A Historic River Town Confronts a Flooded Future

After two catastrophic floods in less than two years, a mill town in Maryland faces a critical decision: Rebuild, or retreat? | Continue reading


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Why Urbanists Are Arguing About Housing Supply

A divide has emerged between those who believe building more housing will make cities more affordable and equitable, and those who see limited or mixed effects. | Continue reading


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CityLab Daily: In a Town Shaped by Water, the River Is Winning

Also: The city that’s giving people money, and what redlining has to do with asthma. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 1 day ago

In a Town Shaped by Water, the River Is Winning

After two catastrophic floods in less than two years, a mill town in Maryland faces a critical decision: Rebuild, or retreat? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 1 day ago

Trash Cans Are Rare in Japanese Cities. Why Are They So Tidy?

The near-absence of public garbage bins in cities like Tokyo is both a security measure and a reflection of a cultural aversion to littering. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 1 day ago

Redlining Causes Asthma

New research shows that disparities in housing contribute to disparities in one of the most common chronic diseases afflicting children. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

How Redlining Causes Asthma

New research shows that disparities in housing contribute to disparities in one of the most common chronic diseases afflicting children. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

Housing Supply Became the Most Controversial Issue in Urbanism

A divide has emerged between those who believe building more housing will make cities more affordable and equitable, and those who see limited or mixed effects. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

CityLab Daily: Consider the Trash Can

Also: The thing mayors really want, and the great upzoning debate. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

What if More People Could Issue Parking Tickets?

Washington, D.C., considers training a group of residents to give tickets for some parking violations. Would it make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

The One Thing That’s on Mayors’ Priority Lists Nationwide

At the National League of Cities conference, parks and recreation was the priority for mayors. And for mayors in most of the U.S., housing is key, too. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

The Great Upzoning Debate

A divide has emerged between those who believe building more housing will make cities more affordable and equitable, and those who see limited or mixed effects. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

Bringing New Life to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lost Designs

Spanish architect David Romero transforms Wright's visions into digital images so detailed they almost look like contemporary photographs. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

Carefully, Japan Reconsiders the Trash Can

The near-absence of public garbage bins in cities like Tokyo is both a security measure and a reflection of a cultural aversion to littering. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 2 days ago

MapLab: How Game of Thrones Got Mappy

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

What We Fight About When We Fight About Parking

Disputes over parking spots often turn violent, says planner Donald Shoup, because cities are failing to properly price this contested commodity. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

Paris Will Create the City's Largest Gardens Around the Eiffel Tower

The city's most famous space will get a pedestrian-friendly park redesign, set to open in 2024, that emphasizes trees instead of cars and trucks. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

CityLab Daily: The Psychology of Fighting Over Parking Space

Also: It’s getting harder for cities to protect workers, and the Eiffel Tower is getting a grander, greener park. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

How Can Cities Curb Parking Spot Rage?

Disputes over parking spots often turn violent, says planner Donald Shoup, because cities are failing to properly price this contested commodity. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower Is Getting a Grander, Greener Park

The city's most famous space will get a pedestrian-friendly park redesign, set to open in 2024, that emphasizes trees instead of cars and trucks. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

Netflix’s ‘Street Food’ Reveals a Thriving and Threatened Culture

In cities globally, street vendors are an essential source of food and provide critical income to women but recent crackdowns are threatening this lifestyle. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 3 days ago

Cities Are Losing Ground in the Fight to Protect Workers

The Supreme Court has made it easier for employers to undermine local labor laws with forced arbitration. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 4 days ago

CityLab Daily: The Hottest Trend in Housing Policy

Also: Where blue-collar workers fare better, and the resegregation of Baton Rouge’s public schools. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 4 days ago

Blue-Collar and Service Workers Fare Better Outside Superstar Cities

The wage premium in these cities is not enough to counter the high cost of housing. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 4 days ago

Despite Resistance, Cities Turn to Density to Tackle Housing Inequality

Residential "upzoning” policies being adopted from Minneapolis to Seattle were once politically out of the question. Now they’re just politically fraught. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 4 days ago

The California Legislature Is Getting Played by Micromobility Companies

If the California legislature passes AB 1112, cities can’t require companies like Bird, Lime, and Jump to limit numbers, meet equity goals, or fully share data. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

How the Ancient Maya Adapted to Climate Change

Through practices like storing water, managing forests, and migration, the ancient Maya met climate challenges with proactive flexibility. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

CityLab Daily: An Uber Battle Becomes a Street Fight

Also: How I. M. Pei and Boston made each other, and flying cars are real. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

The Dangerous Standoff Between Uber and Buenos Aires

While the government and Uber argue over whether the company is an app or a transportation company, drivers suffer fines, violence, and instability. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

A Glimpse of an Unbuilt ‘Pei Plan’

In the mid 1960s, the late architect offered an ambitious vision for a brand-new downtown. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

Boston is an I. M. Pei City

Boston was where I. M. Pei produced work that would come to define the city and cement his own reputation as one of the world’s most evocative architects. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

The Dangerous Standoff Between Uber and Buenos Aires

While the government and Uber argue over whether the company is an app or a transportation company, drivers suffer fines, violence, and instability. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 5 days ago

Navigator: Human Archipelago

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@citylab.com | 7 days ago

Communities Are Fighting 5G, Permit by Permit

Communities are fighting the technology one permit at a time. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

‘Fairbnb’ Wants to Be the Unproblematic Alternative to Airbnb

The vacation rental industry is mired in claims that it harms neighborhoods and housing markets. Can a nonprofit co-op make the tourist trend a community asset? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

The Problem with Outlawing Distracted Walking

If anything, it could cause more harm. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

After I. M. Pei's Death, Assessing His Built Legacy

The architect, who died yesterday at the age of 102, designed iconic modern buildings on prominent sites around the world. Here are some that delight and confound CityLab. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

CityLab Daily: How I. M. Pei Shaped the Modern City

Also: The history of New York City’s playgrounds, and can there be a “Fairbnb?” | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

How I. M. Pei Shaped the Modern City

The architect, who died yesterday at the age of 102, designed iconic modern buildings on prominent sites around the world. Here are some that delight and confound CityLab. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

Will California Preempt City Control of Micromobility Companies?

If the California legislature passes AB 1112, cities can’t require companies like Bird, Lime, and Jump to limit numbers, meet equity goals, or fully share data. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

Should Texting While Crossing the Street Be Illegal?

If anything, it could cause more harm. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

Former NYC Housing Czar Alicia Glen on Upzoning, Amazon HQ2, and More

New York's former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen talks about housing, the subway, HQ2, and life outside of city hall. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

‘Fairbnb’ Wants to Be the Unproblematic Alternative to Airbnb

The vacation rental industry is mired in claims that it harms neighborhoods and housing markets. Can a nonprofit co-op make the tourist trend a community asset? | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 8 days ago

King's Landing Was Never a Nice Place to Live [spoiler alert]

The Seven Kingdoms' capital may be impressive to look at, but it's largely a miserable place to live, and the world that created it is rotten. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

CityLab Daily: America’s First Greenbelt May Be in Jeopardy

Also: Can Dallas learn to love bikes? And comparing two mayors who want to be president. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

Can Car-Crazy Dallas Learn to Love Bikes?

For decades, Dallas has been a drive-thru city. That might finally be changing. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

King’s Landing Was Always a Miserable Dump

The Seven Kingdoms' capital may be impressive to look at, but it's largely a miserable place to live, and the world that created it is rotten. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago

An Illustrated History of New York City’s Playgrounds

How the concrete jungle got its jungle gyms. | Continue reading


@citylab.com | 9 days ago