects on underserved and marginalized communities must be part of urban planning, design, and public policy efforts for cities. An international coalition of researchers — led by Georgia Tech — have determined that advancements and innovations in urban research and design must incorporate serious analysis and collaborations with...

More Mountains: the Transformation of Hong Kong’s Arts Ecosystem Is Already Underway
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More Mountains: The Transformation of Hong Kong’s Arts Ecosystem Is Already Underway

With regional pandemic policies being dismantled, Hong Kong is reemerging from behind a zero-COVID-19 curtain to reveal a city in transformation Let’s paint a picture of Hong Kong Island from a distance. By day, mountains are visible rising up from behind a dense configuration of buildings, recalling the contemporary proverb, ‘after mountains, more mountains.’ By...

After Hurricanes, Florida Neighborhoods See Steady Housing Demand, Wealthier Residents
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After Hurricanes, Florida Neighborhoods See Steady Housing Demand, Wealthier Residents

A new peer-reviewed study, which analyzes Florida housing markets battered by hurricanes, finds that affected areas tend to gentrify slightly in the years following a storm: the average income of new buyers increases while long-term demand stays stable. The authors of the paper—who are based at Resources for the Future (RFF), the University of California San...

White Americans Who Believe White People Are Poor Are More Likely to Support Welfare Policies
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White Americans Who Believe White People Are Poor Are More Likely to Support Welfare Policies

White Americans who think that White people are poor are more likely to believe that welfare recipients are hardworking, and to support welfare policies, according to new research in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Previous studies on this subject have focused on White Americans’ beliefs that poor people are Black and the resulting dehumanization of the...