The new design is fine with me, slim, very clear, cleaned up, silent, modest.
One suggestion: The photo of the community crowd might be wrapped into
<div style="float:right; margin:...;" aria-hidden="true" role="presentation">
Reason: For blind people the photo does not tell anything; should be suppressed entirely to avoid confusion.
The same (by
<span>) goes for the OOui icons in the upper left corners of the boxes, and in later page navigation. That is visual information which would be explained to blind visitors, but has no other meaning than the text aside. However, the explanation of the image could sound very strange.