Also today: Mapping inequality in U.S. cities, and self-driving pizza hits Miami.

What We’re Following

Greenhaven on my mind: What does it take to break off and start your own city? For more than a decade, the metro Atlanta area has been finding out, with several neighborhoods doing just that. But now the movement faces its greatest test: If successful, Greenhaven would become the second-largest city in Georgia, with 300,000 people and a larger share of African American residents than Atlanta.

CityLab’s Brentin Mock takes us to this part of South Dekalb county, where organizers are pushing for a ballot measure to create the self-contained city. There’s just one problem: State lawmakers need to approve the plan by Wednesday—and it doesn't look like they're going to do that, even as a similar plan for white-majority neighborhood in North Dekalb is poised to pass. This first story in a series about Greenhaven’s cityhood movement looks at what stands in the way on the quest to a new black city.

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

How Cities Are Divided By Income, Mapped

Three types of visualizations show the stark economic disparities in U.S. cities.

Tanvi Misra

Self-Driving Pizza Just Hit Miami

The automaker Ford is bringing autonomous deliveries from Domino’s and Postmates (plus Lyft rides) to Miami-Dade County.

Laura Bliss

'We Can't Afford to Be Naive'

Meet two teen gun reformers who are done waiting for politicians to address school shootings.

Laura Bliss

Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize its Schools

Pro-statehood leaders are re-envisioning the territory’s schools in the wake of Hurricane Maria. But the privatization process started before the storm hit.

Mimi Kirk

This Was the Worst Winter Olympics in 20 Years for Team USA

Here’s to doing better in 2022.

Richard Florida


Map of the Day

An Urban Institute map of the black homeownership gap.
(Urban Institute)

The Urban Institute has a new interactive map assessing the black homeownership gap in the 100 cities with the largest number of black households. Researchers Alanna McCargo and Sarah Strochak calculate the difference between homeownership rates of whites and blacks.

The largest gap is 50 percent, in Minneapolis. Not one of the 100 cities has closed the gap, but the smallest is in Killeen, Texas, with a 14.5 percent gap between white and black homeowners. Only two other cities fall below 20 percent: Charleston, South Carolina, and Fayetteville, North Carolina.


What We’re Reading

More than 100 cities are now mostly powered by renewable energy (The Guardian)

What if you and your neighbors redesigned your worst intersection? (Strong Towns)

How ticket debt is driving Chicago’s black motorists into bankruptcy (ProPublica)

Fifty years later, almost no progress on racial inequality gaps (Washington Post)

Dockless bikeshare company hits the brakes in France after vandalism (NPR)


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