Laura Bliss

The Age of Every Building in Los Angeles, Mapped

A fascinating resource for lovers of city planning, made possible by open data.

The Case for Taxing Bottled Water

The public should be able to recoup some of the social, ethical, and environmental costs of bottled water.

Exposure to Traffic Noise May Raise Your Risk of Obesity

A worrisome study sheds new light on the health hazards of noise pollution.

When Using the Sidewalk Means Breaking the Law: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

What to Do When You're Hit By a Car

It’s scary and unimaginable, but pedestrians and cyclists must know how to react if it happens to them—or to someone else.

San Francisco May Put a Moratorium on New Development in the Mission

It’s a misguided idea that would only exacerbate the city’s housing and displacement crisis.

The 50 States of Highly Specific Food Cravings

A new map uses Foursquare data to reveal the most unique tastes in food or drink, state by state.

Irregular Work Schedules Have the Biggest Impact on Women

A new report reveals who is hit hardest by erratic hours and unstable incomes.

The Definition of a Game-Changer: L.A.'s $15 Minimum Wage

Tuesday’s vote sets the bar for wage standards in the biggest U.S. cities.

'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Searches for Home in a Fast-Changing City

Now fundraising on Kickstarter, a film by two S.F. natives will grapple with race, class, displacement, and the importance of friendship.

Apparently, Young People Are Moving to Brooklyn: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Contaminated and Unregulated: A Worrying New 'Water Atlas' of L.A. County

75 percent of the county’s 228 water systems are vulnerable in some way.

Santa Monica Just Outlawed 80 Percent of Its Airbnb Rentals

One of the most aggressive moves yet in the online rental battle seems virtually impossible to enforce.

In the Twin Cities, Commute Times Vary Dramatically by Race

People of color spend nearly 160 additional hours a year commuting on transit compared to whites who drive to work alone.

The Problem With California's Water-Bottling Plants Isn't the Water

It’s the lack of transparency about the process.

Interactive Maps Can Now Get the 'Matrix' Treatment

It’s one of many flashy design demos available on the new customizable map animation engine Tangram.

Remembering Chris Burden, L.A. Artist of Architecture and Industry

Few others thought as critically about life in the mechanical age.

The Danger of the Left Turn Lane: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Technicolor Footage of Berlin, Two Months After the End of World War II

On the 70th anniversary of VE Day, a remarkable film shows Berliners cleaning up a city in ruin.