Also today: Density’s next frontier, and why tech companies shouldn’t plan our cities.
What We’re Following
Easy rider: Public transit ridership has declined in most American cities, but the typical death-spiral narrative doesn’t quite fit Los Angeles. What seems to be happening there is that once-loyal lower-income riders, especially immigrants, have switched to cars as the demands of jobs and housing make it more difficult to get by in the famously sprawling city. CityLab’s Laura Bliss has the story.
Shipping and handling: While Amazon HQ2 promises to bring a wave of new jobs to one winning city, the company has long said the same thing would happen in cities that host its fulfillment centers. But according to a new study, the economic benefit from those warehouses—measured by net jobs or raised wages—has yet to be seen.
And don’t miss: The final episode of KUOW’s Prime(d) podcast, a partnership with CityLab, tackles what Amazon’s cloud data means for the future of smart cities and privacy.
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Map of the Day
Feast your eyes on this very mappy story about the most popular types of restaurants in cities, from Google News Lab. Not only does it show who has the most Mexican restaurants or BBQ joints, it also serves up data on the most visited restaurant type in the neighborhoods of 30 major cities.
What We’re Reading
Dockless bikesharing could clear car clutter from cities (Wired)
In defense of the small city (Slate)
New York’s property tax is theft (Jacobin)
Walkable cities are saving lives (Curbed)
How cities handle events like the Super Bowl (The Guardian)