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What WeÃ¢â‚¬re Following
A-okay: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caught some flak this weekend after a New York Post article detailed her transportation choices, which include a fair amount of rental cars and ride-hailing services while promoting the Green New Deal. Seemingly only in New York do people yell at politicians for not riding transitÃ¢â‚¬â€�itÃ¢â‚¬s a charge levied against Mayor Bill de Blasio on the regular, too. And itÃ¢â‚¬s true that both officials might benefit from sharing in what their constituents deal with day to day on the MTA.
But thereÃ¢â‚¬s another reason why AOC should be taking the bus or the train: ItÃ¢â‚¬d be a good publicity stunt for her, as it is for all local leaders. In a country where less than 5 percent of Americans take public transit, thereÃ¢â‚¬s a nationwide hypocrisy to fix, CityLabÃ¢â‚¬s Laura Bliss writes:
Like eating, doing yard work, or going to the supermarket, getting around is just about the most normal-looking and thus relatable thing political figures can appear to do. In a county thatÃ¢â‚¬s long elected presidents based on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“beer test,Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ such moments of down-to-earthiness are occasions to connect with voters and constituents.
Read LauraÃ¢â‚¬s story: Yes, ItÃ¢â‚¬s A Stunt. But Politicians Should Ride Transit Anyway
Pittsburgh readers: Join us for an event next Wednesday on Ã¢â‚¬Å“What It Means to Be Protected in Urban Spaces.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ CityLabÃ¢â‚¬s Brentin Mock will interview writer Kiese Laymon about his recent memoir, Heavy, followed by a panel moderated by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. Details and tickets here.
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Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is this yearÃ¢â‚¬s winner of the Pritzker Architecture PrizeÃ¢â‚¬â€�the fieldÃ¢â‚¬s top honor. The 87-year-old architect was a teenager when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed, an event that had a profound effect on him. Ã¢â‚¬Å“My first experience of architecture was the void of architecture, and I began to consider how people might rebuild their homes and cities,Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ he said. His career began with the postwar rebuilding of Japan, before breaking out as an international figure in the 1980s and early Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ90s. Over six decades, Isozaki has demonstrated uncommon versatility, and, CityLabÃ¢â‚¬s Amanda Kolson Hurley writes, Ã¢â‚¬Å“IsozakiÃ¢â‚¬s architecture is impossible to boil down to a signature style.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½
What WeÃ¢â‚¬re Reading
ICE has kept tabs on Ã¢â‚¬Å“anti-TrumpÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ protesters in New York City (The Nation)
Prosecutors donÃ¢â‚¬t plan to charge Uber in self-driving car crash (New York Times)
Dallas DOT just completed its first year as a transit agency (Next City)
Self-driving cars may be likelier to hit black people than white people (Vox)
From video game to day job: How Ã¢â‚¬Å“SimCityÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ inspired a generation of city planners (Los Angeles Times)