Also: How “Blade Runner” and sci-fi made everything dystopian, and Donald Trump was never a real New Yorker.

What We’re Following

Weather the storm: Mayor Pete Buttigieg knows that climate change isn’t just a threat to coastal cities. Over the span of 18 months, his city of South Bend, Indiana, was struck by two historic floods—the kind of low-probability events that have become more common in a warming world. The 37-year-old presidential candidate’s approach to the climate crisis is “a mix of the urgent and the politically practical,” highlighting rural and non-coastal issues of environmental adaptation to bring more people into the possible solutions.

In an interview with CityLab’s Sarah Holder airing on television as part of a Weather Channel special this week, Buttigieg emphasized practical actions that might circumvent a partisan battle, pointing to the examples of local initiatives that have already progressed because officials “got tired of waiting for Washington.” Said Buttigieg: “There’s no time to argue over whether climate change is real. We’ve got to get to work on making something happen.” On CityLab: Pete Buttigieg’s Climate Vision: Local Fixes for a Planet in Crisis

Andrew Small


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How Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Learned About Racism in the South

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s report back from his 11-month tour of the South reveals that racism in the region might be deeper than he imagined.

Brentin Mock

How ‘Blade Runner’ and Sci-Fi Made Everything Dystopian

Science fiction, especially Blade Runner, has spawned so many dystopias that dystopia itself has become banal. We need a new utopianism that embraces the city.

Manu Saadia

Can Norway Grow Its Own Timber Building Industry?

Forest-rich Norway is a leader in building with lower-carbon structural wood. But it still lacks factories that can turn trees into building parts.

Tracey Lindeman

Donald Trump Was Never a Real New Yorker

He lived in the greatest city in the world and missed out on everything. The same will be true for Florida.

Peter Mehlman


On the Fly

An abstract, watercolor-like 1960 Delta map boasts of the airline’s “big jets.” (Courtesy of Delta Flight Museum, Atlanta)

Who among us hasn’t killed time at 30,000 feet tracing the lines of an airline network map in an in-flight magazine? These maps are descendants of a cartographic genre that historically stretched the limits of what maps are for. Less a tool for navigation and more an introduction to a new means of transportation, the maps never had to incorporate real flight paths, so designers were completely free to define air travel imagery. Benjamin Schneider interviewed the authors of a new book detailing how these maps evolved over the past century. On CityLab: The Rise and Fall of the Exuberant Airline Map


What We’re Reading

Can “nests” and eco bikes reduce the environmental impact of parcel service in cities? (The Guardian)

Apple pledges $2.5 billion to combat California’s housing crisis (NPR)

A pumpkin-protected bike lane (Streetsblog)

Airbnb says it is banning “party house” listings in response to a Halloween shooting that killed five people (BuzzFeed News)

The immigrants Trump denounces have helped revive the cities he scorns (New York Times)


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