Among the popular stories this week on Broken Sidewalk was a proposal for a streetcar route on Fourth Street. In that spirit, take a look at this vintage view of a neighborhood street in Louisville for this week’s New Roundup Challenge. Tell us where it is in the comments. And here are ten stories to get you through the weekend.
- Black Radical Weeksville. Jonathan Tarleton explores how a New York City neighborhood’s “institutional trajectory has navigated the challenges of historic preservation, the pressures of real estate speculation, the complexities of art and culture acting as community catalysts, and the hopes and fears surrounding shifting neighborhood dynamics.” Urban Omnibus
- Big Data Has Potential to Both Hurt and Help Disadvantaged Communities. Alexis Stephens highlights the ongoing debate about how the “internet of people and things” can, on the one hand, provide access to knowledge and security and, on the other, a dystopian vision and civil rights nightmare. This is an increasingly important topic as cities become the focus of new “smart” technologies. Next City
- Louisville Metro Police’s Racial Profiling Study Still Not Released. Louisville continues to struggle with addressing the many racial disparities felt by parts of its population. This issue will continue to grow in importance as the city looks to develop westward. WFPL
- The case for walking or cycling (or taking the train) to work. “Our study shows that the longer people spend commuting in cars, the worse their psychological well-being…And correspondingly, people feel better when they have a longer walk to work.” Here’s why. Washington Post
- Rebel Architecture: 6-Part Series on Global Guerrilla Urbanism. If you love tactical urbanism, take a look at how rebel architect Santiago Cirugeda continually manipulates the gray areas of the law to create beautiful, active, social spaces for the people of Spain in light of their country’s economic crisis. Web Urbanist
- Cities Will Solve Climate Change, Not Nations. “As world leaders gather at the U.N. on September 23 to reiterate or reveal pledges for action to combat climate change, it is in cities that such actions are actually happening.” Scientific American
- New York Today: The Women Who Built the City. Sometimes the real city builders are overlooked. Well, except Jane Jacobs. The New York Times
- In Europe and America, Segregation Continues. Tanvi Misra explores how the structure of cities affects long term segregation. Louisville take note. City Lab
- Google, Microsoft Expose Brazil’s Favelas. Until recently, the Favelas of Brazil and many other cities have been overlooked due to their “informal” status. Now Google and Microsoft are interested in the “economic opportunity” they represent. Wall Street Journal
- Aerial Urbanism: Hyper-Dense ‘Cloud City’ Redefines Skylines. If you were worried about density and pollution in China, worry no more! Cloud Citizen, a project of Urban Future Organization (UFO) and Chalmers Technical University, provides some interesting renderings toward a solution. Web Urbanist
[Image: Courtesy UL Photographic Archives / Reference.]
Corner of Everett and Longest Ave.