Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Florida Will Bring More Transparency to Its Justice System

The Sunshine State is about to shine a light on its own criminal-justice system: Florida will soon become the first state in the country to require all of its counties to release certain data pertaining to jails, policing, prisons, and courts. A bill passed by the state legislature earlier this month requires counties to gather, standardize, and release significantly more data than before. (The bill awaits signing by Governor Rick Scott.)

The anonymized, county-level data required by the bill inc…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: What’s in a Home?

Fujifilm and Magnum Photos’ collaborative photo book is simply titled “Home.” No other name would have made sense, saturated as the book is with what that word symbolizes. The project spans the globe, from Italy to Australia, and each photographer’s work varies greatly both in form and focus. Some chose to focus on the homes of their past, others on the present; some capture the people who live within their homes, while others shot long, silent landscapes. For 277 pages, the viewer is taken thro…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: What Murals Can Tell Cleveland About Itself

Downtown Cleveland was in a state of upheaval in the 1970s. “It was a period of severe decline,” said Fred Bidwell, who was a college student in the city at time and now serves as the executive director of the Front Exhibition Company. Employers were deserting downtown. Retail was on the way out, too. “It was a really rough time in the history of the city, and the downtown was devastated by that,” Bidwell said.

In an effort to help combat blight, Cleveland created the City Canvases program in 197…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Distressed NYC Homeowners Find Help—From City Hall

When Steven McDonald moved to the United States from Jamaica, he and his brother dreamed of owning a home. For two decades they saved and hoped until, in 2011, they were able to buy a two-family house in Springfield Gardens, Queens.

It was a perfect fit: walking distance from the LIRR and close to a park where McDonald’s son could play. “The minute we pulled up to check it out, we knew, yeah—if this is within our budget, this is it,” McDonald said.

But a few years later, after the mortgage became …

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Next Test for Bail Reform: Prosecutors

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was elected last November on a platform for change. In the earlier primary of seven Democrats who ran to be the city’s prosecutor, all pledging to reform the criminal justice system, he was the most politically progressive. The question was: Could he succeed where others have failed?

Last week Krasner took his first significant step toward that goal, and for many activists it’s a promising one. He announced his office would no longer seek cash bail whe…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: A Female Architect’s ‘Post-War Miracle’ No Match for New Zoning

A building that architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable once called a “post-war miracle” could soon vanish from the streets of Manhattan. And if 270 Park comes down, so will a key part of the legacy of pioneering female architect Natalie de Blois. De Blois, who joined the renowned architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in 1944 and passed away in 2013, helped design headquarters for the Lever Brothers, Pepsi-Cola, and Union Carbide. The Union Carbide office, located on Park Avenu…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Reviving Columbus’s ‘Dancing C’s’

Columbus, Indiana, may be modest in size (46,850), but its commitment to modern design is hard to ignore. So when the city recently decided to give itself a branding refresh, it paid homage to its own visual history.

The result is an identity program that utilizes one of the city’s most famous graphic elements—its dancing C’s—to create visual hallmarks that will emblazon the sides of city buses, transit stops, water towers, and tote bags.     

According to Karen Niverson, executive director at the…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: An Art Show Inspired by the Impact of The Green Book

Travel has always been an integral part of America’s mythology. Manifest Destiny, the belief that colonists and pioneers were entitled to traverse and own all of the land between two shining seas, is our national origin story. But travel, much like the American Dream, has not always been equally accessible for all Americans.

For “Sanctuary,” an exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City, artist Derrick Adams created pieces based on the Negro Motorist Green Book to examine trav…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How to Find a Neighborhood With Legal Protections for LGBT People

When you’re looking to buy or rent a home, city and county boundaries may seem less important than a commute, school district, or tree-lined street. But for those in the LGBT community, one number in a ZIP code can mean the difference between being protected against discrimination and being left out in the cold.

With a new feature launched Wednesday, Trulia, a site for real estate and rental listings, aims to help prospective homebuyers and renters find housing that’s covered by LGBT nondiscrimin…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Hello, Your Court Date Is Tomorrow

A new study shows that texting (or rather, a series of carefully designed text messages) could help reduce the number of open arrest warrants in New York City.  

In 2014, 41 percent of the 320,000 New Yorkers who were issued tickets for low-level offenses missed their court dates. This oversight is called a Failure to Appear (FTA), and automatically results in the issuance of an arrest warrant; currently, New York City has hundreds of thousands of open warrants. And civilians may not realize that…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Homes Are a Language of Self-Expression in Queens

In “All the Queens Houses,” architect and photographer Rafael Herrin-Ferri explores the language of homes in New York City’s largest borough.

