New York Times: Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

New York Times: Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too. “P.P.E. litter is fouling landscapes across the globe. Dirtied masks and gloves tumbleweed across city parks, streets and shores in Lima, Toronto, Hong Kong and beyond. Researchers in Nanjing, China, and La Jolla, Calif., recently calculated that 193 countries have generated more than 8 million tons of pandemic-related plastic waste, and the advocacy group OceansAsia estimated that as many as 1.5 billion face masks could wind up in the marine environment in a single year.”

Explore Brasilia: the designed city (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Explore Brasilia: the designed city. “In the highlands of Brazil sits an architectural and cultural gem: the capital city of Brasília, designed and developed in the 1950s by architects and urban planners Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. The designed city was part of the plan to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location in the country. I am very happy to see the city where I grew up featured on Google Arts & Culture after 60 years of cultivating a unique culture from its designed origins. Google Arts & Culture invites everyone around the world to learn more about the extraordinary architecture, the bustling art and culture scene and the amazing history of Brasilia, a city designed for the future.”

IrishCentral: Maps of Dublin city, dating 1695 to 1827, available online

IrishCentral: Maps of Dublin city, dating 1695 to 1827, available online. “Dublin City Libraries (DCL) has announced that its City Surveyors’ Maps Collection dating from 1695 until 1827 is now available on the Digital Repository of Ireland. Maps in the collection show the development of Dolphin’s Barn, Lazy Hill (now called Pearse Street), Essex Street, and a plan to develop buildings and stables on St. Stephen’s Green in 1758 that never came to fruition.”

NBC Chicago: Chicago Rodents Exhibiting ‘Unusual’ and ‘Aggressive’ Behavior During Pandemic, Report Says

NBC Chicago: Chicago Rodents Exhibiting ‘Unusual’ and ‘Aggressive’ Behavior During Pandemic, Report Says. “While Chicago was named the “rattiest” city in the U.S. for the seventh year in a row, Orkin said rodents have been exhibiting ‘unusual’ or ‘aggressive’ behavior in cities throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Because the pandemic forced a number of restaurants and businesses to close, leading to less waste, Orkin said the rodents have had to find new food sources.”

New York Times: An Unexpected Pandemic Consequence Frustrates Florida’s Biggest City

New York Times: An Unexpected Pandemic Consequence Frustrates Florida’s Biggest City. “The disruption to America’s economy created by the coronavirus pandemic has led to mass cancellations of school buses and ferries, to rental car shortages and a bottleneck of cargo ships waiting at seaports. And, in cities like Jacksonville, it has created a small but growing indignity: garbage left out to rot. In the grand scheme of suffering, there are bigger problems. But it has become yet one more example of a public service that most people take for granted but is no longer working right.”

UNC: $2M grant to UNC-Chapel Hill program will rebuild, fortify local economies across North Carolina and beyond

UNC: $2M grant to UNC-Chapel Hill program will rebuild, fortify local economies across North Carolina and beyond. “– Today, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced new programming that will transform economically distressed communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Focusing on powerful partnerships, the programs will help build resilient local economies with more job opportunities and business growth in North Carolina and across the country.”

Route Fifty: How Cities and Counties Are Prioritizing American Rescue Plan Funds

Route Fifty: How Cities and Counties Are Prioritizing American Rescue Plan Funds. “Infrastructure was the top investment priority for communities of all sizes, followed by replacing lost public sector revenue, according to a report by ICMA. Within the infrastructure category, the most anticipated project concerns were water and sewer infrastructure, prioritized by 74% of respondents.”

Vancouver is Awesome: New database shows Canada’s highest-polluting cities, what needs to change

Vancouver is Awesome: New database shows Canada’s highest-polluting cities, what needs to change. “The Municipal Energy and Emissions Database (MEED) offers near-instant access to the pollution profiles of over 4,000 Canadian towns and cities. With $80,000 in funding from Ottawa, the tool is a creation of Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) — a cooperative of experts that helps cities plan their way through the climate crisis — and whatIf? Technologies.”

Route Fifty: Why Some Small Towns Are Rejecting Federal Covid Relief Funds

Route Fifty: Why Some Small Towns Are Rejecting Federal Covid Relief Funds. “Congress in March authorized $19.5 billion in aid for cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 residents, including very small jurisdictions such as Bingham. Lawmakers wanted to help every town cover the cost of fighting a pandemic and recovering from last year’s recession. But in some small, rural or conservative towns, local leaders are refusing the cash. They say they don’t need it, and in some cases, don’t feel comfortable accepting it.”

A Changing City: Chicago Department of Urban Renewal Photographs (Chicago Public Library)

Chicago Public Library: A Changing City: Chicago Department of Urban Renewal Photographs. “The nearly 16,000 images in this digital collection depict Chicago neighborhoods considered and targeted for improvement, including buildings and neighborhoods that were subsequently razed. The collection also includes images of events, including meetings, hearings, groundbreakings and public art installations related to various urban renewal and development projects.”

Calvert Journal: How two sisters are rebuilding Bulgaria’s sunken villages online

Calvert Journal: How two sisters are rebuilding Bulgaria’s sunken villages online. “The Bulgarian village of Zhivovtsi technically no longer exists. When the communist government decided to build a reservoir in 1966, villagers destroyed their own homes to make way for the new body of water. The Ogosta reservoir flooded the empty plain where the settlement once stood…Izgubeni Pod Vodata (‘Lost Under the Water’) collects and shares personal histories, archival photos, and cultural works from these now submerged towns.”

Cities after COVID: Resiliency is about embracing the crisis as part of a new brand story (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Cities after COVID: Resiliency is about embracing the crisis as part of a new brand story. “Cities as we know them are under attack thanks to COVID-19. Their growth, sustainability and ability to attract investment, tourism and talent are extremely vulnerable during times of crisis. In the last hundred years, cities have seen an increase in crises, pandemics and economic pressures—but not all are hit equally.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Athens police Google Nest cameras went missing, got returned

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Athens police Google Nest cameras went missing, got returned. “Late last year, the police chief of Athens, Tennessee, went to the district attorney with concerns about two missing Google Nest cameras, suggesting City Manager Seth Sumner had something to do with it. The cameras reappeared — one in a supply closet, one in a laptop case — and District Attorney Steve Crump told the Times Free Press ‘there is no evidence that there was any criminal act involved in the disappearance or reappearance of the cameras.’ But the incident has reverberated for months in this town of 13,000.”