A Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities

The “Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities,” brings together 450,000 professionals who recognize that the built environment — the way a community is designed and built from its buildings and public spaces to how we travel between communities — is a key determinant of health. Working together will create new momentum towards the common objective of creating and sustaining healthy buildings and spaces. http://bit.ly/2nKtS4f

New Census estimates show the Snowbelt-to-Sunbelt migration pattern is deepening

The Census shows new population estimates for counties and metro areas and grim data for the Midwest and Northeast. http://bit.ly/2n7BmC5

What Sneckdowns Say About Safe Streets

Enter the “sneckdown”: When a snowstorm fills up wasted street space with the white stuff, everyone gets a lesson in how to dramatically reduce car speeds. It’s like nature blanketing the city with curb extensions overnight. http://bit.ly/2n4d7Va

Riding Up Front With Immigrants’ Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers. http://bit.ly/2opfYW3

Seattle’s New Parklet Is a Retrofitted 1940s Sailboat

A parklet, for those who aren’t familiar, is an often-adorable public gathering/resting area, typically carved from parking spaces or under-utilized parts of the streetscape. http://bit.ly/2mTsoIl

Ocean Plastic Pollution Inspires Grim Art in London

Now Londoners out taking a stroll can get a nauseating reminder of the ravages of oceanic pollution, via Jason deCaires Taylor’s new public artwork “Plasticide.” The concrete sculpture, which sits by the National Theatre, presents a family of four on a beach picnic, the parents smiling blissfully while surrounded by a flock of seagulls vomiting plastic. (The puke is actually made from trash found around the Spanish island of Lanzarote.) The despondent children look less oblivious—perhaps an indication they know this will be their generation’s problem next. http://bit.ly/2nMdhzR

 Urban Sprawl Affects School Start Times for Sleepy Teens

What happened? A lot of things, including suburbanization, the energy crisis, and a big cultural shift around child safety norms. But the early start times for American schools have largely been imposed by transportation needs: Getting kids to school became a lot more complicated in the age of sprawl. http://bit.ly/2nPYlBC