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The village of Westport, Ont., northeast of Kingston, is like many vibrant rural communities in Canada that deserve to be heard on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian election 2021: Why rural Canada must play a central role

Whether Canada is able to address the most pressing challenges of the next several generations requires the full participation and support of rural people and places.
HIV health and support groups offered COVID-19 testing and other community services during the pandemic. iStock / Getty Images Plus

How gay neighborhoods used the traumas of HIV to help American cities fight coronavirus

Having survived the HIV/AIDS pandemic, gay communities in the US were well equipped to get residents health and social services early in the pandemic, when the government’s COVID-19 response lagged.
It’s back: Rush-hour traffic in Los Angeles on June 15, 2021. Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

As urban life resumes, can US cities avert gridlock?

The pandemic offered a tantalizing look at city life with fewer cars in the picture. But with traffic rebounding, there’s limited time to lock in policies that make streets more people-friendly.
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority was hit hard by a 79% ridership reduction during the pandemic. It needs an extra $8 billion through 2024 to avoid service cuts and layoffs. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Pandemic-stricken mass transit would get $85 billion in Biden stimulus plan – a down payment on reviving American cities

Transit agencies could use the money to buy new subway cars, buses and maintain rails. The funding is designed to build on last year’s emergency aid, which kept transit operating through the pandemic.
Electric scooters have become a popular way to get around since their introduction to U.S. cities about three years ago. But fatalities are mounting. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

80% of fatal e-scooter crashes involve cars – new study reveals where and why most collisions occur

Electric scooter rides soared from zero to 88 million a year between 2017 and 2019. But launching e-scooters in cities without safe infrastructure or clear rules of the road can be deadly.

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