Situational awareness: Verizon today announced 5G in four more cities: Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit and Indianapolis.
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With a surge of violent crime plaguing the streets of Baltimore, some residents whose lives have been upended by murder are pushing for a drastic measure: citywide surveillance.
Why it matters: Americans have historically valued privacy over security and generally reject the idea of being monitored by anyone, especially law enforcement.
Baltimore's surveillance saga began in 2016, when a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS) embarked on a quiet pilot project with the city's police force to test the firm's wide-area surveillance technology.
How it works: From a plane flying overhead, powerful cameras capture aerial images of the entire city. Photos are snapped every second, and the plane can be circling the city for up to 10 hours a day.
The problem: The police department kept the project secret, and it ended abruptly when it was revealed by media reports.
Violent crime has continued to soar. In 2018, there were 342 homicides, a record per capita rate for the city. Through June of this year, more than 150 people have been killed — a 17% increase over the same period last year, per the Baltimore Sun.
The big picture: Finding the balance between privacy and law enforcement comes down to community conversations, said Kelsey Finch, senior policy counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum.
And while some people may generally be comfortable with sensors on cars or streetlights, seeing planes or drones flying overhead can feel much more threatening.
That visceral reaction is exactly what will help deter crime, McNutt said.
"We want to be public and visible in what we're doing. We want someone who's thinking about breaking the law to look up and see that airplane and decide not to do it."
About 80% of U.S. counties lost prime working-age adults between 2007 and 2017, and 65% will lose more over the next decade.
Why it matters: While population decline is affecting parts of every state, the loss of the working-age population is being felt most acutely in places that are already struggling economically, according to an analysis by the Economic Innovation Group and Moody's Analytics.
What's happening: Some cities in the Midwest with dwindling labor forces are open to having immigrants fill empty jobs, as they are more likely to be of working age — between 25 and 64 — than the native-born population.
Driving the news: The U.S. Conference of Mayors this month adopted a resolution supporting heartland visas, noting "mayors around the country are in fact already making welcoming immigrants and refugees centerpieces of their economic development strategies."
The bottom line: Immigration may be the difference between population loss and growth. And as seen in several metros, such as Detroit, Memphis, Dayton and St. Louis, foreign-born migration helped reverse population decline, according to a recent study by New American Economy.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Photo: Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
This week, about 250,000 people will descend on Canton, Ohio — home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — to watch the NFL season kickoff game, writes Axios' Marisa Fernandez, a Canton native.
Why it matters: Looming over the festivities is a nearly $1 billion, slow-moving project to build the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.
But, but, but: It's running way behind schedule. Construction has been at a standstill for more than a year, the Plain Dealer reports, and it won’t be ready for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NFL planned for 2020.
Reality check: Estimates of economic impact of sports stadiums are often exaggerated because projects fail to recognize opportunity costs — "dollars spent at a new stadium would not be new spending but rather diverted spending," according to research by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
And some Canton residents lost faith in the project when construction paused.
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Ford wants to be an orchestrator of urban transit, helping cities move people efficiently from A to B, Axios' Joann Muller reports from Detroit.
Why it matters: Today, cities are cobbling together a potpourri of transportation solutions — parking, microtransit, ride-sharing, buses, subways — with no idea how effective they are or how they can work together.
What's happening: Ford has been slowly assembling the pieces of that transportation technology puzzle.
Feeling the effects of the Trump administration's trade war with China, some states and cities are stepping in to build their own relationships.
Why it matters: Mayors and governors are hearing directly from farmers and business owners concerned that the trade war will permanently cut off access to the Chinese market.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said China is the state's biggest trading partner and both farmers and businesses have been hurt by tariffs.
Chinese trade accounts for 60% of business at the Port of Los Angeles, and the city is the most visited U.S. destination for Chinese tourists. Both areas have seen declines in the past year, said Nina Hachigian, LA's deputy mayor of international affairs.
"The trade situation is forcing partners to look for someone to talk to the way they used to talk to Washington. If you want to create jobs in your city, you need to be internationally engaged."— Hachigian, speaking at Brookings Institution event this week
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Democratic state AGs are leading the Resistance (Stef Kight, Sara Fischer — Axios)
U.S. merger boom has hit a key swing state's biggest city, St. Louis (Leslie Picker — CNBC)
How Baltimore is saving urban forests — and its city (Stephanie Hanes — CS Monitor)
How 'developer' became such a dirty word (Emily Badger — New York Times)
Trump plants racial explosives in the urban-rural divide (Axios)
Ireland elects its first black mayor (Francie Grace — CBS News)
Just in time for late-summer heat waves, a new on-demand pool service lets you rent strangers' private pools by the hour.
Swimply, which calls itself the "first online marketplace for pool sharing," was created when its founder was looking for ways to put his under-used backyard pool to better use, according to Thrillest.
My thought bubble: I grew up in Florida where it seems like every house is required to come with a pool, so I get that pool owners would want to maximize pool use while also making a few bucks. But this strikes me as a potential insurance liability nightmare.