Can Airbnb Survive Coronavirus?

The short-term rental market is reeling from the coronavirus-driven tourism collapse. Can the industry’s dominant player stage a comeback after lockdowns lift? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 1 day ago

The Geography of Coronavirus

What do we know so far about the types of places that are more susceptible to the spread of Covid-19? In the U.S., density is just the beginning of the story. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

Readers: Share Your Hand-Made Maps of Life Under Quarantine

As coronavirus transforms our private and public spaces, how would you map what your neighborhood and community look like now? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

The Cities Reshaping Their Streets Under Coronavirus

To help get essential workers around, cities are revising traffic patterns, suspending public transit fares, and making more room for bikes and pedestrians. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

Airbnb, After Coronavirus

The short-term rental market is reeling from the coronavirus-driven tourism collapse. Can the industry’s dominant player stage a comeback after lockdowns lift? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

A State Besieged by Coronavirus Asks Police to Slow Arrests

Despite Covid-19’s spread in New Orleans, police have recently increased arrests for nonviolent crimes. Louisiana’s top court could put a stop to that. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

Diplomacy: The Map That Ruined a Thousand Friendships

Allan Calhamer's brilliant geographic legacy. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

What Emergency Child Care Looks Like During a Pandemic

What's a parent to do when all of the schools and daycares suddenly close? For some workers in some places, options are starting to emerge. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

City Leaders Rally Around a Fix: Cancel the Rent

To prevent a housing disaster, leaders in nine U.S. cities called on state and federal officials to give more support to tenants as the Covid-19 crisis deepens. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

Another Way Cities Can Protect Homeowners: End Tax Sales

Auctioning homes over unpaid taxes only makes racial and income inequities worse. The coronavirus crisis offers a good time to halt the practice, permanently. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

The Strange, Sudden Intimacy of Socially Isolated Roommates

Renters in apartments and houses share more than just germs with their roommates: Life under coronavirus lockdown means negotiating new social rules. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

Under Coronavirus, Nature Becomes an Essential Service

Access to parks, nature, and wildlife is critical for physical and emotional well-being. Now some city dwellers sheltered at home are finding it in small sizes. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 4 days ago

Why Not Just Stop Paying Rent?

Because of coronavirus, millions of tenants won’t be able to write rent checks. But calls for a rent holiday often ignore the longer-term economic effects. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

How to Make People Stay Home

To help flatten the curve in the Covid-19 outbreak, officials at all levels of government are asking people to stay home. Here's what’s worked, and what hasn't. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

Alone Together, in Community Resilience

Portable pantries. Saucepan protests. Small-space dance routines. The best coronavirus community efforts use social distancing as an asset, not an obstacle. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

Send Us Your Questions About the Rent, Evictions, and Your Rights

Hey renters, homeowners, landlords, and others: What do you want to know about housing rights and resources during the Covid-19 crisis? Answer our brief survey. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

Black Businesses Are Not Getting the Coronavirus Relief They Deserve

The latest U.S. coronavirus aid package promises a partial and uneven economic recovery that leaves behind the African American community. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 6 days ago

Black Businesses Left Behind in Covid-19 Relief

The latest U.S. coronavirus aid package promises a partial and uneven economic recovery that leaves behind the African American community. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 6 days ago

How to Head Off a Coronavirus Housing Crisis

Former HUD secretary and presidential candidate Julián Castro has ideas for state and federal leaders on protecting vulnerable renters from a housing disaster. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 6 days ago

The Last Daycares Standing

In places where most child cares and schools have closed, in-home family daycares that remain open aren’t seeing the demand  — or the support — they expected. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

The Coronavirus Crash Will Also Hit Rental Property Owners

Some renters and homeowners are getting financial assistance during the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. What about landlords? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

N.K. Jemisin Confronts the City We’re Becoming

The science fiction and fantasy author talks to CityLab about the parallels between fiction and reality in her new book, "The City We Became." | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

The NIMBYs of the Coronavirus Crisis

Why would residents block a Covid-19 testing site? For the same reason many oppose other forms of neighborhood change: a desire to shift the burden elsewhere. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

The Path to Reopening Our Cities

We must prepare for a protracted battle with coronavirus. But there are changes we can make now to prepare locked-down cities for what’s next. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

‘East Lake Meadows’ Isn’t Just a Public Housing Tragedy

The new PBS documentary film from Sarah Burns and David McMahon chronicles the fall of an Atlanta housing project through the residents who once called it home. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

The Empty Baseball Stadiums of Opening Day

With the Major League Baseball season on hold, the ballparks of North America hosted no crowds for Opening Day 2020. Here's a sad photo gallery. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 10 days ago

France Now Has a High-Speed Coronavirus Hospital Train

To move Covid-19 patients from the hardest-hit areas, French authorities turned one of the nation’s famous TGV trains into a very fast ambulance. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 10 days ago

Do Landlords Deserve a Coronavirus Bailout, Too?

