Also: The planning czar who tried and failed to integrate the suburbs, and a horrifying glimpse into your future transit commute.

What We’re Following

In the red: As presidential candidates pitch national housing policies, several include proposals to reverse the damage done by redlining, the system in which government and financial market forces conspired to keep black people trapped in segregated and under-invested neighborhoods. Plans from Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg would target help to homebuyers in neighborhoods once marked as “hazardous” in federal risk maps that still shape the racial wealth gap today.

But a new report from the Brookings Institution finds that those place-based policies may not address racial injustice the way the candidates intend, because many neighborhoods that were redlined in the 1930s no longer have the same racial make-up. CityLab’s Brentin Mock and Kriston Capps look at how each of the candidates’ plans would work and whether a more precise policy is possible. Read their story: Inside 2020 Candidates’ Plans to Address Redlining

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The Planning Czar Who Tried, and Failed, to Integrate the Suburbs

Ed Logue was a powerful agent of urban renewal in New Haven, Boston, and New York City. But his plan to build low-income housing in suburbia came to nought.

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A Horrifying Glimpse Into Your Dystopian Future Transit Commute

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Why Do Instagram Playgrounds Keep Calling Themselves Museums?

The bustling industry of immersive, Instagram-friendly experiences has put a new spin on the word museum.

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Shadow of a Doubt

Charlotte Perriand on the B306 chaise longue (1928-29), designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Perriand. © F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris 2019 © ADAGP, Paris 2019 © AChP

Charlotte Perriand spent much of her career in the shadow of famous men. But an exhibit at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris flips the script on Perriand’s life, using art by the likes of Calder, Miró, and Picasso as a backdrop for 200 creations by the pioneering French designer and architect to mark the 20th anniversary of her death. Throughout her long life, Perriand’s work, designing everything from chairs and bookcases to dorms and kitchens, was preoccupied with the question: How do we make the space we have work for us? On CityLab: How Charlotte Perriand Defined Modern Design


What We’re Reading

Companies reach tentative settlement with Ohio counties in landmark opioid crisis trial (NPR)

America’s small cities are being overrun by tourists (Bloomberg)

Travel has never been “authentic” (Vox)

As homelessness surges in California, so does a backlash (New York Times)

How Latinos revived a once dying Pennsylvania town (Boston Globe)


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