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Outdated crime data: When Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to law enforcement officials in Toledo earlier this week, he relayed the city’s rape, assault, and murder statistics to illustrate how the decline in crime since the 1990s has “reversed” in the last two years. There’s just one problem: Those numbers are old news. As CityLab’s Brentin Mock writes, despite worrying homicide rates in some major cities, there’s just no evidence to suggest a “dangerous permanent trend” is leading cities toward chaos.
The best bikeways of 2017: It’s no secret we like bikes around here. That’s why we couldn’t resist PeopleForBikes’s list of the top 10 bikeways built in the U.S. this year. Some highlights include Atlanta’s PATH Parkway, the Williamsburg Bridge approaches in New York, and Minneapolis’s mountable curbs on Washington Avenue.
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Today on CityLab
Anti-Urban States Aren’t Just Hurting Their Cities: When state leaders actively undermine the interests of urban areas, the economic damage is widespread.
How to Fix New York City's 'Unsustainable' Traffic Woes: First step: Acknowledge that ride-hailing apps are jamming streets worse than ever.
What Happens to Ambulance Use When Uber Enters a City: In cities where the popular ride-sharing app is used, ambulance usage went down by 7 percent, according to a new study.
In Mexico, Momentum Builds for Women-Only Ride-Hailing Apps: A female passenger’s death sparked a movement demanding safer mobility options for women. Can this business model work here, after faltering elsewhere?
No, Young People Aren't Fleeing Cities: “Peak Millennial” doesn’t mean what it used to, because Millennials are getting older. And even still, they’re sticking around cities more than older generations.
The French City That Shocked Citizens By Making Transit Free: Even though fares pay for a fraction of transit’s total cost in Dunkirk, free buses seemed like magic.
Quote of the Day
What made alt-weeklies great: “What [distinguished] alt-weekly copy from what you got in your daily was a palpable sense of the city… Cities are places of conflict, congestion, confusion, creativity, drugs, larceny, sex and licentiousness, all of which make great copy.”
-Jack Shafer, “A Eulogy for the Alt Weekly,” Politico Magazine
What We’re Reading
Is your city serious about Vision Zero? (Streetsblog)
When architects build gingerbread houses (Fast Company)
The ghosts of rentals past (Rentonomics)
Where bus relocations send America’s homeless people (The Guardian)
Will guerrilla internet in cities save net neutrality? (Fast Company)
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