Also: Episode 2 of Technopolis, and the curse of living on Instagram’s favorite street.
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What We’re Following
Distress signals: The surprise results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election led many people to wonder if the 2008 financial crisis changed the nation’s political trajectory. Housing researcher Deirdre Pfeiffer questioned in particular if housing distress had an effect on people’s politics and voting patterns between the 2006 and 2010 elections in Maricopa County, Arizona. Drilling down to the neighborhood level across the Phoenix region, the short answer she found was: Yes, it did.
Holding all else equal, neighborhoods with higher foreclosure rates were less likely to vote Republican in the second election, and there was a leftward shift in the hardest-hit areas. “We can’t really say that what was going on in Arizona was a factor in Trump’s election,” Pfeiffer told CityLab’s Tanvi Misra. “Our research is suggestive that what was going on in the housing market may have contributed to that outcome in other places in 2016.” Read the story today on CityLab: Does Housing Distress Affect How We Vote?
More on CityLab
Autonomous vehicles may be coming sooner than you think. Even if it takes a while until AVs are ready to transport people all on their own, they could soon become vehicles for delivering your groceries or takeout. All of this will pose new challenges for cities, from how we might change laws for pedestrians to what we might do in the cars when we’re not driving them.
In the second episode of CityLab’s Technopolis podcast, hosts Molly Turner and Jim Kapsis take a tour of autonomous vehicles’ little-considered effects. Check out the latest episode, Sex, Vomit, and Criminalized Pedestrians: Is This the Future of Self-Driving Cars?
What We’re Reading
Ben Carson says he intends to leave HUD at the end of Trump’s term (Washington Post)
Chicago is sinking (Chicago Tribune)
Pritzker Prize goes to Arata Isozaki, designer for a postwar world (New York Times)
How federal disaster money favors the rich (NPR)
In Central Valley towns, California’s bullet train isn’t an idea: “It’s people’s lives” (Los Angeles Times)