Also: Lyft adds public transit info to its app, and Trump’s “public charge” rule is facing legal challenges.
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Cranes in the sky: Reaching hundreds of feet into the sky and dangling over city streets, cranes should be pretty hard to miss. But spotting one in the wild can be a bit like spotting its avian homonym: You have to watch the skies. In some cities, a skyline full of construction equipment has become synonymous with change and displacement. And residents study the cranes like tea leaves.
But they can be a flawed measure of “neighborhood change"—the construction booms they represent could be exacerbating an affordability crisis, or easing one. CityLab’s Sarah Holder went out in San Francisco with one of the construction project managers behind the bi-annual Crane Count that tallies these towering tools. Read her story: What I Learned Counting Cranes in San Francisco.
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Will luxury towers edge out the last of the working-class Chinese residents in New York’s Chinatown? (Vox)
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