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✊🏙 Making micromobility safer 🛴 Segregation worse in unequal cities 💸 Elon Musk settles with SEC 🚨

Hey urbanists, I know the newsletter has been pretty US-centric recently, but I'm going to try to bro
September 30 · Issue #53 · View online
Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists,
I know the newsletter has been pretty US-centric recently, but I’m going to try to broaden the scope again in the coming weeks. In this issue, we take a look at efforts to make micromobility safer by advocating for better infrastructure, and how inequality in major cities is resegregating them.
There are some other great reads at the end, specifically on Elon Musk’s settlement with the SEC. Alissa Quart’s book “Squeezed” on the precarity of the US middle class also looks like a fantastic read.
Have a great Sunday!

Efforts to make micromobility even safer
As the number of scooterer deaths slowly inches up, the need for action to protect people who aren’t in big metal vehicles becomes ever more important. The proliferation of scooters and dockless bikes, on top of more traditional docked bike services, provides even more pressure for governments to change street configurations to give protected lanes for micromobility.
Uber is stepping up with a $10 million fund to help campaigns to improve micromobility and transit infrastructure, while Bird’s CEO told The Verge that they’re working on improvements to their “GovTech” tools to allow cities to designate areas of the city as no park, no ride, or set speed limits. The company is also building a new, more rugged scooter that will have a larger battery with hidden brake lines, because there have been some issues with people cutting the brake lines on scooters.
It’s important to do this not just to protect adults, but also the young people who could massively benefit from using scooters to get around. Both The Verge and Curbed published pieces this week about how young people are technically breaking the law to use Bird and Lime scooters because they make it so much easier for them to get around.
Jacob Anbinder
One of the weirder urbanist twitter myths is that by sheer pluck Europeans came together in the ‘70s to ban cars everywhere instead of what actually happened which is the oil crisis prompted massive taxes on gas which in turn changed consumer behavior
Gentrification and segregation
A new report shows that the rising housing costs in major cities — and in the Bay Area, in particular — are causing segregation to get worse as minorities are forced out of their former neighborhoods and cities are divided between rich and poor as the middle class erodes.
The Bay Area is now on track to achieve redlining-era segregation levels, only this time de facto instead of de jure.
A story in The Guardian this week also look at the interaction between gentrification and climate change in Brooklyn in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, where even though areas next to the water are poised to flood with rising sea levels, property prices are still surging as the wealthy want to live nearer to the water. While cities elsewhere in the world have built infrastructure to try to hold back the water, it’s far less common in American cities.
Coastal megacities from London to Tokyo and Rotterdam to Shanghai have installed seawalls, storm surge barriers, super-levees and dyke-rings to keep the water out of the streets. New York has not. […] Flood protection, many urban planners predict, may only be available to those who can afford to pay for it themselves.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill earlier this week aimed at boosting affordable housing construction and dismantling racist zoning practices. This would only go part of the way to addressing the issue, however, as inequality is at the center of the resegregation currently underway in urban America.
Hasan Piker
he's like every other broken brained on this website, completely aware that everything he's posting will eventually ruin his life, but he can never stop doing it. not even a billions dollars and a goth gf will cause him to check out and live on his island.
Other great reads
BIG NEWS: After walking away from a settlement with the SEC, then getting sued by the SEC, Elon Musk has accepted a worse settlement than was originally on the table which will bar him from being chairman of Tesla for three years and require him to pay $20 million. Tesla will also have to pay $20 million, along with hiring two independent directors and monitor Musk’s communications with investors. This settlement does not affect the ongoing DOJ investigation, which could result in criminal charges.
🛣 Socialist YouTuber explains urban politics with Cities: Skylines and the videos (especially recent ones) are very good
🌡 Trump administration report admits the planet will warm by 7°F/4°C by 2100, but argues vehicle emission standards need to be capped because ultimately… we’re fucked anyway.
📖 Alissa Quart’s new book “Squeezed” chronicles the pain and poverty of the American middle class
💁🏻‍♀️ Amazon has started telling cities they haven’t been chosen for HQ2, and they’re perfectly fine with it
💸 JP Morgan study shows payments to ride-hailing drivers have dropped by 53 percent
🌆 Amsterdam’s new high-rise island has been dubbed “Toronto on the IJ”
📚 Solarpunk is the utopia to cli-fi’s dystopia. Its writers see “infrastructure as a form of resistance.”
Power, Politics, & Planning: Episode 2: Urban Freeways
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