Summary of “Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?”

The head of Cape Town’s disaster operations centre is drawing up a plan he hopes he never has to implement as this South African city on the frontline of climate change prepares to be the first in the world to turn off the water taps.
The plan – being drawn up with the emergency services, the military, epidemiologists and other health experts – is geared towards Day Zero, the apocalyptically named point when water in the six-dam reservoir system falls to 13.5% of capacity.
In place of piped water, the city will establish 200 water collection points, scattered around the city to ensure the legally guaranteed minimum of 25 litres per person per day within 200 metres of every citizen’s home.
One – based on historical data – shows the water risk of Cape Town is green, meaning it is among the lowest in South Africa.
Plans to make the city more resilient to climate change by diversifying the water supply with boreholes and desalination plants were not due to kick in until after 2020.
“I’m worried about Day Zero. People are scared and they don’t trust the government, so they might panic and try to get water any way they can.”
If you live in Cape Town we’d like to find out how the water shortage is affecting your daily life.
When the Brazilian city of São Paulo faced drought catastrophe in 2015 the army drew up secret plans to take control of reservoirs and water supplies fearing violent unrest, but officials in Cape Town play down such security fears.

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Summary of “Resist The Darkness. Support Philadelphia.”

Chris Long has donated his entire salary to schools in Charlottesville and other cities.
The most Philly moment I have ever personally experienced: I was in college and working at Dalessandro’s, one of the city’s famous cheesesteak shops, and the Philadelphia 76ers were in the NBA Finals.
They were led by Allen Iverson, a fearless point guard who played with the kind of rage that made him a hero to the city.
Over the next two days, the city lost its collective mind and many of us had convinced ourselves the Sixers were locks to win the series.
Sports writers often portray the city as a hellscape populated by Neanderthals communicating exclusively through Eagles chants and hurled batteries.
If all you know about this city is that one time, many years ago, some fans threw snowballs at a very shabby Santa, then you don’t know anything about the city.
The entire city came to life and, at least for the night, loved one another with the kind of exuberance you cannot manufacture.
A friend texted to say he’s thinking of selling his car so he can go to Minneapolis; not to buy tickets for the game, just to go to the city while the game is happening.

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Summary of “‘Charlottesville’: A Government Story About Nuclear War”

Much of the country had been devastated by massive nuclear attack, but the small, gracious city of Charlottesville, Virginia, had escaped unharmed.
The combined populations of Charlottesville and Albemarle County rose to 150,000 in the seven days after the nuclear attack.
After several long meetings-in the basement of the courthouse where the government officials had stayed to avoid fallout-an emergency government, led by the city manager of Charlottesville, was agreed on.
Three weeks after the nuclear attack, almost all the Charlottesville and Albemarle County residents had returned to their homes.
Government officials, many of whom had visited Charlottesville and the university frequently in the past, kept in closer contact with the city than with many other locales.
A year almost to the day after the nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, Charlottesville was host to a blue-ribbon panel of experts on reconstruction planning.
The residents of an area such as Charlottesville were most loyal to their local government, particularly when that government had a reputation of basic evenhandedness.
In certain rural sections, such as Nelson County, south of Charlottesville, farmers had barricaded themselves off, ignored government orders, and occasionally, it was rumored, took potshots at the government agents.

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Summary of “Hong Kong architects design housing made from water tubes”

For the past seven years, Hong Kong has held the title of the world’s priciest city for home-buyers, according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.
James Law, a Hong Kong-based architect, believes that his micro-homes could help alleviate the city’s housing crisis.
His tiny home designs are anything but typical – they are concrete water pipes outfitted with all the amenities of a modern home.
Law explains more about his “Tube home” design below.
It includes a sofa that folds out into a bed, shelves, a mini fridge, a microwave, and a bathroom with a shower.
Law said he plans to start selling the homes soon.
His team is currently seeking permits from the city to start building.

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Summary of “Downsizing baby boomers face a key decision: Is it better to rent or to buy?”

Whether it’s a financially savvy decision or simply the only solution when they can’t find a suitable place to buy, some baby boomers are choosing to rent an apartment downtown when they downsize.
“Financially, I felt it was better to have some assets in D.C. real estate, and I wanted the security of knowing my housing payment and not worrying that the rent might increase.”
“Some decide to rent to get the services and lifestyle they want, especially if they have enough assets to throw off enough income to pay the rent,” Sandler says.
Susan Berger, Sandler’s real estate partner, says rents in the city are so high that people are sometimes disappointed that the amount of space they can rent is less than expected, even though they are avoiding condo fees and maintenance costs.
“For someone new to city living, it’s better to rent temporarily until they decide if they really want to live there full time, and to choose the right neighborhood,” Kassa says.
Hewitt says that 80 percent of his clients don’t want to rent because they don’t want to lose control over their home to a landlord and don’t want the possibility of paying higher rent in the future.
Kassa says that for baby boomers who don’t need that flexibility, buying a place can be a good decision because they can renovate their new home, hold onto it as a long-term investment and avoid the risk of rent hikes.
Some homeowners are uncomfortable with the idea of renting, but when Kassa runs the numbers comparing a rental and buying a condo, they sometimes realize that renting is the better choice.

