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:
Hurricane Harvey recovery funds could be in jeopardy. (Texas Tribune)
The feds don’t plan to repeat the PR nightmare of shuttering National Parks—but former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who oversaw parks in the 2013 shutdown, warns that could be a costly mistake.
Staying home: The EPA, HUD, and Department of Education would see the largest share of workers getting federal furloughs. (Washington Post)
Last time this happened, mayors seized the moment.
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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Eyes on the Tweets
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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