Linda Poon

Stanza

DIY Your Own City Symphony With This Database of Urban Noise

The London artist Stanza has been crowdsourcing sounds from various cities since the ‘90s and wants people to use them for personal projects.

New World Symphony

Turning Street Noise Into a City Symphony

An MIT composer is collecting snippets of sound to turn Miami and Philadelphia into audio masterpieces.

AP

The Cities That Have Risen From Ruins

Whether they’ve been leveled by wars or earthquakes, cities don’t tend to stay wastelands forever.

Dream Empire/Courtesy of David Borenstein

I Was a White Guy for Rent in a Chinese Ghost City

A filmmaker shares his experience in the once-lucrative business of hiring foreigners to lure homebuyers in China’s building boom.

Thomas Peter/Reuters

Hiroshima's Quest to Symbolize Peace, Not Destruction

Tourists flock there to see “the most destructive force ever created by humankind.” But the Japanese city wants people to look beyond the bomb.

WhereIsMyTransport

Mapping Cape Town's Informal Minibus Taxi Network

How a startup mapped 657 routes, nearly 1,500m and 5,500 miles in three weeks.

Hans Pennink/AP

Attention, State Government Watchdogs: You Might Need This

A new search engine called Digital Democracy can comb through videos, transcripts, and records of what goes on in America’s statehouses.

Kfir Bolotin/City of Tel Aviv

The City Obsessed With Dogs Made an App Just for Them

It was only a matter of time before a canine-friendly app sprung up Tel Aviv.

"Life Underground"/Courtesy of Hervé Cohen

Finding Common Ground in the Subways of the World

Life Underground filmmaker Hervé Cohen travels to more than a dozen cities looking for the most powerful stories from commuters.

Eric Risberg/CityLab

Self-Driving Cars Should Be Regulated Like Drugs

That’s what two AI professors in Pittsburgh suggest. Can a “clinical trial” approach to autonomous vehicle safety work?

Eric Gay/AP

And the School Bus Seat Belt Debate Lives On

School buses were designed to be the safest mode of transport for kids, but at least 18 states are considering mandatory seat belt laws.

Don Ryan/AP

Portland's Wintry Salt Dilemma

An unusually severe winter is forcing the city to reconsider its decades-long policy of shunning salt on icy roads.

Bekka Palmer/BigApps

New York's Pursuit of a More Useful App Contest

After drawing criticism from the tech community, the city redefines how government app competitions can work efficiently.

Knight Foundation

The Knight Cities Challenge Draws Plans to Embrace Diversity

This year’s list of 144 finalists includes a bike-powered hot tub, a drive-in theater for African history, and a marketplace for immigrant cuisine.

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The High-Tech Features That Make Passports Secure

The flimsy pages and patriotic designs betray just how many security measures are hidden inside.

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Giving Cities Room to Experiment and Innovate

The latest round of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program encourages cities to find solutions based on data analysis and a human-centered approach.

Uber

Finally, Uber Releases Data to Help Cities With Transit Planning

But it’s not the highly coveted numbers cities need. How helpful is the company’s new data tool?

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Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye

The city is overhauling its archaic zoning regulations, but does the move help its citizens as much as it helps developers?