Updated May 15, 2018. You will like riding The ATL and you better not hack into someone’s computer or touch your cell phone while driving. From cybersecurity to housing discrimination to more money for land conservation, the Georgia Legislature tackled a number of important issues during the 2017-2018 session. We run through some of the more important measures that did and did not pass.
Georgia Legislative Update: You Will Like Riding The ATL and You Will Not Touch Your Cell Phone While Driving
Millennials Hate Fruit, But Love Eggs (They’re Also More Educated and Paid Less Than Older Generations)
This week, children can finally roam the streets of Utah unsupervised after the state passed a free-range parenting law. Sandstorms are the beautiful and terrifying tsunamis of the land. And poll numbers and hard data show that criticism of Millennials’ reckless combination of avocados and toast is largely without merit.
Pervasive light pollution prevents most Americans from seeing the night sky. As Carl Sagan and others have recognized, a clear view of the night sky can encourage curiosity, promote cooperation, and increase the respect we have for our planet. It’s time we open our cities to the universe.
This week, California attempts to usurp zoning control from cities to increase affordable housing, rivers used to catch on fire in pre-EPA America, Melbourne’s trees get email addresses, and what does the term ‘Orwellian’ actually mean?
In a legislative session marked by chaotic, partisan showmanship, transit has emerged as a strong bipartisan issue. A grand coalition of urban and rural politicians from both parties have put regional transit funding in Atlanta on the precipice of reality. Enter Cobb County, the obstinate killer of transit momentum.
This week, College Republicans join other young Americans in the quest to get politicians to confront urgent problems. Also, trailer parks can teach us something about good urban planning, Atlanta gets serious about transit, and a beautiful video showing the impact of light pollution on the night sky.
An abundance of asphalt and concrete increases air temperatures locally, which can exacerbate the effects of heat waves and generally cause unpleasant conditions. This is known as the urban heat island effect and it can be true for both sprawled suburbs and dense cities. Savannah’s beautiful green spaces offer a prime example of how the benefits of dense development can be achieved while mitigating or eliminating the urban heat island effect.
Weekly Links: Westerners Love Their Public Land, An App to Track Tsunamis, and Ride-Sharing is Increasing Traffic Congestion
This week, fixing the misleading election result maps, traffic congestion increases as people choose Uber and Lyft over transit and walking, only 26% of residents in Mountain West states support increased mining on public land, and a potential app to detect and monitor tsunamis.