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    New gun-control laws forge ahead in Columbus, Ohio

    Some cities have recently restricted the use and possession of guns. Columbus is targeting large-capacity magazines and unsafe handling while eyeing universal background checks and an assault weapon ban.

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    With control of Congress unknown, clean energy advocates cheer state wins and press for climate action

    So far, it appears Republicans failed to pull off an anticipated “red wave” and Democrats outperformed expectations, analysts say.

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    United Airlines, Archer Aviation plan first commercial eVTOL route in NYC

    The first specific route announced in the eVTOL industry is being lauded by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

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    Amtrak avoids Thanksgiving shutdown, as rail unions delay strike

    At an impasse over paid sick leave, railroad workers postponed strike action, allowing for more bargaining time.

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    White House endorses nature-based solutions in first US road map

    The Biden administration said this week’s release in conjunction with COP27 marks the first time the U.S. has developed a strategy to scale up green roofs, rain gardens, urban trees and other green infrastructure.

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    Elections 2022

    Election results: How housing, transit, environmental issues fared on state and local ballots

    California’s millionaire tax for EV incentives was defeated, while several affordable housing and climate funding initiatives passed nationwide.

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    October sees third-largest rent cut since 2010

    Preliminary apartment demand numbers for the year look much weaker than expected, according to RealPage’s Jay Parsons.

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    Elections 2022

    Voters say ‘yes’ to affordable housing

    Our updated results show where cities, counties and states across the U.S. passed ballot measures that collectively unlocked billions of dollars in new funding to create more affordable housing and provided protections for renters.

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    Elections 2022

    California’s millionaire tax for electric vehicle incentives defeated

    Voters had mixed responses to higher taxes to fund transportation projects. While some ballot measure results are pending, other high-profile initiatives were defeated.

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    Climate funding wins big on state and local ballots

    Voters in many jurisdictions embraced spending on resilience projects, clean energy and other climate change mitigation efforts  — with one notable exception.

    Updated Nov. 9, 2022
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    Can a computer drive better than humans? Perhaps soon, tech execs and researchers say

    Coming breakthroughs could make self-driving cars safer. Tech firms set out to make that happen. 

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    Amazon rolls out Rivian EVs in more cities for holiday deliveries

    The company has delivered more than 5 million packages to U.S. customers using the electric vans since July.

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    Rent-to-income ratios push toward 40%, some apartment owners say

    Renters are squeezed more than ever, as the cost of living rises across the country.

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    Miami-Dade County allows accessory dwelling units

    The county commission allowed some homeowners to turn garages, living quarters and backyard structures into rental units. It’s the latest in a nationwide push to address the affordable housing crisis via zoning revisions.

  • Close-up of the right rear of a small SUV with Uber and Lyft stickers on the rear window, with a blurred group of people standing to the right.
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    Lyft reports most active riders since early 2020

    Ride-hailing competitor Uber also reported strong signals of pandemic recovery and shared updates on integrating electric and autonomous vehicles in its fleet offerings. 

  • A white sedan with large sensors mounted on the roof and front hood drives along a street in San Francisco.
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    Auto industry reassesses autonomous vehicles, creating uncertainty for city leaders

    AV developers promise safer, more sustainable mobility in cities but are dogged by crashes and errors. Are better technologies just around the corner?

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    How micromobility operators can protect consumer data

    Many cities require bike-sharing and e-scooter companies to use an open data standard, but it’s unclear how many comply with the standard’s dynamic vehicle ID requirement.

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    Elections 2022

    Housing, transit, environmental issues on state and local ballots

    Residents in 37 states will vote on 132 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 8, according to Ballotpedia. Read our coverage on measures addressing top smart city concerns.

  • Macky Sall, Chairperson of the African Union, speaks during the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the UNFCCC COP27 climate conference.
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    COP27 to spotlight implementation, finance for climate action

    Even at the global stage, there could be insights on how to best go about decarbonizing U.S. cities from this month’s United Nations climate conference, experts say.

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    To foster community, connect residents to the outside

    Gardens and co-working spaces are among MBH Architects’ strategies for resident interaction.

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    Lyft to lay off nearly 700 employees

    The ride-sharing and micromobility operator blamed economic headwinds. It follows staff reductions at other urban transport providers this year, including Bird, Spin, Superpedestrian and Voi.

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    Shared micromobility restrictions can increase traffic congestion and emissions, study finds

    Following Atlanta’s nighttime scooter limits, travel time increased 9% to 11%, Georgia researchers found in a study. 

  • Students protest in New York City against gun violence and anti-abortion laws
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    NYC launches abortion care hotline

    Dubbed a first-of-its-kind program, New York City’s Abortion Access Hub confidentially connects callers to licensed abortion care providers that operate within the city’s five boroughs.

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    Taxpayer-funded football stadiums rarely pay off. So why do cities keep footing the bill?

    Sports economists warn U.S cities don’t reap enough economic benefits when stadiums are built with taxpayer money. Some city officials say community pride and shared identity are worth the investment.

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    Zoning change momentum continues following votes in Cambridge, MA, and Gainesville, FL

    Despite public pushback, Cambridge officials voted to eliminate parking requirements, and Gainesville voted to eliminate single-family zoning, making it easier for developers to build multifamily housing.