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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Milton, Hamilton, New York City, Mexico City, Tel Aviv

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  • MacLean’s reports from the GTA suburban city of Milton, a key battleground in the federal election.
  • Hamilton police continues to be caught up in controversy over its handling of Pride. Global News reports.
  • CityLab profiles new murals being created in New York City’s Harlem, on 125th street, here.
  • Guardian Cities considers some ambitious plans for remodeling Mexico City, with vast new neighbourhoods and airports, which never came off.
  • Atlas Obscura looks at a notable library of books and other documents in the Yiddish language, housed out of a decrepit bus terminal in Tel Aviv.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Ottawa, Montréal, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin

  • CBC Ottawa reports on the complaint of an Ottawa condo-owner that his tenant is renting the unit out via Airbnb.
  • CBC Montreal notes that a rent advocacy agency in the neighbourhood of Saint-Henri is being driven out of its offices by rent increases.
  • VICE reports on how a Miami trailer park and its residents are set to be driven out of their home by luxury housing.
  • CityLab reports on a Mexico City market, the Sonora Market, specializing in goods for religious believers.
  • Reuters notes a street protest by rent activists in Berlin calling for the nationalizing of the housing stock.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, New York City, Tijuana, Mexico City, Honolulu

  • CityLab notes that talk about the rent in Montréal being uniquely affordable is somewhat exaggerated.
  • CityLab notes that, in New York City, the growing numbers of electric bikes are posing a major problem for traffic planners.
  • Despite high levels of crime, tourism in Tijuana is thriving, VICE reports.
  • CityLab has a nice photo essay looking at a “market on wheels” in Mexico City.
  • Honolulu and wider Oahu are trying to regulate the construction of “monster homes” on the island, houses that occupy much too much of their lots and might not be a good response to the island’s housing crisis. CityLab reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, New York City, Mexico City, Tijuana, Mosul

  • Montréal mayor Valérie Plante outlines how, in the face of provincial government cuts to immigration in Québec, her city will continue to welcome immigrants and promote their integration, over at CTV.
  • Gothamist shares the argument of new MTA transit head Andy Byford to New York City’s city council there that the city simply must spend $US 40 billion to keep the MTA running.</li.
  • CityLab looks at how access to water is a major political issue in Mexico City, one that local community groups are acting upon.
  • The Central American refugees in Tijuana, CityLab reports, are facing an increasing number of issues, including deteriorating conditions and local hostility.
  • A VICE interview suggests that the city of Mosul, eighteen months after ISIS, is in such a poor state of repair that a resurgence of the Islamic State is possible.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Wawa, Calgary, Mexico City, Tirana, Hong Kong

  • Vice shares the photographs taken by Cheyenne Jackson of the declining, aging, northern Ontario town of Wawa. What future does it have?
  • At MacLean’s, Jason Markusoff looks at the diminishing support for the 2026 Olympics in Calgary. Is there any case for this?
  • Guardian Cities reports on the Via Verde, the vertical gardens attached to the pillars of the Mexico City freeway system. Are they merely cosmetic?
  • The continued efforts of the civic authorities in the Albanian capital of Tirana to improve life in this growing city are the subject of this Guardian Cities article.
  • This SCMP article makes a compelling argument that the distinctiveness of Hong Kong, as a city not wholly of China, is inexorably declining.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes around the world: New York City, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Mexico City

  • Bloomberg notes global warming can expose New York City to heightened flood risks every five years, not every 500.
  • Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg notes, plans to build a new city from scratch.
  • VICE notes that Hong Kong, with its dear real estate, is running out of space for its dead.
  • Spacing looks at how Mexico City is expanding its cycling infrastructure as part of its bid for world status.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte, loneliest galaxy in the Local Group.
  • Centauri Dreams examines the recent detailed view of the star Antares, and notes Antares’ mysteries.
  • False Steps’ Paul Drye notes Project Adam, a Sputnik-era proposal for a manned American suborbital flight.
  • Far Outliers recounts a 1945 encounter between an American general and the Sultan of Sulu, impoverished by the war.
  • Language Log notes the Sino-Indian propaganda video war over their border dispute in the Himalayas.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the messy process of the demobilization of FARC in Colombia.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at how Virginia has managed to become a multicultural success story.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the photos of India taken by Cartier-Bresson.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders how, despite the drug war, Mexico City continues to feel (even be) so peaceful. Can it last?
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel goes through the many reasons why it makes no sense to fear first contact with aliens.
  • Strange Company tells of Bunkie Dodge, pool-playing cat of early 20th century New England.
  • Unicorn Booty notes that the new Taylor Swift song is inspired by Right Said Fred’s “I’m So Sexy.”
  • Window on Eurasia shares an argument that an essentially post-colonial Russophone cultural community cannot coexist with a Russian empire.