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    The 'new normal': City sectors confront post-coronavirus realities

    With costs of the pandemic coming into focus as recovery efforts persist, Smart Cities Dive analyzed how leaders across various departments can use lessons from the COVID-19 crisis to rebuild.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
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    Observing recovery through a climate 'magnifying glass'

    COVID-19 presented cities with fresh observations of climate trends, marking a crucial time for leaders to weave climate change mitigation into recovery efforts.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
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    Brian Tucker/Smart Cities Dive

    Stay-at-home orders shine light on 'amplified' digital divide

    Just as the Great Depression highlighted a need for ubiquitous electricity, advocates are urging leaders to seize COVID-19 as a turning point for ubiquitous internet.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
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    Transportation leaders focus on regaining trust before building anew

    Before eyeing new infrastructure, transportation agencies must regain the loyalty of riders who fled to personal cars amid the pandemic.

    Chris Teale • May 26, 2020
  • New era of city workforce development implores virtual strategies

    Experts say recovering from the economic destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic will require a new, tech-forward approach to regional hiring and workforce development.

    Kristin Musulin • May 14, 2020
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    Münzel, Danko. (2018). "USA-Reise New York" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    As anxiety rises, cities adapt mental health services on the fly

    The new coronavirus pandemic has strained city-run mental health services, resulting in a need for more federal support and reprioritized programs.

    Jason Plautz • May 11, 2020
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    Adeline Kon/Smart Cities Dive

    8 ways coronavirus is altering the construction industry

    U.S. jobsites are reopening, but construction will not look the same as before the COVID-19 outbreak. Are cities ready for the paradigm shift?

    Jenn Goodman • May 01, 2020
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    Verch, Marco. (2017). "Drohnenfoto: The Field Museum, Soldier Field und Hochhäuser im Bezirk Burnham Place" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    The pandemic pace: A look at congestion-free speeding and its risks

    As city streets see drastic dips in vehicular traffic, a by-the-numbers look shows drivers are traveling at unprecedented speeds — putting pedestrians, cyclists and other civilians at risk. 

    Cailin Crowe • April 29, 2020
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    Danielle Ternes/Smart Cities Dive

    Who will save the startups?

    At this point, it's not about keeping startups alive — it's about who can last on the other side of an economic downturn.

    Samantha Ann Schwartz • April 28, 2020
  • Cities have seen a cycling surge amid COVID-19. Will the trend stick?

    A number of cities have closed streets to vehicular traffic to support and protect a spike in biking. As cities look to recovery, advocates hope such moves will influence change.

    Chris Teale • April 27, 2020
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    The image by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Omaha, NE residents pick up city's slack in COVID-19 communications

    The mayor’s office lacks social media pages, email newsletters or text services to communicate important health information with residents. As COVID-19 spreads, community leaders are stepping up.

    Kristin Musulin • April 23, 2020
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    Chicago COVID-19 data stresses racial disparities seen nationally

    Black individuals are contracting and dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionately high rate. Experts blame long-standing inequities and structural racism — and urge cities to mitigate the racial divide.

    Katie Pyzyk • April 21, 2020
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    Mollerus, Sharon. (2018). "Mural, Nashville 12/23/18" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    City culture hangs in the balance as small businesses struggle to survive

    Efforts to sustain small businesses amid the current economic slowdown aren't just about saving jobs. They're about protecting a city's spirit.

    Jason Plautz • April 13, 2020
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    Danielle Ternes for CIO Dive

    Cybersecurity risks spike as COVID-19 forces city staff to go remote

    Before the pandemic, the likelihood and scale of cyberattacks on local governments had been intensifying. Now, with most city employees on distributed devices at home, vulnerabilities are sky high.

    Chris Teale • April 06, 2020
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    No wipes in the pipes: Coronavirus cleaning leads to spike in sewer clogs

    The use of disinfectant wipes is spiking as residents try to protect themselves from COVID-19. The result: clogged municipal wastewater systems and costly repairs. 

    Katie Pyzyk • April 01, 2020
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    Strategic design can help car-free streets gain popularity post-coronavirus

    Once-packed streets are now void of cars as residents stay home. While cities use this as a window into the possibilities of car-free streets, they must also consider forward-thinking design changes to prioritize people over cars.

    Jason Plautz • March 27, 2020
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    Retrieved from Mikael Ullen on March 19, 2020

    The US didn't sign a global road safety pact. Now advocates are fighting back

    A recent road safety conference in Stockholm seemingly lacked representation from the U.S. federal government. Young advocates were left wondering who is taking charge in eliminating road deaths.

    Chris Teale • March 24, 2020
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    Will scooters survive the COVID-19 crisis?

    Firms step up disinfecting — and in some cases exit cities altogether to limit the spread of disease. But the disruption comes at a difficult time for the industry, blunting the typical spring rebound. 

    Jason Plautz • March 20, 2020
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    COVID-19 may sport the thinnest silver lining: a cleaner climate

    There is evidence of declining carbon emissions and improved air quality as societies lock down. Experts say potential stimulus funding could present an opportunity to perpetuate these changes.

    Chris Teale • March 19, 2020
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    Adeline Kon/Smart Cities Dive

    Cities can't afford to overlook libraries in the census

    One billion dollars is at stake for the trusted institutions, however much of their work with cities and the U.S. Census Bureau is going unfunded.

    Cailin Crowe • March 09, 2020
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    Adeline Kon/Smart Cities Dive

    Fear is a main barrier in counting homeless populations

    The census has long yielded an undercount of people experiencing homelessness. This year's count might not be any different.

    Cailin Crowe • March 09, 2020
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    The first majority-online census raises novel concerns

    Responses to this year's census will be primarily issued online, though some are worried privacy and the digital divide will depress turnout.

    Chris Teale • March 09, 2020
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    How census data will impact $1.5 trillion in funds

    To receive the appropriate allocation of federal funds, local governments are investing millions in recording an accurate count.

    Chris Teale • March 09, 2020
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    Kendall Davis/Smart Cities Dive

    Tracking the impact of coronavirus on US cities

    The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time since 1897; CoMotion Miami will take place virtually next month; and San Jose, CA considers cuts to fire and police departments.

    Nami Sumida • March 09, 2020
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    Who will pay for Kansas City, MO's free transit?

    All eyes are on Kansas City as the "fare-free" transit trend has piqued curiosity. Yet there won't be an initiative to watch if the city's transit agency can't secure funding.

    Kristin Musulin • March 04, 2020