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What We’re Following

Wake-up call: On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case about whether local and state governments can make it a crime for people to sleep outside. That leaves intact a lower court ruling that deems such laws unconstitutional.

But the White House is still gearing up for its own aggressive approach to homelessness with a prominent role for law enforcement. Advocates say that they expect an executive order on homelessness that would assign new funds for police departments to remove homeless encampments and even strip housing funds from cities that tolerate these encampments. The order would be part of a broader federal strategy on homelessness. CityLab has obtained a list by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that narrows the federal government’s focus to 24 cities and states, all of which have large numbers of unhoused people living outside. CityLab’s Kriston Capps has the story: Trump’s Push To Criminalize Homelessness Is Taking Shape

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

The Maps That Made You, Dear Readers

From CityLab’s mailbag: Here are the personal stories about how maps shaped your lives.

Laura Bliss, Jessica Lee Martin, and Gracie McKenzie

Has the Rise of Uber Led to More Heavy Drinking?

New research suggests that ride-hailing is associated with increases in drinking behaviors in U.S. cities and metro areas.

Richard Florida

A City Map Made for (And by) Kids

“Growing Up Boulder” is the nation’s first printed kid-friendly city map, designed to help parents and children find their way in the Colorado city.

Mimi Kirk

What Does This Street In Zürich Mean?

If you see how cars, streetcars, bikes, and pedestrians use this Swiss street, you can better understand what’s wrong with so many other urban thoroughfares.

Norman Garrick


Reindeer Games

(Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

This month, a new Banksy work appeared in Birmingham, England, featuring a bench getting pulled by two reindeer like a sleigh. The anonymous artist posted a video to their Instagram featuring a homeless person sleeping on the bench. Banksy wrote:

God bless Birmingham. In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench, passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter - without him ever asking for anything.

The Guardian reports the original street art did not include the red noses, as shown above, which appeared the Monday after Banksy’s posting. The new mural is now being protected from further vandalism.

From the CityLab archives: Why Banksy Is (Probably) A Woman


What We’re Reading

Inside Pete Buttigieg’s years-long, and often clumsy, quest to understand the black experience (Washington Post)

Detroit, the blackest city in the U.S., is facing an environmental justice nightmare (OneZero)

After a public housing fire, a lack of federal funding comes to light (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

How bike sharing became this decade’s biggest transportation success story (Curbed)

New York City suburbs lure millennials with luxury digs, ax-throwing bars (Bloomberg)


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