Also today: New Orleans wants to keep an eye on you, and a better way to measure density.
What We’re Following
The Pop-Up Olympics: The Winter Olympics venues in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are not built to last—and that’s on purpose. It may sound wasteful, but when you consider the alternative, Pyeongchang’s approach is just plain smart.
Points for style: Would you rename your city for the Olympics? Slate gives the TL;DR version of the Olympic bid committee’s deliberation on whether to refer to the host city as Pyongchang, PyeongChang or Pyeongchang.
The robot delegation: These vacuuming robots that resemble R2D2 have already won the gold medal from journalists on the scene. (Curbed)
CityLab replay: You know what else would save time, money, and effort? Pick a permanent Olympics host city.
Mardi blah: A New Orleans plan to keep the peace means enlisting bars and restaurants in surveillance efforts. That’s more than just a buzzkill: Advocates say that would pry into safe spaces for LGBTQ people and workplaces of undocumented workers, sending a chill through the city’s public culture. It would be an unprecedented escalation in surveillance, and protecting your privacy is already almost impossible in cities.
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Mind the Gap
For a quick way to find neighborhoods that are underserved by transit, check out the AllTransit Gap Finder. A data project by TransitCenter and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the tool highlights possible improvement spots in orange and red, and it calculates how many households are underserved in a city. For example, consider the gaps in this map of Nashville, which is considering a referendum for a transit makeover this May.
We want to know: Check out the transit gaps in your city and let us know how you’d fix them. Send your thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We’re Reading
Reading the city: Book recommendations from more than 40 urbanists (SPUR)
Toddlers take on city streets (Curbed)
What New York’s dogs tell us about the city’s changing population (New York Times)
How the Memphis Sanitation Strike changed history (JSTOR Daily)
The Michigan town where only Christians can buy houses (The Guardian)
Los Angeles blamed homelessness for its wildfires, but sprawl and climate change are the real culprits (The Intercept)