Miami's starchitect magnet, "Super Zips" for the rich, the real story behind our city-dwelling squirrels, and why Americans are driving less. Plus, a chilling portrait of homelessness in gentrified New York City—all in today's urban reads.
- Once an urban punchline, Miami has become a hotbed for luxury, culture and dozens of starchitect-helmed projects dotting the horizon [Guardian]
- Mapping "Super Zips"—the zip codes where the country's richest and highest-educated citizens are clustering together: "On average, they have a median household income of $120,000, and 7 in 10 adults have college degrees." [Washington Post via Co.Exist]
- "Her family lives in the Auburn Family Residence, a decrepit city-run shelter for the homeless. It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers." A deeply moving profile of a homeless girl living in New York's Fort Greene neighborhood [New York Times]
- New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has an opportunity to transform New York City in the most profound way possible: To embark upon new construction projects to serve the public interest and the people who need them most [Boston Review]
- Last week's fatal Metro-North derailment could have been prevented by a new advanced signaling technology for railways—but the federal mandate to get the railroads to comply keeps getting delayed [Next City]
- It's true: Americans really are driving less—in some cases, much less [Atlantic Cities]
- Volvo's moving forward with a plan to put 100 self-driving cars on the streets of Gothenburg in 2017 [Gizmodo]
- Madrid's new master plan will transform the city center—one of Europe's most congested—into a pedestrian paradise [Atlantic Cities]
- Can you take your bike on Amtrak? It depends… employees seem to interpret its bike-friendly policy differently [Bike Portland]
- Why are our parks filled with squirrels? We put them there! [Gizmodo]
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