Also: Scooter companies get serious about safety, and three skill sets that explain U.S. economic geography.

What We’re Following

Levee en rose: As Hurricane Barry headed toward the Gulf Coast last week, New Orleans stared down what could have been a “perfect storm” for catastrophic flooding. Louisiana uses different sets of infrastructure to control various kinds of high water: pipes, pumps, and canals for local rainfall; levees and walls for storm surges; and a complex flood control system for the rising Mississippi River. For a while, it looked like New Orleans would need to use all of them for Barry, all at the same time.

Luckily, the storm largely spared New Orleans, but it underscored the hard choices that flood-prone places face in a warmer, wetter climate. As Alexander Kolker, a coastal scientist at the Louisiana University Marine Consortium, writes, “Climate change will not only put stress on our infrastructure, but will make our decisions about how to use that infrastructure more difficult.” On CityLab: Hurricane Barry: Lessons From a Disaster That Wasn’t

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

Why Electric Scooters Companies Are Getting Serious About Safety

Lime has joined rival Bird in establishing a safety advisory board tasked with helping the e-scooter industry shape local regulations—and shake its risky reputation.

Sarah Holder

3 Skill Sets That Explain U.S. Economic Geography

Metro areas in the U.S. with higher cognitive and people skills, versus motor skills, perform better economically and are more resilient during downturns.

Richard Florida

How U.S. Child Care Is Segregated: a Brooklyn Story

At a daycare in a gentrifying Brooklyn area, is the entrance of racially diverse, middle-class families income integration, or more akin to colonization?

Kendra Hurley

Why Did Berlin Just Buy 674 Apartments?

To ward off rent hikes and evictions at the hands of new building owners, the city will purchase homes in the much-coveted Karl Marx Allee neighborhood.

Feargus O'Sullivan

How New York Is Tackling the Dramatic Inequity of Its Statues

She Built NYC, a project to rectify the gender imbalance in NYC’s monuments, is only one project of the city’s women-focused portal Women.NYC.

Molly Keisman



What We’re Reading

What New York City didn’t want the public to know: Its housing policy deepens segregation (New York Times)

The smartphone app that directly powers immigration raids (WNYC)

San Francisco considers raising taxes on the tech industry (Wired)

Volkswagen cheated on emissions standards, and a study says that made thousands of kids sick (Vox)

NYPD officer will not face federal criminal charges in Eric Garner’s death (NPR)


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