We had no winners for our last sidewalk challenge. The correct location was Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville just across the Big Four Bridge. The street was recently redesigned to include bike lanes, rain gardens, and wide sidewalks.
Here’s a new sidewalk challenge for this week ready to be identified in the comments below for your chance to win an official Broken Sidewalk magnet. (The rules: First correct response wins; Leave a real email so we can get in touch if you win; No repeat winners for four months; Comments must be left on this news roundup.) Good luck!
And now on with the week’s top urbanism #cityreads in the news:
Beautiful maps of what our cities actually smell like. There’s many ways to map the experience of urban living. Here’s one that isn’t always pleasant. Wonkblog
How Eight Principles of Civic Ecology Enable Disaster Recovery. Kieth Tidball presents us with eight principles that, when used in conjunction, can create the conditions for a truly resilient place in the face of disaster. Sustainable City Collective
Staying Power: Organizing for Affordable Housing in New York City, Past and Present. Nick Juravich explores the Interference Archives newest installation that features the rich history of tenant organizing around issues of housing affordability in New York city. Urban Omnibus
What Would an Ungentrified New York City Look Like in 2034? A recent event by artist and Storyteller, Betty Yu, explores what the future of New York city could be if we begin to take the issue of gentrification seriously. Next City
Google Creates Company to Improve Cities. Google has jumped into the cities game (arguably a little late, but better than never….we hope) with its new company, Sidewalk Labs (no relation), but will it be able to do more than continue the current tradition of ubiquitous technology, endless data with little use value, and commodification of public resources? Sustainable City Collective
Mental Maps and the Neuroscience of Neighborhood Blight. What can we learn about cities from Neuroscience? Lots it seems! Pacific Standard
How the rise of gated spaces like swimming pools can quietly perpetuate racial tension. A current incident with police in McKinney, Texas highlights the problems of privatization and enclosure. Wonkblog
Architects Invite Detroit Students to Play the Game of City-Making. What can Architects and students do to address the urban issues in Detroit? Curbed
How Globalization Has Tattooed The Skin Of Buildings Around The World. “If architecture is all about loving the bodies of the buildings that surround us, photographer Roland Fischer is all about the skin.” Co.Design