Aarian Marshall

Ask CityLab: Why Does My Food Taste So Weird on Airplanes?

A new study suggests it’s all in your ears.

New Orleans' Tourism Industry Says the State's ‘Religious Freedom’ Order Is Bad for Business

City code already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, sexual orientation or gender identification—so come on down! (Please.)

The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked

A list-based guide to looking beyond the listicle.

L.A.'s 'Sunken City' May Reopen to the Public

You may soon be able to (legally) explore part of Los Angeles that began sliding into the sea in the 1920s.

The Secrets of Your Delivery Guy's Hustle

Pros divulge the tactics they use to get customers to fork over tips.

London Refuses to Go to the Dogs

One city borough wants to use DNA testing to sniff out owners who don't scoop their pets' poop.

The Sound of Open Data

A winning audio design project lets you listen to the sound of your city's environmental data, in real time.

How to Save Portland From Becoming the Next San Francisco

A local architect lays out a vision for a denser Portland—without a housing squeeze.

The Future of Art Has a Propeller

Drone graffiti, drone photography, drone Instagram, and more.

An Interview With Wanksy, Penis Doodler and Pothole Avenger

How an English construction worker is fighting for better road infrastructure by scribbling on the streets like a third-grader.

How Amateur Mappers Are Helping Recovery Efforts In Nepal

A crowdsourcing satellite-imagery site that made headlines when Malaysian Flight 370 disappeared last year is now being used to plot parts of Kathmandu in need of aid.

Indiana Drivers Paid $4.8 Million in NYC Parking Tickets Last Year

And other sad parking tales told by open data.

Will Cape Cod Privatize Its Emergency Mental Healthcare System?

The Massachusetts region has four times the suicide rate of the rest of the state. Would a privately run system help or hurt?

What Are the Bounds of a Traffic Stop, According to the Supreme Court?

The nation's highest court has ruled that police officers can't draw out a stop for the sole reason of waiting for drug sniffing dogs.

America's Great Carl's Jr.—Hardee's Divide

One company. One logo. Two regional dining experiences.

Is This Crazy Chair the Future of Air Travel?

Boeing has filed a patent on an "upright sleep support system," so let's give it a closer look.

Visualizing East Asia's Explosive Urban Growth

A winning data visualization highlights the successes—and perils—of the recent East Asian city boom.

To Save Lives, Shake Up Traffic Signs

A new study finds that "active" road signs may make drivers more attentive.

How Do You Convince People to Eat Weeds?

The Berkeley-based Wild Food Week takes aim at high-end chefs.