The 50th New York City marathon has been delayed a year due to the damn coronavirus

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The pandemic runs down another institution. Perhaps 53,000 runners breathing heavily on each other during a pandemic in the fall is not a savvy plan. And with that, the 2020 TCS NYC Marathon has been canceled. “I applaud New York Road Runners for putting health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio. The postponement was announced today by The New York Road Runners, along with the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Read Full Story

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How designers tried to fix New York’s chaos throughout history, from blimps to hanging sidewalks

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New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic. It’s just the city’s latest redesign in times of dramatic change. On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurants–though only outside–after months of lockdown. On June 22, the city entered phase two of reopening after its severe coronavirus outbreak, allowing many businesses to resume operations with restrictions. Read Full Story

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If Joe Biden wants to fix the housing crisis, he should start in New York’s suburbs

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The suburbs have failed to build their fair share of housing in the U.S. But with enough pressure from the top, that may change. President-elect Joe Biden has a plan for fixing the housing crisis , squarely targeting the shortages, costs, and discrimination that have made it difficult for many people to find a place to live. If he’s looking for a good place to begin this work once in office, he should look no further than the suburbs of the country’s most populous city. According to a new report , overly restrictive land use regulations in New York City’s suburbs have made housing there more expensive, limited, and segregated than almost anywhere else in the country. Read Full Story

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How prepared is your city for COVID-19? This impact tool measures readiness at the local level

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Is your city or town ready for an influx of COVID-19 hospitalizations? A new impact planning tool from Esri might give you an idea. In New York City and other areas heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals and healthcare systems are already becoming overwhelmed , and that scenario is likely to play out in cities and towns across the country as COVID-19 spreads. Read Full Story

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It took a pandemic to halt NYC’s unfair crackdown on delivery workers’ e-bikes

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As COVID-1- ravages New York City, delivery workers are zipping through near-empty streets on a mysterious brand of cheap, illegal e-bikes. COVID-19 has emptied New York City’s streets. Residents are sheltering in place. The city has limited restaurants and cafes to do takeout and for delivery only, putting delivery workers on the front lines of the effort to contain the virus. Recognizing this fact, two New York City councilmen urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to stop the “crack down on the technology they are using to keep us fed.” Read Full Story

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One Medical wants to make sure you’re COVID-free before you go back to work

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The primary care company is thinking about how it can use its technology to screen workers and ensure they’re well enough to go back to work. One Medical, a membership-based primary care company, has worked with cities such as San Francisco and New York to expand its testing capabilities beyond its client base. Now, the company is thinking about the next phase of testing and how it can help people go back to work. Read Full Story

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It’s time to rethink how we build cities

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There’s never been a more important time to reimagine how we support and develop high-density neighborhoods that are livable and enjoyable for the majority, and not just a few. The enormous death toll in New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, led New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, to write that “ there is a density level in NYC that is destructive .” New York is presented as a victim of its own population density, its inhabitants facing increased risks from compact housing and crowded public transport. Read Full Story

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