Also: Fort Lee beyond Bridgegate, and how to design an esports arena.

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What We’re Following

Break glass: Is gentrification a national emergency? While the direct relationship between displacement and gentrification still befuddles urban economists, there’s longer-term evidence of a crisis. Between 2000 and 2013, close to 111,000 African Americans were displaced from gentrifying neighborhoods in cities across the United States, according to a new report from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. That trend is pretty geographically limited, though: Half of the gentrified Census tracts were in just seven cities—with the largest shifts occurring in New York, Los Angeles, D.C., and Seattle. Even then, most cities experiencing gentrification were only seeing it in a handful of neighborhoods.

Of course, a lot has happened in the last five years, and data measuring “gentrification intensity” can only tell us so much about the particular problem. “In the communities where it’s happening, it’s absolutely an emergency,” one of the report’s authors tells CityLab’s Brentin Mock. Read his story: Where Gentrification Is an Emergency, and Where It’s Not

Andrew Small


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Pete Buttigieg and the Police Department: Race Record Under Scrutiny

After a speech surfaced with Pete Buttigieg saying "All Lives Matter" in 2015, racial issues in the South Bend police department, and Buttigieg's role in them, are being scrutinized.

Sarah Holder and Kriston Capps

Fort Lee, Beyond Bridgegate

The town next to the George Washington Bridge is fed—and cursed—by cars and trucks flowing to New York City. But there’s more to Fort Lee than traffic.

Sam Sklar

How to Design an Esports Arena

An architect working on Philadelphia’s future esports arena explains the basics of designing for video-game competitions.

Claire Tran

Chicago’s Ankle Monitors Can Call and Record Kids Without Their Consent

Juvenile electronic monitoring now comes with a new form of potential surveillance.

Kira Lerner

Can Stacey Abrams Rescue the 2020 Census?

The former gubernatorial candidate and Democratic rising star has launched a nonprofit to help Georgia’s underrepresented communities get counted in 2020.  

Kriston Capps


What We’re Reading

A murdered college student’s family is calling on Uber and Lyft to make rides safer (BuzzFeed News)

Two Cleveland suburbs show how White Democrats’ culture clash has been long in the making (FiveThirtyEight)

Bright lights in big cities mean more birds die from building collisions (NPR)

Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. (Vox)

In San Francisco, making a living from your billionaire neighbor’s trash (New York Times)


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