What We’re Reading: Obama Calls On Cities to Rethink Zoning


Community Planning and Design

The Obama administration Monday called on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, in an effort to address the affordability crisis and spur growth. [Politico]

As more jobs across the country and various industries are automated, will we need a guaranteed basic income for displaced workers? [NPR]

New map by ANHD highlights residential and commercial buildings where tenants may be facing the most significant displacement pressures across New York City. [Next City]

After disabling the internet browsing function for LinkNYC’s 400 hotspots, city officials and residents continue to wrestle with the role the wifi kiosks play on city streets. [Gothamist]

Transportation

Five finalists for the Port Authority’s design competition for its new bus terminal were released last week, with proposals varying in cost and location. [AM New York] In addition, the Port Authority also released a study on trans-Hudson transportation demand and capacity. [City Lab]

New York City’s transportation sector grew by 8.9% between 2013 and 2015, according to a  new report by the Center for an Urban Future, creating new employment opportunities for middle-class. [Next City]

Researchers, tech companies and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority are putting their heads together to design a ‘smart’ public transit system that better serves riders with disabilities. [City Lab]

New Jersey counties and municipalities are coming under the gun for road and bridge projects Governor Christie has shut down until cash is found for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. [NJ Spotlight]

Construction has begun on 19 new vessels that will make up New York City’s first citywide ferry system. [Curbed]

A short film allows riders to vent about—and share their best hopes for—the New York City’s underperforming bus system. [City Lab]

Energy & Environment

The federal government will need to ramp up its fight against climate pollution if it wants to keep a key promise under a United Nations pact, new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows. [Climate Central]

The PennEast Pipeline Company LLC Friday filed new changes to its pipeline route, including seven in New Jersey, in an effort to lesson environmental impact. However, conservationists are raising concerns act the modifications were announced after the public comment period had ended. [NJ Spotlight]

Overruns in New York City’s Sandy Recovery program could cost local taxpayers $500 million. [Wall Street Journal]

New York City officials released three early-stage concepts for a $100 million flood protection system to protect Brooklyn’s Red Hook during extreme storms. [DNA Info]

 

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