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    Lockdown shows us it is not work that attracts us to big cities – but the social life

Lockdown shows us it is not work that attracts us to big cities – but the social life

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COVID’s effect on the social lives of city dwellers – being able to meet at the pub, restaurants or theatre – may be more relevant for the future of cities than its impact on work, write Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Fabian Bald, Duncan Roth, and Tobias Seidel.

The world is currently experiencing the largest pandemic since the Spanish flu one century ago. […]

Book Review: The Ghetto by Bryan Cheyette

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In The Ghetto, Bryan Cheyette offers a new addition to the Oxford University Press series of ‘Very Short Introductions’, distilling the long history of the changing meaning of the ‘ghetto’ across the globe and through time over six succinct chapters. With the author’s expertise in modern literature and culture bringing a new angle on the topic, Laura Vaughan highly […]

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    How state governments talk about the COVID-19 pandemic helps them tackle it. 

How state governments talk about the COVID-19 pandemic helps them tackle it. 

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Much of the responsibility for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the US has fallen on states and their governments. Michael Mintrom and Ruby O’Connor write that the stories governors have told their citizens about their state’s COVID-19 policies have been incredibly important. They argue that in order to best aid the acceptance of often controversial policies, policymakers should strive to create consistent messages, crafted to local conditions and that align talk […]

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    Self-interest often drives US states’ adoption of Evidence Based Policy measures

Self-interest often drives US states’ adoption of Evidence Based Policy measures

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In the US, lawmaking at the state level is often heavily linked to the ideology of the party which controls the legislature. Evidenced Based Policy, on the other hand, provides a means for lawmakers to develop measures based on research and data. In new research, Luke Yingling and Daniel J. Mallinson look at what drives the adoption of Evidence […]

Do skyscrapers make economic sense?

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The vast majority of tall buildings—even if they appear out of scale given contemporary perceptions—have a solid economic case, write Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Jason Barr.

A hundred years ago, policymakers in New York were convinced that, “few skyscrapers pay large net returns…” and that, “the very tall buildings demand many things out of proportion to their increased bulk” (Heights […]

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    Book Review: Feminist City: Claiming Space in the Man-Made World by Leslie Kern

Book Review: Feminist City: Claiming Space in the Man-Made World by Leslie Kern

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In Feminist City: Claiming Space in the Man-Made World, Leslie Kern delves into the interlocking inequalities and systems of oppression that take concrete shape in cities, using an intersectional feminist approach to explore the gendered aspects of urban space. This is an enjoyable and accessible book that not only contributes to urban feminist geography, but to urban planning and […]

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    Why California’s ‘superstar’ cities may have a quick recovery despite being hard hit by COVID-19 

Why California’s ‘superstar’ cities may have a quick recovery despite being hard hit by COVID-19 

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California’s ‘superstar’ cities and regions – which together make up nearly 90 percent of the state’s GDP – have experienced the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Maliha Ahmed writes that despite being hard hit, these superstar areas have a combination of industries which have been less affected by the pandemic compared to those in poorer areas. With both superstar and non-superstar […]

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    Book Review: The City by Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess

Book Review: The City by Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess

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Andrew Karvonen revisits the classic urban studies book The City by Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess, originally published in 1925, and argues that contemporary scholars can take inspiration from the bold scientific agenda promoted by these influential authors from the Chicago school of sociology.

The City. Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess (with a new foreword by […]

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    Economic inequality can help predict COVID-19 deaths in the US

Economic inequality can help predict COVID-19 deaths in the US

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COVID-19 has not affected everywhere in the US equally, there are significant disparities in Covid-related illnesses between the states. In new research which analyses the relationship between COVID-19 and economic, social and demographic factors, Harold Clarke and Paul Whiteley find that those states with greater income inequality are more likely to see coronavirus cases and related deaths.  

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    Covid-19 is an unfolding health and financial crisis for US local governments. 

Covid-19 is an unfolding health and financial crisis for US local governments. 

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With disputes between the US federal and state governments as to how best to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic ongoing, many local governments have had to respond to the crisis on their own. Bruce D. McDonald, III and Sarah E. Larson write that for many of these local governments, Covid-19 is a double crisis. Not only is it a public health emergency, it is also […]

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