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9 days ago

Workplace diversity is associated with increased sales and revenue as well as greater profitability and innovation. Despite this, professional environments remain relatively homogenous.

Diverse Teams Feel Less Comfortable — and That’s Why They Perform Better

hbr.org

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14 days ago

According to the OECD, governments should invest in areas such as education and transportation in order to maximize the benefits of migration and decrease the burden on public services.

Immigrants are good for the economy and governments need to explain that, says OECD

telegraph.co.uk

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14 days ago

City of Vienna optimizes municipal resources and public spaces for women. A strategic approach to city design, landscaping, lighting, and transportation improves safety and accessibility.

How to Design a City for Women

citylab.com

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14 days ago

SBS Health System has designed a 450,000 square-foot complex specifically designed to expand affordable housing and increase health and wellness among low-income residents.

Bronx Project Sees Health in Affordable Housing

wsj.com

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14 days ago

Immigrants account for a quarter of US entrepreneurs and these numbers are expected to grow.

Immigrant entrepreneurship and employment growth in the US

voxeu.org

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14 days ago

Study finds Walmart outsources approx. $6.2 billion in labour costs onto taxpayers.

Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance

forbes.com

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14 days ago

Police in Gloucester, Massachusetts decided to no longer arrest drug users who approached them seeking help, instead assigning them personal guides whose goal was to help them begin the process of recovery.

One town came up with a genius plan for dealing with drug users: Stop arresting them.

upworthy.com

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14 days ago

The Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (ORCA) offers a model for how cities can own the responsibility for the reintegration of their returning incarcerated citizens.

Will D.C. Be the First U.S. City to Escape the Prison Trap?

nextcity.org

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14 days ago

Cities have acknowledged that good nutrition is key to a productive population, whilst the urban poor are spending about 70% of their income on food.

We can’t build better cities without improving nutrition

archive.citiscope.org

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14 days ago

The United States Supreme Court rules that police relegating minorities to poor areas violates the Fair Housing Act.

Supreme Court vs. Neighborhood Segregation

theatlantic.com

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14 days ago

Brussels launches the “Fix My Street” platform, allowing citizens to easily report public space issues. Since its launch, over 8,000 people have used the app to report over 26,000 incidents.

How citizens are helping to fix Brussels’ streets

cities-today.com

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14 days ago

Study looking at travel time between home and school finds that where students live affects their school choice. Less than half of students attend their closest school.

Where Students Live Affects School Choice

howhousingmatters.org

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16 days ago

According to researchers, 16% of a housing unit’s is due to parking costs. This amounts to $1700 a year for the average renter.

If you’re renting a city apartment without a car, 16% of your rent pays for parking you don’t need

qz.com

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23 days ago

Richard Florida speaks to how policing should shift its focus from reducing visible signs of community decay to tackling domestic disputes in order to deter crime.

Private Conflict, Not Broken Windows

citylab.com

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200 days ago

A growing number of suburban tech company campuses are being redeveloped to allow for employees to live, work and play in the same geographical area. This is part of their strategy to retain talent.

New Tech Campuses Blur Line Between Work and Home

smartcitiesdive.com

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200 days ago

Munir A. Sheikh, the former chief statistician of Canada, argues that the evidence that immigration improves living standards is lacking. He argues that the success of immigrants in Canada is dependent on immigration policy, policy execution, complementary policies, and labour market mismatch. We need to explore how one or a few of these critical factors are failing immigrants and the immigration system as a whole.

How can immigration improve our standard of living? Add to ...

theglobeandmail.com

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200 days ago

BART rolled out new trains in 2016. Check out what went into making design decisions for the new trains: "people hate sitting between strangers. They hate having to make eye contact."

The Hidden Art of Designing Trains for Anti-Social Commuters

wired.com

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200 days ago

By 2035, 50°C weather will become the norm if currently environmental trends continue. In 2013, this kind of weather led to major impacts on health and infrastructure. There were also bushfires in October.

Record Heat Could Be the 'New Normal' as Soon as 2025

citylab.com

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202 days ago

Secular stagnation "describes a world in which there are lots of savings and comparatively few attractive places to invest them. The excess of saving over investment represents a shortfall in demand, and weak demand shows up in anaemic growth figures and low inflation."

economist.com

Imagine Cities

202 days ago

"In 1966 the Chicago city government was taken to court for building all its public housing in areas that were wholly black. By way of compensation, it provided vouchers for 7,500 families to move to nicer (and whiter) parts of the city and its suburbs. Studies found that 15-20 years later the families were still in their new neighbourhoods and their children were attending better schools and doing better than those who stayed behind."

economist.com

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202 days ago

While 90% of Americans over the age of 65 want to age in their homes, they lack access to affordable housing. This is partly due to land use that restrict the types of housing that can be built.

This affordable old house: How zoning can help seniors age in place

urban.org

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212 days ago

Based in Toronto, Furniture Bank provides furniture to those who need it. They have been open for 16 years and served 5,600 people in 2014. They have helped people getting out of homelessness, refugees who have fled to Canada with very little, and women and children fleeing violence.

Give Smart: Furniture Bank

thestar.com

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217 days ago

While societies may think differently about mental health, we must to more to support those facing this issue. The Center for Urban Design and Mental Health recommends that cities incorporate four main themes into urban design to support mental health: green spaces, active spaces, social spaces, and safe spaces.

Designing a Megacity for Mental Health

citylab.com

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217 days ago

In an effort to mitigate against flooding, China is developing sponge cities. These cities create infrastructure that will be able to absorb water such as replacing concrete with wetlands and rooftops and rain gardens so that stormwater can be absorbed into the land.

China's 'sponge cities' are turning streets green to combat flooding

theguardian.com

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217 days ago

Across the UK, Canada, Australia and the US, immigrants are more likely start up a business than native born. What’s interesting is that when immigrants and native born partner to launch a business, they create many more jobs than going it alone.

Immigrant entrepreneurship and employment growth in the US

voxeu.org

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230 days ago

In an essay posted on the CBPP website, Greenstein argued that adding a basic income on top of the existing safety net would require tax increases that are simply not politically viable. He also argued that using basic income to replace the safety net would actually increase poverty, because the spending wouldn’t be as well-targeted.

An expert on fighting poverty makes the case against a universal basic income

vox.com

Imagine Cities

230 days ago

A 150-year-old health-care institution in the Bronx has a new prescription for wellness that starts with affordable housing.

Bronx Project Sees Health in Affordable Housing

wsj.com

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230 days ago

"Since the funds available for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure are scarce, developing a uniform way to measure their effectiveness will help local governments determine how best to use those scarce funds."

Planning Method Offers Way to Prioritize Pedestrian, Bike Projects

nextcity.org

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