Children from poor neighborhoods show abnormal activation of motivational neurocircuits
A study published in Psychological Science revealed a possible neurological explanation for why children from disadvantaged backgrounds are at risk for psychiatric problems. Children from disadvantaged neighborhoods showed blunted dorsal striatal activation — an area of the brain related to reward-motivation — during a task involving reward anticipation.As study authors Teagan Mullins and associates say, the scientific literature points to a link between socioeconomic disadvantage and problematic mental health, yet few studies have directly looked at how neighborhood deprivation relates to bra...
New York seeks virus shutdowns in nine neighborhoods
New York (AFP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday he planned to reimpose restrictions on nine neighborhoods as Covid-19 cases rise in parts of the city, which had largely controlled the virus after a catastrophic outbreak.The proposal, which must be approved by state Governor Andrew Cuomo, marks a major setback for America's largest city since it was hit hard in March by the coronavirus. The city has lost almost 24,000 people to the virus."Today, unfortunately, is not a day for celebration," de Blasio said, announcing he would ask to close nonessential businesses and all schools ...
Chicago police moving district patrol officers downtown, limiting time on street in neighborhoods, memos say
CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will strip patrol districts of officers and limit the use of some district officers during daytime shifts in favor of a “highly visible” presence downtown, according to memos obtained by the Chicago Tribune.The move reduces the number of officers available in at least some of the city’s 22 patrol districts to respond to 911 calls during every shift. As of Tuesday morning, districts will now have to send officers to the downtown area.“While on post, Department members will be highly visible. Vehicles will have their Mars lights activated for the duration ...
Mayor announces fines for people who refuse to wear masks in certain NYC neighborhoods amid alarming surge
NEW YORK — People who refuse to wear face masks in neighborhoods where COVID is surging will be fined and private schools there face possible closure, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.The city is sending “hundreds” of staffers to hand out masks and spread information in parts of Brooklyn and Queens undergoing an alarming surge in coronavirus, he said.Gravesend/Homecrest, Midwood, Kew Gardens, Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Borough Park, Bensonhurst/Mapleton, Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay and Flatlands/Midwood have been fueling a surge in the city’s coronavirus rate, which reached 3.25%. Th...
New York Daily News
Positive coronavirus tests rising in New York: governor
New York (AFP) - The rate of positive coronavirus tests is ticking up in New York, especially in neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations, the state's governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday.Of the 52,936 tests reported Sunday, 834 were positive, or 1.5 percent of the total, tweeted Cuomo. The positive rate had previously been at one percent for several days.New York became the global epicenter of the pandemic in spring, recording 23,800 cases in March alone, but in recent weeks officials have touted the lowest test positivity rate and infection rate among major US cities.While a 1.5 pos...
Health officials warn of 'alarming' COVID increase in New York City neighborhoods
NEW YORK — Coronavirus continues to spread “at an alarming rate” in several New York City neighborhoods, the city health department said Sunday, a day before it is expected to decide whether to shut down private schools and nonessential businesses there.The COVID infection rate in Gravesend/Homecrest is 6.75%, up from 6% last week; 5.34% in Midwood, up from 4.95%; and 4.41% in Borough Park, up from 3.53%, according to the Health Department.It also flagged Kew Gardens, Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Bensonhurst/Mapleton, Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay and Flatlands/Midwood as areas of concern...
New York Daily News
Language in Seattle-area rental ads divides neighborhoods along racial lines, study finds
SEATTLE — New research from the University of Washington offers some clues as to why, more than 50 years after the federal government banned housing discrimination, Seattle’s neighborhoods remain segregated by race.The study, published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Social Forces, suggests that language in rental ads may have racially coded subtexts, possibly reinforcing biases among white prospective tenants that less-white neighborhoods are unsafe, peripheral and uninteresting.The study underscores many academics’, authors’ and activists’ depiction of racism as subtle, insidious and...
The Seattle Times
Skepticism and stoicism in ultra-Orthodox JLM neighborhoods under curfew
In the two ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sanhedriya and Ramat Shlomo, stoicism, frustration and skepticism by turns were felt keenly on Wednesday, following the first of the nightly curfews that have been imposed as part of the governments efforts to stem the massive spike in coronavirus infections.Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, residents argued that the new policy had little logical sense, but nevertheless expressed forbearance for the lockdowns as something which they needed to tolerate regardless of their personal opinions.With high levels of infections within the ultra-Orthodo...
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New Lonely Planet guide highlights world's coolest neighborhoods
Armchair travelers take note: a new guidebook from Lonely Planet spotlights the coolest ‘secret' neighborhoods in cities around the world.Experts at the travel guide eschewed the well-trodden paths in their latest book "Secret City from Lonely Planet: The insider's guide to the world's coolest neighbourhood" and sniffed out hidden, little-known enclaves in 50 cities around the world.With many parts of the world on lockdown due to COVID-19, the only kind of travel possible right now is the virtual and wishful thinking kind.In the meantime, "Secret City" offers readers new insight into cities th...
Time Out zooms in on the top 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world
International city guide Time Out has released its picks of the 50 coolest neighborhoods to visit right now, a list that zeroes in on the most dynamic districts of the moment in mega metropolises like New York, Paris, London and Hong Kong. In the top spot is the multicultural parish of Arroios in Lisbon, described as a "dynamic, intercultural hub" for young artists and different ethnic groups. In recent years, Portugal has seen a surge in tourism activity, experiencing growth for eight consecutive years in a row. Lisbon's Arroios neighborhood is popular for its open-air galleries, multicultura...