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What We're Reading, 8/20/19

Check out our top three reads of the week covering the challenges and opportunities in American communities. This week, we’re delving into an intensive series on the all-encompassing legacies of slavery, a 101 on the arcane universe of zoning codes, and the prohibitive costs of youth sports.

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The 1619 Project
from The New York Times Magazine

“The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” Continue [+]...

CityLab University: Zoning Codes
by Benjamin Schneider, CityLab

“This edition of CityLab University offers an overview of zoning and defines the key terms related to it in America, so you can better understand the rules that are shaping your city and neighborhood.” Continue [+]...

Kids aren't playing enough sports. The culprit? Cost 
by Kelly Cohen, ESPN

“‘It's not like a panic button. Kids are always going to be interested in sport. The whole idea is, how do we get a lot of kids playing and have really good experiences?’ Dan Gould, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, told ESPN. ‘If every youth sports coach in America's goal was to have kids fall in love with sport, they're going to be more active, healthy, safe and get the benefits. We better keep our eye on the ball and take care of it.’” Continue [+]...

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The views and opinions expressed in the articles above are those of the authors and publications we are listing, and do not necessarily reflect LISC’s perspective.