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CityLab Daily: Lessons From a Disaster That Wasn’t

Also: Scooter companies get serious about safety, and three skill sets that explain U.S. economic geography.

Berlin’s Plan to Preserve Affordable Apartments: Buy Them

To ward off rent hikes and evictions at the hands of new building owners, the city will purchase about 700 homes the much-coveted Karl Marx Allee neighborhood.

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Why Electric Scooters Companies Are Getting Serious About Safety

Lime has joined rival Bird in establishing a safety advisory board tasked with helping the e-scooter industry shape local regulations—and shake its risky reputation.

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How 3 Skill Sets Explain U.S. Economic Geography

Metro areas in the U.S. with higher cognitive and people skills, versus motor skills, perform better economically and are more resilient during downturns.

Hurricane Barry: Lessons From a Disaster That Wasn’t

Hurricane Barry largely spared New Orleans, but it underscored that climate change brings complex impacts and hard choices.

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How U.S. Child Care Is Segregated: a Brooklyn Story

At a daycare in a gentrifying Brooklyn area, is the entrance of racially diverse, middle-class families income integration, or more akin to colonization?

CityLab Daily: Where the Creative Class Is Growing

Also: An ancient city gets a splashy new waterfront, and what affordable housing looks like in Shanghai.

A Hated Expansion of Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier Will Go Ahead

The city council voted to approve an addition to the historic landmark over criticism that the design is “a travesty” and “frankly grotesque.”

Judges Can’t Decide Whether Freedom Extends to Your Car

Officers have wide discretion when they pull over motorists. And the courts keep giving them more.

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When Affordable Housing in Shanghai Is a Bed in the Kitchen

In this sector of the city’s informal housing rental market, as many as 24 people can be crammed into a three-bedroom apartment.

Hurricane Barry Is on the Way, and New Orleans Is Already Soaked

An “unprecedented” hurricane may bring three dangerous kinds of flooding all at once: rainfall, a storm surge, and overflow from a swollen Mississippi River.

CityLab Daily: When Cheap Parking Loses Its Charm

Also: Debunking the bystander effect, and the architecture of adult entertainment.

A First-Rate Waterfront Park Is Transforming a Historic Greek City

Thessaloniki’s New Waterfront is the centerpiece in an effort to transform the local economy, and other cities are taking notice.

A Last-Gasp Census Conspiracy to Save the Citizenship Question

Fact check: No, President Obama did not remove a citizenship question from the census while he was in office.

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Is It the End of the Line for a Notorious Louisiana Sheriff?

In Iberia Parish, a sheriff’s election is being closely watched since the incumbent, whose office has cost millions in abuse claims, has said he will not run.

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The Architecture of Adult Entertainment

Photographing strip-club exteriors from Miami to L.A. for his series “Gentlemen’s Club,” François Prost found pink stucco, flashy signs—and lots of parking.

A Small Town Decides Parking Can't Be a Bargain Anymore

Nevada City, California, used to advertise its “bargain” parking meters. Now they’re getting more expensive to protect the town against an existential threat.

Pete Buttigieg's Moonshot Plan to Address Racial Inequality

The candidate has struggled to attract black voters, but now he has a robust plan to signal his commitment to helping them.

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Surveillance Cameras Debunk the Bystander Effect

A new study uses camera footage to track the frequency of bystander intervention in heated incidents in Amsterdam; Cape Town; and Lancaster, England.