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Graphing Food Insecurity in the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented extreme challenges to families and children facing elevated levels of food insecurity. Understanding nutritional need levels is important for local and federal policymakers to determine where, when, and how to provide support to families. But getting a handle on these needs has been made difficult because of a lack of data to compare to the pre-pandemic period and to examine changes during the pandemic.

Climate Change Adaptation with Green Roofs: Instrument Choice and Facilitating Factors in Urban Areas

Although green roofs are considered as a no-regret adaptation measure that helps to address various impacts of climate change, they are still rather rare. This paper explores three major European cities that have policies in place that are supposed to facilitate the installation of green roofs. The authors ask what approaches were chosen by local authorities to promote green roofs and which factors facilitated their implementation. Follow this link to read the article. 

American Cities Should Be More Colorful

Walk around your neighborhood and count the house or building colors you see. Four million hues of grey? Check. Lots of tans and browns? Definitely. An abundance of white and off-white? Absolutely. The occasional red door? You got lucky. Even many beautiful brick buildings are muted canvases just waiting for a touch of hue and vibrancy—opportunities in the window frames, doors, and accents. Follow this link to read more.

A Year Like No Other: U.S. Metro Area Rankings Expand and Reflect the Unusual Story of 2020

In a pandemic-driven season that saw a surge of e-commerce, the top metros feature a strong presence of logistics hubs like Chicago, the Midwest megaregion that returns to its spot at the top of the Tier 1 rankings. Indeed, the Midwest makes a resounding statement with not just Chicago, but Toledo, Ohio, and Sioux City, Iowa, emerging from the nationwide pack as Tier 2 and Tier 3 winners, Toledo sharing its first-place finish with fellow first-timer Savannah, Georgia.

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