Some renters and homeowners are getting financial assistance during the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. What about landlords? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 10 days ago

Saying ‘I Do’ From a Social Distance

Traditional weddings are unsafe if not banned in much of the world due to Covid-19. But that doesn’t mean couples are canceling the dancing or live music. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 10 days ago

Now More Than Ever, Cities Need Bikes

As the coronavirus crisis forces changes in transportation, some cities are building bike lanes and protecting cycling shops. Here’s why that makes sense. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 11 days ago

A Green Stimulus Plan for a Post-Coronavirus Economy

A group of U.S. economists, academics and policy makers say the Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity to fix the economy — and the planet — for the long term. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 12 days ago

Ride-Hailing Drivers Are Now First Responders

Uber and Lyft drivers risk Covid-19 infections to shuttle doctors and vulnerable people around. Can they get the same job protections as other frontline workers? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 12 days ago

In Coronavirus, the U.S. Faces a Problem It Can’t Fix by Segregation

For decades, the U.S. has used spatial barricades to isolate advantaged people from serious social ills. To defeat Covid-19, that won’t work. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 12 days ago

The Invention of Telecommuting (2015)

Working remotely long predated third-wave coffee shops and sleek co-working spaces. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 13 days ago

For Cities, the Coronavirus Recovery Can Be an Opportunity

Urban resilience expert Michael Berkowitz shares ideas about how U.S. cities can come back stronger from the social and economic disruption of coronavirus. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 13 days ago

Coronavirus Is the Latest Threat to Asylum Seekers Fleeing Violence

Migrants who have crossed the border into Mexico say they still fear violence and poverty back home more than the Covid-19 pandemic. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 13 days ago

In Singapore, an Uneasy Normalcy is Tested

Hailed for its early efforts to contain Covid-19, Singapore has recently seen a surge in new coronavirus cases. Still, daily life is surprisingly unaffected. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 13 days ago

Where Inmates Are Getting Bailed Out in the Coronavirus Crisis

Dozens of cities and counties are releasing inmates to lower the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak. But some notable ones are holding out. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 15 days ago

Coronavirus School Closings Expose the Severity of the Homework Gap

With almost 44 million American kids out of school, teachers want to turn to online learning — but not everyone can log on. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 16 days ago

Is Ageism Making Coronavirus Worse?

There are reasons why younger adults ignore public health warnings and say that Covid-19 is “just killing old people,” says geriatrician Louise Aronson. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 16 days ago

Why Some Transit Agencies Are Offering Free Rides During Coronavirus

In Ohio and elsewhere, buses are going fare-free as the Covid-19 crisis spreads. Here’s why that can make both riders and drivers safer. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 17 days ago

When the World Stops Moving

Jarringly quiet highways and empty rail cars are signs of Covid-19’s profound economic and public health impacts. Perhaps leaders can also learn from them. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 17 days ago

In Hospitals, Volunteers Are Needed, but No Longer Allowed

To reduce risk of coronavirus transmission, U.S. hospitals have halted most volunteer services, further straining staff resources at the worst possible time. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 17 days ago

Cleaning Workers Fight Coronavirus, at Their Own Risk

Janitors, domestic workers, housekeeping, and office cleaning crews are on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19. Can they protect their own health? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 18 days ago

It’s Time for the Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Households that rely on food assistance can’t stock up during the coronavirus crisis. That’s why the U.S. created the P-SNAP program more than a decade ago. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 19 days ago

What Cities Are Doing to Stall Evictions and Foreclosures

A movement to halt evictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic is spreading to more U.S. cities and states. Many are looking to stop utility shut-offs and foreclosures, too. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 19 days ago

Why Norway Is Banning its Residents From Their Own Vacation Homes

Don’t let rural hospitals get overrun with Covid-19 cases just to enjoy your summer house, the government warns. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 19 days ago

The ‘Chinese Flu’ Is Part of a Long History of Racializing Disease

During a plague outbreak in 1899, officials in Honolulu quarantined and burned the city’s Chinatown. Some Covid-19 talk today echoes their rhetoric. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 19 days ago