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Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.***What Weâ€re FollowingTesting the waters: In a special election this week, the residents of Toledo, Ohio, took the unusual step of adopting a bill of rights for a lake. A ballot measure will amend the cityâ€s charter to establish that Lake Erie has the right to “exist, flourish, and naturally evolve,â€� giving legal rights to the source of drinking water for 11 million people.Toldeoâ€s move makes it the first municipality in the country to adopt a “rights-of-natureâ€� law over a certain ecosystem. The action is already being challenged in court, but if it stands, it will allow citizens to sue polluters on the Great Lakeâ€s behalf without having to demonstrate injury to a human. Past problems with Lake Erieâ€s water quality prompted activists to find new ways to safeguard it. “For three days in 2014, we lost access to our drinking water, and we didnâ€t see any action come out of that,â€� one organizer tells CityLabâ€s Nicole Javorsky, “We wanted to do something for ourselves.â€�â€?Andrew SmallMore on CityLabDid AOCâ€s Questions on Trumpâ€s Real Estate Valuations Unlock His Tax Returns? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Michael Cohen on the real estate dealings of Donald Trump. Cohenâ€s replies may open access to Trump's elusive tax returns.Tanvi Misra and Kriston CappsFirst Nations in Canada Are Demanding Property Rights Changing or abolishing the Indian Act in order to allow private land ownership may seem like a logical solution, but itâ€s not without its criticisms.Tracey LindemanThe High Price of Cheap Gasoline When gas prices stopped falling, Americans again began to drive less.Joe CortrightWhat Cities Are Getting Wrong About Public Transportation Cities could get more people walking, biking, and riding transit, according to a new report, if they just know where to look for improvement.Andrew SmallWelcome to Technopolis In Episode 1 of our new podcast, we ask: Why did investors pour so much money into urban tech? And is all that venture capital good for the people in cities?Molly Turner and Jim KapsisRed Carpet Treatment Let them see red. (SFMTA)Thereâ€s a simple reason why commuters typically prefer trains over buses: Buses have to share. The rubber-tired coaches could almost run as reliably as rail if not for all those other vehicles on the road. Thatâ€s why city leaders should be bullish about building dedicated bus lanes, or to “tactical transit lanes,â€� to whip up bus-only infrastructure on the cheap, according to a new report from UCLAâ€s Institute of Transportation Studies. Simply by running pilots with cones, a city can figure how much faster buses can run when they have their own lane. Once people see the benefits, cities can lay down a coat of red paint and just add service. CityLabâ€s Laura Bliss has the how-to guide: To Build a Better Bus Lane, Just Paint ItWhat Weâ€re ReadingNew York leaders urge Bezos to reconsider Amazon dumping the city (Bloomberg)How tiny shotgun houses could help solve Dallasâ€s housing crisis (Dallas News)Op-ed: The new “dream homeâ€� should be a condo (New York Times)“Theyâ€re cutting everythingâ€�: As coal disappears, Appalachians lose access to basic services (Southerly)Tell your friends about the CityLab Daily! Forward this newsletter to someone who loves cities and encourage them to subscribe. Send your own comments, feedback, and tips to hello@citylab.com.