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Homeless living beneath Hudson Yards welcome the new development

Members of the community who live in the tunnels beneath the glittering project see it as an opportunity to earn more, while others complain its not helping us Whatever the aesthetic judgement of Manhattans $25bn Hudson Yards development Pulitzer prize winning critic Jerry Saltz called it a corporate mega-monstrosity there is at least one group of city dwellers who are optimistic about the development: the homeless who live underneath it. For decades, the subway and rail tunnels beneath and around Hudson Yards have offered shelter of sorts for the citys…

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Helicopter crushes flowers as crowds flock to ‘super bloom’

Park officials say many wildflower tourists have been well-behaved, but some have ignored pleas to stay on trails In one of the most famous literary descriptions of wildflowers, the English poet William Wordsworth traffic nightmares along city streets in nearby townships, and paid no heed to the desperate pleas of park officials: #DontDoomTheBloom. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (@ PoppyReserve) Officers are watching for people illegally entering the park through barbed-wire fencing, trampling buds. It merely takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come. There are areas…

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UN accuses Blackstone Group of contributing to global housing crisis

Worlds largest corporate residential landowners called out for their practices of inflating rents and aggressive evictions The UN’s housing advisor has accused private equity firms and one of the world’s largest corporate residential landlords, Blackstone Group, of exploiting tenants,” wreaking havoc” in communities and helping to fuel a global housing crisis. In a stinging critique of the role of private equity in the housing market UN rapporteur Blackstone and its subsidiaries of initiating” aggressive ousters” to protect its rental income streams, shrinking the pool of affordable dwelling in some areas,…

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Adults failed to take climate action. Meet the young activists stepping up

Some are calling climate change this generations civil rights movement. These are the young activists resulting the charge Despite being scarcely two years old, the Sunrise Movement has outpaced established environmental groups in the push to radically reshape the political landscape around climate change. Closely allied with new congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youth-led Sunrise Movement has helped set out a sweepingly ambitious plan to address climate change in the shape of the Green New Deal. The movement comprises a small core team of young organizers, supported by a larger group…

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‘I feel safer on a trail than at the store’: hiking is my escape from sexual harassment

After a terrifying experience with haunt, I resent that Im safer backpacking in the woods than I am in the place I live Before I learned the bite of breaking in brand-new hiking boots or the aching cold that is a tented nighttime in north California, I learned that backpacking- especially as a woman- is dangerous. Everyone said it: aren’t you so worried about being a woman alone in the wilderness? Outside The wilderness is an press charges, one male officer told me, with the caveat that a restraining notice…

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