Also: A shakeout for dockless bikesharing, and the global tourism backlash.
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A grim anniversary: It’s been almost a year since white supremacists tore through Charlottesville, torches blazing, for a “Unite the Right” rally that left one counter-protester dead. The reckoning of that rally—nationally and locally—isn’t over. A number of things have changed, though, from the removal of Confederate statues in more than 100 cities to the election of Charlottesville’s first black woman mayor.
But “preventing the next Charlottesville” isn’t as simple as resetting a city government and banning bad actors. While the Virginia college town’s legal challenge prevented a second rally, an anniversary rally is coming to Washington, D.C., this weekend, bringing all the security concerns for the city, the federal government, and even public transit. CityLab’s Sarah Holder reports on the fallout from last year’s violence, and the efforts taken since then to stop white supremacists from taking over an American city again.
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Yesterday, we shared our picks for which celebrities should voice public transit announcements, and asked for your ideas, too. It wasn’t a hot-train minute before readers delivered. Here are a few we loved from our inbox and on our social platforms:
- Jeff H. from Sioux City wrote that fictional characters with unique voices, such as Elmer Fudd from Looney Toons or Roseanne Roseannadanna from SNL’s “Weekend Update,” would catch the attention of transit riders.
- Merrill S. from Washington, D.C. suggested two calm-voiced icons: the naturalist broadcaster David Attenborough and beloved television personality Fred Rogers. (We have to imagine they could put you at ease, no matter how long of a delay they’re announcing.)
- We also got great suggestions on Twitter and Facebook, including Matthew McConaughey for Austin, Jeff Bridges or Snoop Dogg for Los Angeles, and Dave Chappelle for D.C. The voiceover talents of Kristen Bell from Frozen and Holly Hunter from The Incredibles got nominations that any transit agency would be wise to commission.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in!
What We’re Reading
One year later, Charlottesville’s mayor wants conversations about race (NPR)
Cities’ offers to Amazon are secrets even to many city leaders (New York Times)
The future of urban transportation is… valet parking? (Curbed)
Asimov’s three rules of robotics, updated for drones in cities (Fast Company)
China dominates the list of cities with the fastest growing economies (Quartz)