Also: Midwest counties are getting younger, and the tech industry is inflating Denmark’s carbon footprint.

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What We’re Following

Always greener: In St. Paul, Minnesota, a former car factory is poised for a dramatic rebirth. The symbolism alone is notable: Henry Ford once thought it was a great place to build cars; now, it’s set to become a dense, mixed-use showpiece of enlightened development where cars aren’t all that necessary.

But as you might expect, it has also sparked debate along generational lines. As one local journalist put it: “You had older people who were concerned about traffic, and you had younger people who said, ‘I want to live there!’” On CityLab, Jay Walljasper has the story of how an ambitious Minnesota eco-project became a density battleground.

Travel ban: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s executive order that restricts travel to the United States from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela, and North Korea. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer says it amounts to a “green light to discriminate.” Of note: North America won a shared bid for the 2026 World Cup after Trump said the travel ban wouldn’t apply during the games. (Vox)

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

Poor People United and Protesting, Across the Nation

On Saturday, 50 years after the Poor People’s Campaign first took to Washington, the advocacy group started by Martin Luther King Jr. gathered again in the capital to continue his fight.

Sarah Holder

Is Paris Ready for Electric Scooter Sharing?

LimeBike’s fleet arrives at an opportune time, with the full blessing of city hall—but cultural and logistical hurdles could still pose a challenge.

Feargus O'Sullivan

Here’s D.C.’s Memorial For Native American Veterans

Unlike other war memorials in D.C., the National Native American Veterans Memorial does not highlight a specific conflict, but rather an entire people.

Kriston Capps

When ‘Sanctuary’ Policies Aren’t Enough

Many cities and states have long used "sanctuary" status as a means of resisting Trump's immigration policy. Now, they're floating several new ideas.

Sarah Holder

Denmark’s Carbon Footprint Is Set to Rise Sharply

Blame Google, Facebook, and Apple.

Feargus O'Sullivan

A 1990s Preview of a ‘Gateway’ for Cleveland

A local celebrity, dark backgrounds, smooth jazz, and a mysterious set of eyes surely sold the region’s corporate class on what’s now known as “The Q.”

Mark Byrnes


Younger Than That Now

U.S. Census map showing where counties are getting older and younger.

Bob Dylan once sang, “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now” and that’s now true for much of his home state of Minnesota, and much of the Midwest, too. The median age fell in 531 U.S. counties between April 2010 and July 2017, and 51 percent of them were in the Midwest, according to the map seen above from the U.S. Census Bureau. As our colleagues at Route Fifty note, that’s a pretty dramatic shift compared to the Northeast, which has just 2 percent of the U.S. counties that are getting younger. Overall, though, the country is getting older: The median age rose from 37.2 to 38 over that same time. The trend is projected to continue through 2060.


What We’re Reading

San Francisco can’t afford waiters. So they’re putting diners to work. (New York Times)

Tiny home communities: housing solution or gentrified trailer park? (The Guardian)

A London court says Uber can keep operating in the city on a probationary license (The Verge)

Oklahoma teachers went on strike. Nearly 100 of them are running for office now (Vox)

Thousands of Marriott workers will protest for safer conditions this week (BuzzFeed News)


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