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    US cities’ buy-green schemes reduce their environmental liabilities and costs

US cities’ buy-green schemes reduce their environmental liabilities and costs

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Researchers Nicole Darnall, Justin Stritch, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh, and Won No suggest five actions they should take to increase their success rate. 

As the U.S. federal government pulls back from policies and agreements that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, local governments are poised to pick up the slack. More than 270 U.S. mayors have affirmed their continued commitment to […]

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    Book Review: Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull

Book Review: Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull

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In Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull examines how the ideal of ‘diversity’ has been interpreted and used to alter policy, practices and processes surrounding parole in Canada, with a particular focus on the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). Katelan Dunn welcomes this highly accessible text for shedding light on the ways that […]

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    Immigrants from Mexico are more likely to be exposed to industrial pollution in wealthy regions of the US

Immigrants from Mexico are more likely to be exposed to industrial pollution in wealthy regions of the US

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Environmental factors greatly contribute to inequality in the United States. Research by Maryia Bakhtsiyarava and Raphael Nawrotzki looks at the relationship between an area’s level of industrial pollution and the presence of immigrants. They find that while most international immigrants to the US tend to migrate to less polluted areas, immigrants from Mexico are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards […]

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    How state takeovers undermine the principle of municipal home rule.

How state takeovers undermine the principle of municipal home rule.

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Recent years have seen high profile cases of municipal government failure and state takeover in American cities like Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Ashley E. Nickels writes on why we should be concerned about threats to local autonomy such as these, which can supersede local home rule. She argues that such state actions – which can remove municipalities’ fiscal management […]

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    Science is simply one element out of many in public policy decision making.

Science is simply one element out of many in public policy decision making.

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Science is often hailed as an important part of public policy decision making.  In new research that looks at the role of science among state and local public policy makers in the State of Idaho, Susan Mason finds science’s importance varies by public policy arena and type of public official (elected or non-elected). Science appears to be just one […]

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    Cities of Color are a growing trend in America – and their long-term influence should not be underestimated.

Cities of Color are a growing trend in America – and their long-term influence should not be underestimated.

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Race and place have become high profile issues in recent years. Russell M. Smith writes that issues surrounding urban segregation are also issues in new cities as well as established ones. In new research, he examines ‘Cities of Color’ – which may foreshadow the growth of multi-racial communities in the US – finding that they often form as a […]

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    Keeping up with the Joneses: Superstar houses and the US mortgage frenzy

Keeping up with the Joneses: Superstar houses and the US mortgage frenzy

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Wealth inequality visible in house sizes fueled the mortgage boom that culminated in the 2008 financial crisis, writes Clément Bellet.

Built in 1927 on the eve of the Great Depression, the Palm Beach residence of President Donald Trump – Mar-a-Lago – ranks among the 20 biggest houses in the United States. At 62,500 square feet, it is about 35 times the […]

Book Review: Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide by Ingrid Burrington

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In Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide, Ingrid Burrington takes readers on an illustrated tour of the material objects and networks of New York City upon which internet provision depends, from road markings to manhole covers and underground cables. Joe Shaw welcomes this as an accessible and enjoyable introduction to the growing research into internet infrastructure. 

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    Donald Trump is poised to do great harm to US cities (but not for the reasons you might think)

Donald Trump is poised to do great harm to US cities (but not for the reasons you might think)

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American cities collectively hold about $3.7 trillion in bonds, which have historically been used to fund capital expenditures. In recent years, however, bond issuers have been strategically leveraging municipalities’ debts via derivatives, which have introduced systemic risk into the municipal finance system. L. Owen Kirkpatrick writes that the Trump administration’s stated desire to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act may speed […]

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    In neighborhoods that struggle economically, supporting community cohesion is key to the formation of Business Improvement Districts

In neighborhoods that struggle economically, supporting community cohesion is key to the formation of Business Improvement Districts

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Businesse Improvement Districts or BIDs have become an important part of most downtown areas in US cities, having beneficial impacts on crime rates and property values. But, if BIDs are so beneficial, then why do some not emerge in certain neighborhoods? In a new study on BID formation in Los Angeles, Wonhyung Lee finds that poorer communities and those […]

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