Laura Bliss

Why the Cities of Science Fiction Feel So Familiar: #Best Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

The 'Water Empress' of Las Vegas Delivers a Lesson in Conservation Ethics

Patricia Mulroy lays out your moral obligation to save water in a new video.

In One Upper East Side Bakery, a Victory for Labor Rights

The documentary "The Hand That Feeds" is a humanizing portrait of one battle in the wage war.

A Guide-Dog Discrimination Lawsuit Against Uber Will Move Forward

In response to a wave of ADA-related complaints about Uber and similar companies, a new ruling could raise the accountability bar for ride-hailing services.

The Department of Homeland Security Is Coming to Silicon Valley

The agency hopes a new satellite office will strengthen its relationship with the tech industry.

How Earth Day Changed the Way We View Cities

In 1970, cities epitomized everything that was wrong with the planet. That's changed, partly because of Earth Day.

Another Reason Brazil's Olympic Preparations Might Be 'The Worst Ever'

Dead fish are choking Rio's waterways, and the government doesn't seem to be doing much about it.

California's Poorest Could Start Paying More for Water

Tiered water rate structures promote conservation and keep prices down for low-income families, but a new ruling calls them into question.

Watch a Year's Worth of Carbon Dioxide Billow Around the Globe

This NASA visualization tracks 365 days of the planet's CO2 emissions.

What Life Is Like on the Micronation of Sealand: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

A Transit-Themed World's Fair May Be Coming to Los Angeles

A group of architects, engineers, and venture capitalists are pushing for it. There are obvious problems—and a not-so-obvious benefit.

An Archive of the World's Freshest Satellite Images

A new tool lets you easily browse NASA-quality photos of Earth from 2013 up to this very minute.

Getting African-American Boys to Read With 'Barbershop Books'

Many young black males don't see reading as part of their identity, one NYC educator believes. Haircut by haircut, he's trying to fix that.

Using Legos to Explain Taxes and Economic Inequality

A playful way to understand a complicated problem.   

Simple Living Hits the Road as RV Ownership Surges

Sales are about to reach pre-recession levels. Who's driving them and why?

Chinese 'Nail Houses' Won't Budge for New Development

The holdout homes are a symbol of underdog defiance of wealth and power.

Reinventing Times Square, Again: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

The Troublesome Connection Between City Trees and Income Inequality

A new study finds a strong correlation between income level and canopy cover. But the solution involves more than just planting additional trees.

Copycat Architecture Is Still Booming in China

The nation loves its Eiffel Tower, Great Sphinx, and White House. The reason is more complicated than you might think.