New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pictured.
Jacquelyn Martin/AP

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

What mayors told Washington: Members of the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors took a simple message to lawmakers in Washington this week: “We’re not a special interest group.” Instead, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says, “we’re the best partner that they have to deliver to our identical taxpayers services that are much, much needed.” The group focused that message on three top priorities for cities and the federal government alike: tax reform, infrastructure and health care. Politico reports:

But the conference has seen some promising signs in recent weeks. The failure of the GOP “skinny repeal” was cheered by the conference, and the mayors and Trump administration both agree on the necessity to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. …

Mayors also pushed for the federal government to entrust more resources and support directly to cities to combat national problems like the opioid crisis, because they say cities are better suited to adapt to the specific concerns of their community than a slower moving federal program.

Say what?: The U.S. Department of Justice stirred some confusion Thursday by singling out four cities with threats of withholding crime-fighting funds if they don’t give the feds access to illegal immigrants in jails. But those cities—Baltimore, Albuquerque, Stockton, and San Bernardino—don’t operate their jails (their counties and states do) and none has declared itself a “sanctuary city.” (Los Angeles Times, AP)

Fair housing 2.0: Though explicit race-based segregation has been chipped away by law in America, class-based segregation remains alive and well, via zoning that blocks apartment and townhomes from wealthy communities. Scholar Richard Kahlenberg argues for an “economic fair housing act” to halt policies that exclude people from entire neighborhoods and schools. (New York Times)

London’s hollowing: For the first time in five years, more residents are leaving London than moving into it. The Guardian attributes this trend of “deurbanization” to “the increasing hollowing out of the social and cultural vibrancy of the city,” as affordable housing depletes and the cultural scene sterilizes.

What happened to the streetcar? After tons of neighborhood meetings last year on the BQX—New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s planned $2.5 billion streetcar from Brooklyn and Queens—why is no one really talking about it anymore?  (Village Voice)

The urban lens:

The Cementerio General of La Paz seen from the teleférico to El Alto - it's a city within the city. Loved the earthy color scheme with the textured pops of green. Reminded me of my days spent drawing site plans in cad and debates about how to depict trees in plans with @vogtlandscape • • • • • • • • • • • • • #lekkerzine #ruevillemag #verybusymag #thisveryinstant #newtopographics #documentingspace #anyonemag #broadmag #rentalmag #thephotomotel #paperjournalmag #ourmomentum #archivecollectivemag #oftheafternoon #hurtlamb #minimalist #subjectivelyobjective #ignant #minimalzine #archigram #phroommagazine #phornography #landscapearchitecture #viewfromabove #architectureporn #tree_captures #weltraumzine #palepalmcollection #citylabontheground

A post shared by Sophie (@allyearsophie) on

Show us your city on Instagram using #citylabontheground

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Equity

    We'll Need To Reopen Our Cities. But Not Without Making Changes First.

    We must prepare for a protracted battle with coronavirus. But there are changes we can make now to prepare locked-down cities for what’s next.

  2. photo: South Korean soldiers attempt to disinfect the sidewalks of Seoul's Gagnam district in response to the spread of COVID-19.
    Coronavirus

    Pandemics Are Also an Urban Planning Problem

    Will COVID-19 change how cities are designed? Michele Acuto of the Connected Cities Lab talks about density, urbanization and pandemic preparation.  

  3. photo: a For Rent sign in a window in San Francisco.
    Coronavirus

    Do Landlords Deserve a Coronavirus Bailout, Too?

    Some renters and homeowners are getting financial assistance during the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. What about landlords?

  4. Equity

    The Last Daycares Standing

    In places where most child cares and schools have closed, in-home family daycares that remain open aren’t seeing the demand  — or the support — they expected.

  5. photo: a bicycle rider wearing a mask in London
    Coronavirus

    In a Global Health Emergency, the Bicycle Shines

    As the coronavirus crisis forces changes in transportation, some cities are building bike lanes and protecting cycling shops. Here’s why that makes sense.

×