Michigan Partners with NBA to Help Provide Election Support

As states prepare for increased voter turnout in November, they are pursuing new partnerships and poll worker recruitment efforts to get ready.

Advocates Rally to Tear Down Highways That Bulldozed Black Neighborhoods

The interstate highway system flattened homes and businesses in Black communities.

State Attorneys General Sue Over Clean Water Act Changes

They say that the new rule will lessen states’ abilities to combat pollution.

Report: High-Tide Flooding Broke Records Last Year. It Will Probably Keep Getting Worse.

Nineteen locations around the country in 2019 set or tied records on the number of flood days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found.

Supreme Court Shows Interest in Clash Over Pipeline Builders Seizing State Land

The high court is asking the Trump administration to offer its views on the New Jersey case, which involves a roughly $1 billion natural gas pipeline project.

To Avoid Integration, Americans Built Barricades in Urban Space

COMMENTARY | Urban inequality didn’t happen by accident.

House Democrats Lay Out $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Democrats say the proposal would help create jobs necessary to help the economy recover after the coronavirus pandemic. While the Trump administration this week also floated more infrastructure spending, it would likely face stiff opposition in the Senate.

City Compost Programs Turn Garbage Into ‘Black Gold’ that Boosts Food Security and Social Justice

COMMENTARY | Municipal composting programs, if executed on a large scale, can reduce food waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote better stewardship of our soil.

Senate, House Push Transportation Bills to Help Coronavirus Recovery

House Democrats introduced their own $500 billion transportation bill this week. Republicans said it does not include their funding priorities.

Poor and Black ‘Invisible Cyclists’ Need to Be Part of Post-Pandemic Transportation Planning

COMMENTARY | City planners need to think specifically about the needs of bicyclists of color, something that will become particularly important as more people shift to alternatives to public transit in the coronavirus era.

After Dam Failures in Michigan, Flooding Forces Thousands From Homes

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A Ranking of City Park Systems—While Parks Are More Important Than Ever

The national index ranks large city park systems on a number of metrics, including how many residents can walk to the nearest one.

Clean Energy Has Taken a Hit. Will It Rebound?

Leaders are steadfast about clean energy goals amid the downturn.

D.C.'s Transit System Won't Fully Restart Service Until Next Spring

A phased recovery plan for the Metro system in the Washington, D.C. area doesn't envision a quick return to normal levels of service. Across the country, transit agencies are figuring out how to balance safety and service.

Under Social Distancing, Rural Regions Push For More Broadband

More than a fifth of Americans in rural areas lack broadband.

Air Travel Is Going to Be Very Bad, for a Very Long Time

COMMENTARY | Flying used to be unpleasant. But scarcity, low demand, and public-health risks could make it unbearable.

Public Transit Systems Adapt to Plummeting Ridership

Cities are struggling with concerns about safety and low ridership. In some places, officials are taking advantage of the situation to finish long awaited transportation projects.

The Cost of an Election Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

A new report lays out some of the costs associated with actions states are taking to protect voters and poll workers from the spread of the virus.

Rural, Intercity Bus Companies Hit Hard by Pandemic

Ninety percent of small intercity bus companies have closed.