Also: Behind the Uber self-driving car crash, and what surfers understand about gentrification.
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Food truck catchup: Summer is nearly here, and with it comes outdoor concerts, block parties, street fairs, and food truck rallies. Not to rain on your Memorial Day parade, but much of that activity runs on mobile generators that burn diesel fuel to make electricity, spewing pollutants into the air. Luckily, cleaner and quieter forms of power may soon be on the way, as food truck operators upgrade to solar power and other tech to comply with new emissions standards. Chris Bentley has the story for CityLab on the dirty, noisy power behind those street-fair tacos.
Uber update: CityLab’s Laura Bliss has the latest on the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings about the fatal Uber crash in Tempe, Arizona: It highlights the serious “handoff problem” in vehicle automation.
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For nearly four decades, Phillip Ashforth Coppola has carefully sketched the mosaics, ceilings, staircases, and plaques of New York City’s subway stations. Now a new book compiles his drawings of the transit system’s finest and often overlooked details, including some that no longer exist since he started drawing in 1978. The book recalls a time when the subway was groundbreaking—rather than something to grumble about. CityLab’s Teresa Mathew has the story.
What We’re Reading
A history of housing, planning, and discrimination in America (Frank News)
The fine art of spying on your neighbors (Fast Company)
Who’s afraid of fare-free transit? (Next City)
This tiny-house trend is getting out of hand (Curbed)
“It does something to your soul when everyone losing their homes looks like you” (Politico Magazine)