With Colada: Our Sunday Reads

This week was a busy one! From flipboard to feedly, we’ve been taking in stories that impact cities and thinking about how they relate to our very own Magic City. So, sit down with a colada to share (or just drink it all yourself like we do) and read them with us!

  Map of what 100% renewable energy would look like  (Jacobson et al., Energy & Environmental Science, 2015).

Map of what 100% renewable energy would look like (Jacobson et al., Energy & Environmental Science, 2015).

Earlier in the week we read an interesting and thought provoking piece on what 100% renewable energy would look like for the U.S. The piece covered a controversial series of studies and recommendations from atmospheric scientist Mark Z. Jacobsen on how the U.S. can achieve 100% renewable energy. Jacobsen created a series of 50 unique roadmaps for each state detailing how they can accomplish moving to an energy system comprised entirely of wind, water, and solar power. 

Moving from climate change to housing, ever wondered how much money it takes for someone making minimum wage to afford an apartment in Miami? A whopping 77 hours a week. That’s a huge barrier for low-income people to access decent housing. And, while we’re on the topic of housing let’s talk about this thoughtful podcast on gentrification from an event put on by the UCLU and Zócalo called L.A. Thinking. The podcast is a recording of a panel discussing gentrification and how it can wreak havoc and displace low-income people, particularly those of color, but also how gentrification can function more equitably.

  A Chicago Slow Roll ride  (photo by  John Greenfield )

A Chicago Slow Roll ride (photo by John Greenfield)

Another aspect of equity and of justice is transportation. When it comes to transportation equity, advocates in Chicago are taking action through a bike equity petition aimed at making biking the city accessible and equitable for everyone, particularly low-income folks, people of color, and women who face structural barriers to cycling in their city.

 A very tiny park

A very tiny park

We were also enamored with this oh so cute tiny park in Portland; head over to Inhabitat to read the charming story of how this park came about and how it has served as a landmark for Portland.

Stay tuned, because we’ll be introducing a weekly Sunday twitter chat in the near future where you can share your most fascinating reads with us and anyone else on the chat!