Tanvi Misra

Courtesy Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs)

When Police Officers Sat Down With a Community They Hardly Knew...

Female officers in Seattle are being paired with refugee women new to their city. Now, both groups say they understand each other better.

Courtesy James Rojas

Wanted: More (and Better) Discourse on Designing Diverse Communities

Broadening our understanding of how different groups interact with their physical environments would be a great first step.

Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Venice Declares War on Wheeled Luggage

The city's reasoning is ... sound. Way too much of it.

Napper Architects, Courtesy of Something Concrete and Modern

Why an Ambitious, Fanciful 'Linear City' Failed

A Le Corbusier-inspired idea for a city that organized transit and architecture around "functional delineation" was never realized.

Esteban Moro and colleagues

What Twitter Can Tell Us About Unemployment

Where, when, and how people tweet reveals information about the socioeconomics of a region.

NYCLink

R.I.P., Pay Phones. Hello, 'Links'

NYC's swanky future pay phones will provide unlimited Wi-Fi and free domestic calls. But will they be accessible to everyone?

Global Road Maps

Roads vs. the Environment: Where the 'Conflict Zones' Are

"Road Map" shows where economic benefits from roads are as high as the danger they pose to the environment.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

March of the Non-White Babies

Demographer William Frey explains how minorities are poised to re-map America.

The Brooklyn Block

Brooklyn-Inspired Scarves, Processed in Code

Why settle for regular stripes when you can sport a pattern made from video footage of Fort Greene or Red Hook?

Courtesy of Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Riders for Health

Helping to End Africa's AIDS Crisis—on Motorcycles

Health workers in Malawi are using the power of two wheels to reach HIV patients living in remote areas.

Library Of Congress

What We Can Learn From a Vintage Visualization of Global Migration

A French archival map represents global migration circa 1858 in strikingly similar ways to how researchers do it today.

Flickr/roadsidepictures

Why Some Places Still Have Plenty of Pay Phones

They survive where people still use them.

Kowloon large illustrated

Rare Maps Show Life in Hong Kong's Vice-Filled 'Walled City'

The infamous, secret city was a hotbed of temptation and violence that most refused to enter—even after the walls came down.

Flickr/fotoscanon/

The Restaurant Industry's Secret Shame: An Utter Lack of Diversity in the Best-Paying Jobs

Raising the minimum wage and changing workplace culture could help.

Flickr/universityofpennsylvania

How Anchor Institutions like Hospitals and Universities Can Help Cities

They've got a permanent presence—and great hiring and purchasing potential.

Cube Cities

How Can the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Help Cities Prepare for Disasters?

A new visualization tool tells city planners and emergency personnel which buildings would be at risk during a catastrophic event.

Lauren Schneider

For Inmates in Texas Prisons, Extreme Heat Is Its Own Death Sentence

Fourteen prisoners have died from heat-related causes since 2007. Is anything being done about it?

Oliver O'Brien

Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues'

An interactive map shows what languages—apart from English—are most spoken at each underground stop.

Flickr/mSeattle

How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer

The largest metros would have seen a 24 percent bump in economic growth in 2012 if racial employment disparities didn't exist.