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New York Today: New York Today: Parking Your Pooch

Weather.init(); }()); Crawling into a warm doghouse sounds pretty good right about now. We’re expecting another chilly November morning in New York, with temperatures that will feel near freezing with the wind. Continue reading the main story The high today is 47. Rain should roll in late tonight and could hang around through tomorrow morning. In the News • Beneath the arches of the monument in Washington Square Park, a man uses his unusually small stature to perform as a “living statue” for all onlookers to see. [New York Times] Photo Johan Figueroa-González has appeared as a living statue in Washington Square Park since the spring. Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times • Relatives of victims in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School argued in court that the companies that made and sold the military-style weapon used by the gunman should bear responsibility for the attack. [New York Times] • A day after they told the judge they were deadlocked, jurors in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez once again failed to produce a verdict. [New York Times] • City investigators found that the head of the New York City Housing Authority falsely signed off on federal paperwork about lead paint inspections, knowing the required checks had not been made […]

Officials Probing Whether Navy SEALs Strangled Green Beret to Death

The military is investigating whether two Navy SEALs strangled an Army Green Beret to death in Mali earlier this year, The New York Times reports. The Green Beret, Staff Sgt. Logan J […]

Opinion: Black Lives Matter Is Democracy in Action

Seshat Mack, a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a leader of the Black Youth Project 100’s New York chapter, explained to me that the campaign, called Housing Over Monitoring and Eviction, has relied heavily on local leadership — in particular, black New Yorkers who live in public housing. Continue reading the main story In Chicago, one of the most segregated cities in the country, an “expanded sanctuary” campaign has brought together black people and Latino immigrants to demand an end to punitive practices like the city’s gang database. Activists have argued that the criteria for inclusion is vague and that people often don’t know they’re on the list. A lead organizer in that campaign, Maxx Boykin, underscores the importance of “building trust between people and organizations,” which can happen only on the local level. The fight to end cash bail was bolstered by Mama’s Bail Out Day, a campaign that is the brainchild of the Atlanta organizer Mary Hooks, a director of Southerners on New Ground, a queer social-justice organization. The organizers raised over $1 million to bail out more than 100 low-income black women on Mother’s Day this year. The Movement for Black Lives umbrella group oversaw the effort by pulling in local bail-reform groups […]

The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis

Now here in Sacramento, lawmakers are considering extraordinary legislation to, in effect, crack down on communities that have, in their view, systematically delayed or derailed housing construction proposals, often at the behest of local neighborhood groups. The bill was passed by the Senate last month and could be acted on as soon as this week.Continue reading the main story“The explosive costs of housing have spread like wildfire around the state,” said Scott Wiener, a Democratic senator from San Francisco who sponsored the bill. “This is no longer a coastal, elite housing problem […]

Ben Carson would not approve of Vienna’s social housing; it’s too nice

It’s so nice that even rich people want to live in it. […]

NSW government calls for more input on Airbnb laws

The New South Wales government has said it needs more time before giving home-sharing services like Airbnb the green light to operate in the state. […]

Tallest wood-framed building in the Netherlands wins a WAN award

Designed around “open building” principles, you can do what you want with it. […]