Also: Smashing the great pumpkin-waste problem, and California’s wildfires are not a morality tale.

What We’re Following

Ballot box: It’s the day after America’s off-year election, and some of the results are in. Here’s a rundown of some of the key outcomes so far:

  • Pete Buttigieg’s hand-picked successor, James Mueller, won the election for mayor of South Bend, signaling a continuation of Buttigieg’s legacy. (Vox)

  • Danica Roem, who campaigned on traffic congestion improvements that haven’t yet come to fruition, won re-election in Virginia’s 13th district. (Daily Beast)

  • Meanwhile, Democrats flipped the Virginia state legislature for the first time in more than two decades. (PBS NewsHour)

  • Washington voters seem poised to restrict the price of “car tab” taxes, leaving cities scrambling for transportation funding. (Seattle Times)

  • Jersey City voted to restrict home-sharing, delivering a loss to Airbnb, which spent $4.2 million campaigning against the regulation. (Bloomberg)

  • Denver will likely get a separate department of transportation for the first time, in a move designed to emphasize the city’s increased investment. (Denverite)

  • New York City approved ranked-choice voting, the biggest U.S. city to adopt the reform. (Vox)

  • Kansas City voters decided to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a recently rechristened boulevard. (NBC News)

  • Democrats won control of Delaware County, a suburban county outside Philadelphia that Republicans have controlled since before the Civil War. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Stay tuned for more coverage from CityLab.

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

California’s Wildfires Are Not a Morality Tale

The fire-scorched state’s history has long been marked by calamities. But its latest disaster did not come to teach Californians a lesson.

Laura Bliss

Smashing the Great Pumpkin-Waste Problem

Community pumpkin-smashing events aim to cut down on Halloween’s contribution to America’s food waste problem and reap the benefits of composting.

Linda Poon

What’s Missing From Apple’s $2.5 Billion Housing Plan

Apple is the latest tech giant to commit funds to California’s housing crisis. But experts say the largest barrier to housing is not money; it's political will.

Laura Bliss and Sarah Holder

In California, a Native American Tribe’s Quest: Give Back Our Island

The Wiyot Tribe was driven from California’s Duluwat Island in 1860. After decades of lobbying by the tribe, the Eureka City Council returned it.

Sarah Holder

One Suffocating City Is a Harbinger of Health Crises Around the World

News images from New Delhi seem cut from an apocalyptic outbreak film.

James Hamblin


What We’re Reading

Uber’s automated driving system could not detect jaywalking pedestrians, NTSB finds (Wired)

Welcome to Citrus County, Florida, home to the culture war for a day (Tampa Bay Times)

Say goodbye to D.C.’s duck boats, which ferried supplies on D-Day and tourists on the National Mall (WAMU)

Why it’s so hard to buy “real food” in farm country (New York Times)


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