Danielle Outlaw is pictured.
Courtesy of the Portland Mayor's Office

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

New boss: Portland’s new police chief, Danielle Outlaw, will be the first African-American woman and only the third city “outsider” to head the bureau. Outlaw, a 19-year veteran of the Oakland police department, comes to Portland at a fraught moment for policing, The Oregonian reports:

Her appointment Monday by Mayor Ted Wheeler comes at a critical time when community and police relations are strained and the force faces a daunting list of federally mandated reforms.

The mayor said Outlaw shares his goals of improving bureau relationships with Portland's communities of color, increasing diversity on the 950-member force and embracing equity.

Arts access: Voters in Seattle have officially shot down “Prop 1,” a sales tax that would have provided funds to arts, culture, and science organizations to increase access for middle- and lower-income families. Critics framed bill as a money grab for large arts institutions. (Seattle Times, The Stranger)

    Cleaning up “Philthadelphia:” Mayor Jim Kenney has announced a new initiative, CleanPHL, to make Philadelphia a “zero waste” city by 2035, tackling problems like illegal dumping and littering. To commemorate the new plan, the Philadelphia Inquirer rounds up some egregious examples of local littering.

    Tackling the tampon taboo: A U.S. Senate bill that would require free access to menstrual products for incarcerated women is the latest expression of a grassroots push for “menstrual equity” across the nation, as four states and two cities (Chicago and D.C.) have approved eliminating the sales tax on tampons and a number of universities and workplaces start stocking free supplies. (Washington Post)

    More, please: The opening of the world’s biggest bike parking garage would be heralded as a success for most places, but for the Dutch city of Utrecht the question is, are 12,500 spaces enough? Residents here make 43 percent of their journeys under 4.6 miles by bike, while, countrywide in the Netherlands, bikes actually outnumber people. (Guardian)

    The urban lens:

    It's a bit much isn't it. #latergram #nofilter #theshard

    A post shared by Anne Schulthess (@anneschulthess) on

    Show us your city on Instagram using #citylabontheground

    About the Author

    Most Popular

    1. Design

      A History of the American Public Library

      A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

    2. Equity

      Berlin Builds an Arsenal of Ideas to Stage a Housing Revolution

      The proposals might seem radical—from banning huge corporate landlords to freezing rents for five years—but polls show the public is ready for something dramatic.

    3. Maps

      Mapping the Growing Gap Between Job Seekers and Employers

      Mapping job openings with available employees in major U.S. cities reveals a striking spatial mismatch, according to a new Urban Institute report.

    4. A photo of a design maquette for the Obama Presidential Center planned for Jackson Park and designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
      Design

      Why the Case Against the Obama Presidential Center Is So Important

      A judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by Chicago preservationists can proceed, dealing a blow to Barack Obama's plans to build his library in Jackson Park.

    5. a map of the Mayan Train route in Mexico
      Environment

      Mexico’s ‘Mayan Train’ Is Bound for Controversy

      President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s signature rail project would link cities and tourist sites in the Yucatan with rural areas and rainforests.