Also: The changing demographics of America’s suburbs, and the slave revolt reenactment taking over New Orleans.
What We’re Following
Clear-eyed: Since the 1990s, requiring see-through backpacks has become a common method for securing public spaces. But for the students in Parkland, Florida, returning after the deadly 2018 shootings, a new school rule requiring clear book bags was a bridge too far. They used the bags as a forum for protest.
The teens aren't the first to question whether the clear bags do much more than invade personal privacy. Transparent bags have streamlined efforts to screen for firearms and other dangers in stadiums, music festivals, and even public transit. But critics say the policies serve as another example of security theater that undermines public trust, whether or not they prevent the next tragedy. CityLab’s Sarah Holder has the story: The Empty Promise of a Clear Backpack
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Imagine All the People
Bay Area readers, have we got an event for you. With San Francisco’s move to ban cars from Market Street, the time is ripe to talk about reimagining the region’s streets as safer, greener, and more efficient. On Monday, November 18, CityLab’s Laura Bliss and Sarah Holder will host “Imagining More People-First Streets,” a discussion with our co-host SPUR and Oakland transportation leaders.
Come meet your fellow urban enthusiasts and your favorite urban thinkers, and don’t forget to bring your questions. Tickets are free, but advance registration is required. More information available on our Eventbrite page.
What We’re Reading
After the water: Flash floods pose an existential threat to towns across the U.S. (NPR)
Los Angeles asks residents to design their own parks (Next City)
A dream of homeownership, undermined (New Republic)
After a statewide ballot initiative, Seattle is suing to keep its car tabs (Streetsblog)
Why protests around the world often involve public transportation (Vox)