Also today: Mayors skip Trump’s meeting, and the perils of diagnosing modernists.
What We’re Following
Invitation declined: President Donald Trump’s meeting with mayors lacked some of the biggest players in the game. New York’s Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles’s Eric Garcetti, and New Orleans’s Mitch Landrieu were among the prominent mayors who ditched Wednesday’s White House meeting after the Justice Department threatened (yet again) to crack down on jurisdictions with sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants. The dozens who did show up got an earful from Trump about immigration, CityLab’s Kriston Capps reports. The meeting was supposed to be about infrastructure.
CityLab’s Tanvi Misra explains how the DOJ is broadening its attack on sanctuary cities, and why experts say it’s just a fishing expedition.
We’re toast: Millennials just aren’t buying houses like young people used to, but don’t blame avocados. The real problem is student debt.
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Coloring in the Lines
A beautiful infographic from Reddit’s “dataisbeautiful” charts all the colors used to depict the full spectrum of metro rail lines around the world. Each dot represents one line, and it feels very zen compared to the 77 weird ways transit agencies design the letter M.
What We’re Reading
Why Sweden clears snow from walkways before roads (Streetsblog)
An Indianapolis neighborhood is “pre-enacting” a displacement-free future (Next City)
A San Francisco battle cry for better housing policy (Curbed)
The struggle of luring companies to rural North Carolina (Wall Street Journal)
Could highway drones fix driving woes? (Fast Company)
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