A morning roundup of the day’s news.
After the riots: At 10 years old, James Craig watched his city burn. At 20, he became a Detroit police officer. At the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots, Craig, now 60 and chief of police, reflects on the city’s current state with the Detroit Free Press:
I’m not going to be naïve and say that we can’t have some kind of brush-up, but do I think that the city is a hair away from civil unrest? Absolutely not. …Today, the one thing that’s vastly different is we have a police department that is engaged with this community. … Put any city up next to Detroit right now. When you think about what happened in 1967, unemployment, hopelessness, education, segregation in housing, those things were as critical as to the inept and brutal police department of that day. The police department was just the focal point because, like in any city, the most visible form of government is the police. So if you’re going to rebel, you’re going to rebel against the police.
- See also: The Free Press’ extensive coverage on all aspects of the riots, including an hour-by-hour timeline.
- And, should we even be calling it a “riot”?
Lyft’s leverage: After so far focusing on partnerships for self-driving car technology, Lyft announced Friday that it’s joining the game with its own research unit—a late-entry move that Bloomberg sees as leverage for the firm’s future negotiations.
- Meanwhile, over at Uber, The New York Times profiles the woman who could save the beleaguered ride-sharing company— chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John, who earned her marketing chops with Pepsi, Beats, and Apple Music.
Deportation fight: In Ann Arbor, the planned deportation of Lourdes Salazar-Bautista has become a rallying cry for local activists and elected officials at odds with White House immigration policies, with the city council defending the Mexican native as a “lawful, positive, contributing resident and taxpayer” for nearly 20 years. (The Intercept)
Suburb fixer: In 2009, municipal engineer Charles Marohn started the Strong Towns website to raise questions about America’s approach to sprawl. Today, Marohn is a seasoned urban policy expert known for likening suburban development to “a giant Ponzi scheme.” (Time)
Affordable New Orleans: Whoever is elected to replace New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu this fall will inherit a city deep in the throes of an affordable housing debate, with an estimated 1,200 leases set to expire by 2021 and a number of policy experiments in progress. (Next City)
Medical marijuana newbies: Some Baltimore residents have concerns and questions as medical marijuana dispensaries prepare to open in their communities by December, following the state’s approval of 102 operator licenses. (Baltimore Sun)
Public, but not: The Guardian looks at the rise of “pseudo-public” spaces in London: more than 50 squares and parks that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by private corporations that dictate their own rules outside of government.
Turning brutalism on its head:
Sometimes form is function. Brutalism, in general, was so ugly that its strict functionalism became non-functional. In DC they turned this on its head, using brutalist elements to create a system whose clean lines and geometrical spaces enhance functionality through their beauty. . . . . . . . #brutalism #functionalism #architecture #lines #curves #cave #subway #metro #DC #train #transit #citylab #citylabontheground
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