Also: L.A. taps the breaks on freeway expansion, and mapping Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane exodus.
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What We’re Following
Let’s make a deal: As the National League of Cities meets in Washington, D.C., this week, city leaders are ready to lobby lawmakers for a better infrastructure deal. The delegation says the Trump administration’s proposed 80/20 split on funding is off the table. Instead, mayors are pushing for an equal partnership that would split infrastructure costs 50/50. CityLab’s Sarah Holder dishes out the concrete details from Monday’s NLC presser.
- Also: Nolan Gray, policy director of the Center for Market Urbanism, makes the case that new steel and lumber tariffs will make the housing crisis worse.
Today at the SXSW Cities Summit: CityLab’s Tanvi Misra joins a panel on gentrification, the Great Migration, and the challenges of improving a neighborhood without driving out the people who made it what it is. Put simply, it asks: “What Happened to our Chocolate Cities?” (3:55 p.m. Central). Come prepared: Check out Brentin Mock’s August story, “The Case for Saving the Small Black City”
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Map of the Day
Exodus: Six months after Hurricane Maria, more than 135,000 Puerto Ricans have left the island, and it’s estimated that almost half a million people could migrate to the mainland U.S. by 2019.
There’s no single permanent way to get at how many have left, but the City University of New York’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies has found a smart way to map where people are settling: through data from FEMA and school districts throughout the country. CityLab Latino’s Martín Echenique has the story.
What We’re Reading
Police are still killing black people. Why isn’t it news anymore? (Washington Post)
The cities that own the most Bitcoin (Fast Company)
Sculptor of Chicago’s “The Bean” condemns the NRA for putting it in their now-infamous ad (Washington Post)
You can now 3-D print a house in under a day (Quartz)
Las Vegas takes a gamble on a homelessness campus (Governing)
“The trains are slower because they slowed the trains down.” (Village Voice)