The title of the project refers to a line from the children’s story Humpty Dumpty: “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men / couldn’t put Humpty together again.” Herrin-Ferri sees the inability to return something to its original state as a blessing in disguise.

Having moved to Queens 15 years ago, the Sunnyside resident became interested in the archit…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Exploring Martin Luther King’s Legacy in New York City

Martin Luther King Jr. is an American icon: one whose name is on street signs and schoolhouses across the country. If we associate him with a specific city, our minds usually jump to places in the south: Montgomery or Selma, Alabama. Perhaps even Washington, D.C., where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. For once, New York City is not top of mind.

But King’s connections to New York really do run deep. “He participated in this black radical tradition in New York that had been going o…

The Telecom Tower Next Door

In Rian Dundon’s latest untitled project, cell towers rise from the pavement like futuristic trees and transmission boxes huddle tightly against poles, lit as though they’re underwater. The Oakland-based photographer is interested in the ways technology dominates our landscapes, so he set out to capture the lurking presence of Silicon Valley’s telecommunications infrastructure.

It wasn’t hard to find. “Once you start looking, you see these things everywhere,” he said. All he had to do was drive …

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: L.A.’s Air Pollution May Be Harming Teen Brains

We already know that invisible elements of our environment can harm us: Lead exposure can lower a child’s IQ, and air pollution kills more than 3 million people a year. Now, a study from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine suggests that air pollution may be having insidious effects on young people’s brains.

The study, published last week in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, followed 682 children in greater Los Angeles for nine years from the age of nine to 18. …

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Congressional Gridlock Is Putting Flint’s Pipe Replacement In Peril

Political gridlock has created a lapse in funding for a program that provides health insurance to poor children. It may also end up being culpable for preserving lead service lines that still run under the city of Flint, Michigan.

Since its creation in 1997, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has provided healthcare for children and pregnant women from low-income families who don’t qualify for Medicaid. But this year, Congress failed to meet the September 30 deadline for the program’s…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Why New York City Created Its Own Fund to Bail People Out of Jail

At 7 p.m. on a Thursday inside the Bronx Criminal Court, Lisa Whiteside is trying to determine who she can prevent from spending the night on Riker’s Island. She scans the docket of 30 scheduled arraignments, knowing it will likely double in length as the night gets longer. Whiteside sits across one side of a thick glass barrier and asks promising candidates whether or not they have secure housing. What the circumstances were behind their arrest. What headspace they are in now. Not all people ge…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: A Map That Celebrates the Subway

A new series of maps wants city-dwellers to appreciate the public transit systems they love to hate.

Blue Crow Media, an independent map publisher, recently released their first in a series of public transit maps: a double-sided, cartographic guide of the London Tube. The London Underground Architecture & Design Map displays featured stations on the front, and on the reverse side walks the viewer through photographs and details of featured stations, including hidden spots to find unusual sign…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Diving Into New York’s Trashy Past

New York City has always been trash, if you ask a sour-grapes city like Boston or Chicago. If you ask New Yorkers, they may well tell you the same thing. But it’s not necessarily an insult.

The fact is, the city has a rich history when it comes to things thrown away. From the 17th to 19th centuries, there were laws, which New Yorkers frequently ignored, about when to dump “night soil” (the contents of chamber pots) into nearby rivers. The corrupt Tammany Hall politicians in the late 19th century …

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: New York’s Subway Announcements Go Gender Neutral

New York’s subway system is getting a gender-inclusive upgrade.

The city’s Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) recently instructed its staff to replace the phrase “ladies and gentleman” in all announcements with gender-inclusive language, like “passengers,” “riders,” or “everyone.” As local news source PIX11 reports, the change applies to bus drivers and subway conductors alike, and the city will be updating recorded messages that contain the outdated language.

This change reflects the MTA’s ne…

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Why Cities Are Working With Businesses to Fight Food Waste

American cities have a trash problem: there’s too much of it, and not enough places to put it. Even Nashville, which stores its waste in nearby Rutherford County, is going to have a reckoning when that landfill reaches capacity—which is expected to happen in the next few years.

In many cities, much of the discarded refuse is scrapped food. As CityLab reported last month, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently took stock of the landscape of food waste in Nashville, Denver, and New Y…