New Tech Campuses Blur Line Between Work and Home
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 150-year-old health-care institution in the Bronx has a new prescription for wellness that starts with affordable housing.
"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."