Massive, cheap testing is still a key part in ending the pandemic: Businesses could help

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At Citi’s branches in Chicago, a Harvard University study is looking at how rapid tests in the workplace could help us reopen safely. Before going to work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, employees at Citi’s bank branches in the Chicago area swab their noses and drop the sample in a cassette. Then they wait 20 minutes to see if they’re positive for COVID-19, with the results entered in an app, designed by the AI chatbot company LivePerson, that guides them through the process. Read Full Story

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Exclusive: Chicago’s new brand identity could save the city $10 million a year

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Chicago wants you to make its brand your own. The four-starred Chicago flag flies with pride on bricked bungalows and tattooed biceps around the city. The first star represents Fort Dearborn, the military outpost that became the city. The second marks the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which burned most of the city down. The third stands for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, which brought us the Ferris wheel as an enduring architecture masterpiece. And the fourth was for the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933, marking the end of the Great Depression and the rise of the Atomic Age. Read Full Story

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Chicago’s COVID-19 recovery plan aims to go beyond the crisis to correct historical inequities

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Economic inequalities aren’t new in Chicago, but 2020’s challenges may have provided a unique opportunity to fix them. In April, the city of Chicago announced it had pulled together an economic recovery task force , divided into areas from policy to mental health to business, and composed of labor leaders, academics, advocacy organizations, city council members, and regional representatives from surrounding counties, to help the city overcome the coronavirus crisis. Now, they’re releasing a report that details guidelines for an inclusive economic revival that not only focuses on the immediate issues sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic but fixes wealth disparities and addresses racial inequities that have long existed. Read Full Story

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How to help Black Lives Matter: 9 things you can do for the George Floyd protesters right now

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The chaotic images of U.S. cities flooding social media this weekend have people feeling helpless, but there are many ways you can fight police violence. Mass demonstrations erupted in cities across the country this weekend to protest the death of George Floyd and draw attention to the ongoing systemic issue of police violence. Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of cities big and small—Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, New York City—to say enough is enough. Read Full Story

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Why a new class of cities threaten Silicon Valley’s supremacy

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As VCs sour on California and New York, an emerging class of tech hubs stand to benefit from divided government: bright blue cities in ruby-red states. If you’re a New York politician and you have nothing else to talk about, you can always bemoan the disparity between what New Yorkers send to Albany and Washington in taxes and what they get back in programs and services. The same is true for most major cities. Los Angeles and San Francisco subsidize the rest of California, and California’s taxes helps subsidize the federal government. Chicago subsidizes downstate Illinois. Boston subsidizes Western Massachusetts. Seattle subsidizes the rest of Washington State. It’s true of any successful city in any blue state. But as unfair as this may be, it’s not what’s putting the future of these cities at risk. Read Full Story

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Flipboard now lets you follow local news for 1,000+ cities and towns

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In the COVID-19 era, local news matters more than ever—but it can be tough to track down. The magazine-style reading app hopes to help. In January 2020, Flipboard—the magazine-esque app for reading and sharing content from a multitude of sources —introduced a new feature designed to help people find local news . At launch, it covered 23 big cities, such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. Read Full Story

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Maximize Return During Tough Times Through Testing

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Posted by timaj100 We are living in a fast-moving time with new technology, ever-evolving social and political landscapes, and a pandemic on top of that. Any predictions about what to expect in 2020 for marketers was no doubt lightyears off what we’re experiencing now . So what can we learn from this year as we move forward? You can bet things will continue to change and evolve in unpredictable ways. What worked last year might not work now. Heck, what worked last week might not work next week! How, then, can you be sure you’re getting the most out of your marketing efforts? Evolving and finding opportunities There are a few ways you can try to stay on top of things. No matter what, having a strategy for post-COVID is important. Learn from others For one, pay attention to those around you. Learn from your peers and competitors. Some may …

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These adaptable pods could make you love outdoor dining year-round

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As Chicago-based architects and designers, we’re well aware that outdoor dining won’t be feasible for large swaths of the U.S. come winter. So we came up with a simple design solution. In cities all over the country, streets and sidewalks have become outdoor dining rooms, providing a welcome break from the realities of quarantine. But what happens to restaurants when the seasons change to fall and winter? In many areas of the country—including Chicago, where our newest architecture studio is based—September and October will usher in colder temperatures. While heaters can extend the season, outdoor dining from December to April would be ill-advised. Read Full Story

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Urban tech is a $65 billion industry. Here’s how COVID-19 could upend it

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In the wake of COVID-19, digital technology will play a crucial role in determining which cities thrive—and which ones falter. The COVID-19 crisis has upended urban life as we know it. Cities are on lockdown, and the once bustling streets of Paris, New York, London, Rome, and more now sit virtually empty. Technology has been critical to the way cities and society have coped with the crisis. Online delivery companies have been essential for getting food and supplies to residents, while their restaurant delivery counterparts have helped keep restaurants up and running during the lockdown. Urban informatics has helped track the virus and identify infection hot spots . In the not-too-distant future, as cities begin to reopen , digital technology will be needed to better test and trace the virus as well as to ready urban infrastructure, like airports, public transportation, office buildings, and businesses, to open back up safely …

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America’s coronavirus testing is a disaster. Here’s how we could fix it

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Our failed testing system is the product of a Kafkaesque healthcare bureaucracy, argues Nomi Health CEO Mark Newman. Is there a better way? As delays in coronavirus test results plague countless cities and states across the country, it cannot be overstated how detrimental these haphazard testing operations are, not only to our nation’s public health, but also to any hope we have of getting our economy moving forward again. Read Full Story

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