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✊🏙 Amazon Go's grocer impact 🛍 Debate on how to address housing crisis 🏚 Canada's big transit plans 🇨🇦

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Hey urbanists! This issue marks six months 🎉 of the Radical Urbanist — I took a week off over the hol
 
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Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists!
This issue marks six months 🎉 of the Radical Urbanist — I took a week off over the holidays — and we’re only two people away from hitting 100 subscribers. I don’t often make requests, but if you enjoy reading every week, please share the newsletter with other urbanists so we can keep growing our subscriber count. And if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see included in the newsletter, please let me know.
Moving on to the articles, there are some really good analyses this week of Amazon Go’s impact on small grocers, the economics of driverless vehicles (and how they might not be as great as we’ve been led to believe), and various approaches to address the housing affordability crises in major cities. I’ve decided to mark these with a 🚨.
Finally, transportation planner Jarrett Walker has been tweeting recently about how US cities should be looking at Canada instead of Europe as a more achievable model of how to improve public transit. In that spirit, I’ve highlighted a few major transit announcements from the past week.
Have a great Sunday!
Paris

🛍 US retail's changing landscape
🚨 Amazon Go and the Death of the Neighborhood Supermarket 🚨 Amazon Go and the Death of the Neighborhood Supermarket
This is the real story of American retail
🚗 The debate over AVs rages on
The fate of the steering wheel hangs in the balance The fate of the steering wheel hangs in the balance
🚨 A Reality Check on AV Economics
🏚 Housing is broken
🚨 A Tangle for the Anti-Development Left 🚨 A Tangle for the Anti-Development Left
🚨 Affordable housing policy failure still being fuelled by flawed analysis
California homeowners receive $6 billion a year in subsidies — 15 times more than renters, report finds
Rich people can’t stop buying luxury apartments and not using them
🇨🇦 New Canadian transit announcements
B.C. government, Metro Vancouver mayors agree on $7B transit expansion B.C. government, Metro Vancouver mayors agree on $7B transit expansion
Montreal approves $1.4-billion plan to buy 967 buses
Quebec City unveils plans for $3-billion tramway network, wants feds and province to pay
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