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City Point Protest; Columbia Students Explore 'Learning Cities'

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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN?Unions and community groups are hosting a rally tomorrow afternoon to protest City Point developer Acadia Realty Trust and demand fair wages and benefits for construction workers. In a press release, the business manager of one of the involved groups said, "Acadia took $20 million in public subsidies and was given City-owned land for this project, yet the company has refused to commit to hiring only responsible contractors who pay decent wages and benefits to construction workers. They've taken public funds, but turned their back on the community." [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

BROOKYLN?The students of Columbia's fall Architecture and Urban Design studio explored what it means for an urban area to be a "learning city" instead of a static "smart" or "sustainable" city. In other words, how does a city become a place that readily adapts to change? The students picked 12 neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, ranging from Bay Ridge to Broadway Junction, and examine how they could become "learning cities." Click through for all 12 proposals. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]