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Summary of “Two Lessons of the Urban Crime Decline”

The drop in violent crime has led better-off families to move into poorer city neighborhoods, thus reducing the concentration of poverty in urban America.
Though gentrification has become a problem in a few prominent places, in most cities there is no good evidence that poor families have been pushed out of their neighborhoods as violence has fallen.
Critics will note that cities, in their efforts to reduce crime, have relied heavily on controversial tactics like aggressive policing and an expanded prison system.
To understand how cities have changed since the 1990s, I gathered data with Mr. Torrats-Espinosa and the doctoral student Delaram Takyar on city demographic characteristics, public and private security forces, business establishments and public institutions.
To find out whether these types of organizations had an impact on crime rates, we looked for situations in which anti-violence nonprofits were formed not in response to a rise in violence but because new sources of funding became available to community groups and leaders.
These findings suggest a new model for combating urban violence.
While police departments remain crucial to keeping city streets safe, community organizations may have the greatest capacity to play a larger role in confronting violence.
Working directly with law enforcement and residents, these organizations are central to the next stage in the effort to make our cities even safer.

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Summary of “The 33 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2018”

While experts are predicting that travel prices are on the rise this year, with airfares expected to go up by 3.5% and hotel prices to increase by 3.7%, it’s still possible to take a budget trip in 2018 – if you know where to go.
I tapped into a handful of travel insiders to get their advice on the best cheap travel spots around the globe.
Chosen By: Alyssa Ramos, founder of My Life’s a Movie and a solo female travel blogger, content creator, entrepreneur and social media influencer who travels the world full time and seeks to showcase unique destinations through her unique photography style and honest, detailed travel tips.
Chosen By: Emily McNutt, associate editor at The Points Guy, where she is responsible for reporting on travel news across a range of topics – from aviation to loyalty programs, general travel news and credit cards.
You’re better off, in most cases, avoiding cruise-line shore excursions, which can be overpriced and epitomize group cattle travel, and engage a travel agency specialist in the region to plan private tours for your days in port.
Chosen By: Mery Calderon, founder and president of Kuoda Travel, where custom travel and meaningful connections come together in South America.
Chosen By: Kristi Marcelle, travel editor at Ciao Bambino, a family travel planning site.
The Points Guy, where she is responsible for reporting on travel news across a range of topics – from aviation to loyalty programs, general travel news and credit cards.

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Summary of “The 33 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2018”

While experts are predicting that travel prices are on the rise this year, with airfares expected to go up by 3.5% and hotel prices to increase by 3.7%, it’s still possible to take a budget trip in 2018 – if you know where to go.
I tapped into a handful of travel insiders to get their advice on the best cheap travel spots around the globe.
Chosen By: Alyssa Ramos, founder of My Life’s a Movie and a solo female travel blogger, content creator, entrepreneur and social media influencer who travels the world full time and seeks to showcase unique destinations through her unique photography style and honest, detailed travel tips.
Chosen By: Emily McNutt, associate editor at The Points Guy, where she is responsible for reporting on travel news across a range of topics – from aviation to loyalty programs, general travel news and credit cards.
You’re better off, in most cases, avoiding cruise-line shore excursions, which can be overpriced and epitomize group cattle travel, and engage a travel agency specialist in the region to plan private tours for your days in port.
Chosen By: Mery Calderon, founder and president of Kuoda Travel, where custom travel and meaningful connections come together in South America.
Chosen By: Kristi Marcelle, travel editor at Ciao Bambino, a family travel planning site.
The Points Guy, where she is responsible for reporting on travel news across a range of topics – from aviation to loyalty programs, general travel news and credit cards.

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Summary of “The 33 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2018”

While experts are predicting that travel prices are on the rise this year, with airfares expected to go up by 3.5% and hotel prices to increase by 3.7%, it’s still possible to take a budget trip in 2018 – if you know where to go.
I tapped into a handful of travel insiders to get their advice on the best cheap travel spots around the globe.
Chosen By: Alyssa Ramos, founder of My Life’s a Movie and a solo female travel blogger, content creator, entrepreneur and social media influencer who travels the world full time and seeks to showcase unique destinations through her unique photography style and honest, detailed travel tips.
Chosen By: Emily McNutt, associate editor at The Points Guy, where she is responsible for reporting on travel news across a range of topics – from aviation to loyalty programs, general travel news and credit cards.
You’re better off, in most cases, avoiding cruise-line shore excursions, which can be overpriced and epitomize group cattle travel, and engage a travel agency specialist in the region to plan private tours for your days in port.
Chosen By: Mery Calderon, founder and president of Kuoda Travel, where custom travel and meaningful connections come together in South America.
Chosen By: Kristi Marcelle, travel editor at Ciao Bambino, a family travel planning site.
The Points Guy, where she is responsible for reporting on travel news across a range of topics – from aviation to loyalty programs, general travel news and credit cards.

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Summary of “Discovering the magic of Edinburgh”

The desk clerk I’d emailed said the stop was directly in front of the hotel, which was supposed to be close to the city center.
The city’s remarkably consistent buildings of mottled brown stone blocks, the most spectacular of them with sharply peaked roofs and ostentatious turrets, are clear inspiration for the architecture of the Hogwarts School of Wizardry.
The tombstones in the fabulously gloomy Greyfriars Kirkyard in the oldest part of the city bear the names of some key Potter characters – McGonagall, Moodie and, most notably, Thomas Riddle, the birth name of Harry’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort.
More than these, it was the city itself, its mood of hard-edge coziness and sudden revelations around unexpected corners, that cemented the more literal Potter connections.
The current castle, the oldest parts of which are from the 16th century, looms atmospherically above the city and can be seen from one end of Princes Street to the other.
It was the work of several days to visit all the obvious attractions of the city center – including a timed entry tour of the castle, which is really more of a walled city unto itself with fabulous views of the rest of Edinburgh from its outer ramparts.
Edinburgh is a great city for wandering and discovery.
A short distance along, another path splits off up a forested hillside leading to the city’s modern art museum.

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