Also: Ride-hailing cars are turning into high-tech billboards, and Berlin wants to freeze rents for 5 years.

What We’re Following

Rise and shine: Fawn Lake, a gated community surrounded by sparkling lakes and rolling fields near the historic Civil War battlefields of Spotsylvania, Virginia, has a new neighbor: a solar power plant with 1.8 million panels. And residents nearby aren’t happy about it, with arguments against the solar facility ranging from forest destruction, to fire risks, to damaging Spotsylvania’s historic character.

As the renewable energy market expands, so has the opportunity for “solar NIMBYism.” While the American public increasingly supports green energy, all kinds of communities have their own reasons to say “not in my backyard” to the actual facilities that generate the power. CityLab’s Linda Poon looks at the rationales behind the resistance: When Residents Support Solar—Just ‘Not in My Backyard’

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

Ride-Hailing Cars Are Turning Into High-Tech Digital Billboards

A startup called Firefly puts sensor-equipped advertising screens on top of Uber and Lyft vehicles. Now they do more than marketing: They collect data.

Sarah Holder

How AI Could Change the Highly-Skilled Job Market

A new study uses artificial intelligence to find that jobs done by highly skilled workers are the most likely to be affected by AI.

Richard Florida

Berlin Wants to Freeze Rents for 5 Years. Can It Really Do That?

The German capital is about to begin a groundbreaking rental law, but looming legal challenges and new revelations cast doubt on whether it’s possible at all.

Feargus O'Sullivan

How Strong Social Bonds Help Communities Cope With Disaster

As climate change makes disasters more severe, researchers say we can prepare by being informed, volunteering, and staying socially connected.

Nicole Wetsman



What We’re Reading

A new housing development in Tempe, Arizona, won’t allow residents to bring cars (Curbed)

Feds pin Uber self-driving crash on human operator, call for better rules (Wired)

Homeless advocates worry official’s firing means a change in Trump strategy (NPR)

Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh charged with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion in “Healthy Holly” scandal  (Baltimore Sun)

With paper monuments, New Orleanians draft the city’s history themselves (Next City)


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