Also today: The stakes of a shutdown, and the seven stages of Amazon HQ2 grief.

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What We’re Following

Shutdown showdown: All eyes are on Congress to see if we’re heading toward a government shutdown. What could it mean for cities? Here’s what we know so far:

Forward, march: The Women’s March is heading to Vegas, but what happens won’t stay there. A year after the largest protest in American history filled Pennsylvania Avenue to the brim, organizers have aimed the national #resistance movement toward local political organizing.

Naturally, marches are planned in big blue cities, but activists are pushing progressives to the polls in smaller places where it might make a difference in 2018. CityLab’s Sarah Holder spoke with organizers in Tulsa, Tuscaloosa, Topeka, and Dallas to hear why they’re marching outside of Washington.

Liberté, égalité, ...mobilité? The streets of Paris have made a remarkable shift in recent decades. Since 1990, driving in its city limits has dropped dramatically while cycling and transit have risen—and it’s worth remembering that it didn’t all happen overnight. CityLab’s Laura Bliss reports on the automotive liberation of Paris.

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The 7 Stages of Amazon HQ2 Grief

For boosters and residents in the many cities left behind in the HQ2 sweepstakes, it was a day of sadness, anger, regret, and tweeting.

Benjamin Schneider and Alastair Boone

What People Mean When They Call Dockless Bikeshare a 'Nuisance'

In Washington, D.C., some residents are not enthusiastic about the free-range rent-a-bikes.

Kriston Capps

It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality

A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.

Richard Florida

Why Is Pennsylvania Still Suspending Driver's Licenses for Drug Offenses?

Close to 150,000 people have lost driving privileges in Pennsylvania between 2011 and 2016 because of a policy dating back to a 1991 federal law.

Brentin Mock

Jeff Sessions and California: The Inevitable Collision

A rumored crackdown on undocumented immigrants is the most recent in a series of escalating battles between the U.S. attorney general and the Golden State.

Teresa Mathew

Immigration Raids, Coming to a Store Near You

Immigration officials said purpose of their raids on 7-Elevens was to target employers. The evidence suggests otherwise.

Alastair Boone and Tanvi Misra

Eyes on the Tweets

An illustration of emojis for Amazon HQ2.
(Madison McVeigh/CityLab)

Urbanist Twitter had plenty to say about the HQ2 hunger games. Here are three quick takes that caught our eye:

I'm curious how many of these cities are on this list not because Amazon is seriously considering them, but because their incentive offers were primo + could up the ante with the real contenders.
Emily Badger, New York Times, @emilymbadger

Amazon was not joking about the million population requirement for HQ2. All 20 on the shortlist are in million-plus metros. A lot of smaller metros and towns that applied could have saved themselves some trouble.
Jed Kolko, Indeed, @JedKolko

One of the bad things about the Amazon HQ2 thing is they're extracting all these resources from cities that don't even really need them. In some ways, Amazon's gonna cause headaches for these already growing cities.
Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, @schmangee

What We’re Reading

20 charts that explain the divide between prosperous cities and struggling small towns (Wall Street Journal)

Ford’s CEO on the future of self driving cars (Quartz)

Why you can’t take Google Art & Culture app selfies in Illinois and Texas (Chicago Tribune)

Modern Love, with a bike (New York Times)

“Cities” end Planet Earth II (Curbed)

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