SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Craig Spencer
Politicians have felt free to attack public health authorities to score points in the wake of the pandemic because the profession's achievements have allowed the public to forget just how much damage contagious illness can cause.
SOURCE: Capital B News
The state failed to connect rural Black residents in Lowndes County to subsidized septic system upgrades, leading many into debt to private contractors or to neglect updates leading to a wastewater crisis. A new agreement will upgrade the infrastructure.
SOURCE: Bloomberg CityLab
Peter Baldwin offers context for how American cities haltingly adopted and quickly abandoned public toilets, a story that encompasses the racial, gender and class politics of how people interact in urban space.
SOURCE: New York Times
Freshkills is possibly the least likely poster child for urban ecological restoration in the world, and it is radical not just for the way it works — by encouraging flora and fauna do as they please — but for its sheer size. It is almost unbelievable that New York City would set aside a parcel of land as big as Lower Manhattan south of 23rd Street — and just let it go to seed.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Disease has been a catalyst for significant changes in urban infrastructure; history suggests COVID-19 will be no different, though what those changes might be is uncertain.
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
Melanie Kiechle, a history professor at Virginia Tech, foul smells or "miasmas" were considered to indicate risk of disease before the germ theory of disease developed.
SOURCE: Fast Company
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