Also today: What net neutrality means for the driverless future, and Britain’s next megaproject.

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How crime came down: Camden, New Jersey, often ranked as one of America’s most dangerous cities, but recently, violent crime has fallen significantly. As CityLab’s Sarah Holder writes, the city has become a showroom for “community policing” techniques, and could buttress the case for Obama-era justice policies that the Trump administration is scaling back.

The scales of DACA: A federal judge in California has ordered the federal government to restart the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as legal challenges continue, shielding 800,000 potential immigrants from deportation. The ruling takes away a key piece of leverage for the president as he negotiates with lawmakers on a new immigration bill. Here’s which states and counties would lose the most from DACA’s elimination.

Obama’s library changes: The designers behind the Obama Presidential Center are altering plans for the Chicago library to address “criticism that their plans would undermine the serene landscape of historic Jackson Park.” While the changes may soothe aesthetic complaints, they don’t address concerns about giving away park space to the foundation. Also unanswered—and far more vexing—are residents’ questions about the investment and displacement that the Obama Presidential Center could bring to the South Side.


Today on CityLab

How Baltimore’s Water Cleanup Infrastructure Became a Public Sensation: Baltimore addressed its trash problem in its Inner Harbor with a floating water wheel. But it got public buy-in by giving it a personality.

Net Neutrality and the Driverless Future: Tech and transportation are now traveling the same (cellular) wavelength.

The Rise of the Prefab Prison: Repurposed shipping containers and semi-trailers are finding a new life—as jails.

Britain’s Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest: The plan is for 50 million new trees to repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.

These Sneakers Are Your Free Transit Pass: A new BVG-Adidas collaboration means unlimited travel along Berlin’s public transit network for the rest of 2018. That is if you can find a pair.


Map of the Day

Map of North Carolina's 2016 congressional districts.
North Carolina’s proposed congressional district map, which a court declared unconstitutional. (North Carolina State Board of Elections)

A North Carolina court issued a first-of-its-kind ruling striking down a congressional districting map as partisan gerrymandering. Dig deeper: increasingly sophisticated mapping platforms have changed the redistricting game.


What We’re Reading

Under Trump, a hard test for Howard University (New Yorker)

What holiday receipts say about the retail apocalypse (Bloomberg)

A wonk corrects a “crayonista” plan for the D.C. metro (GGWash)

Data breach bites personal information from a dog-walking app (Wall Street Journal)

The unlikely home of funk: Dayton, Ohio (NPR)


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