Politics

Curfews Are for Humans, Not Cats: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

CityFixer

San Francisco's Humble Request to Luxury Developers: Pitch in for Public Transit

A new impact fee asks residential towers to pay their fair share.

How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.

Millennials May Have Jobs, But They're Still Living With Their Parents

A new report presents puzzling data on the generation hit hardest by the recession.

Why Flashy Plans for LaGuardia Don't Impress Transit Advocates

If an outdated airport is “un-New York,” according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, then what’s a crumbling subway system?

Resetting and Reimagining New York City's Economy

The city came roaring back after the recession, but its divides also deepened.

How Los Angeles County Furthered Racist 'Fair-Housing' Practices

A recent Justice Department complaint reveals the county colluded with two cities and the sheriff’s department to push black, Section 8 families out of certain neighborhoods.

Maps

Mapping America's Renters

A new map provides a detailed look at the nation’s twofold housing crisis.

Cleaning Up Rome, One Tweet at a Time

Romans are sharing photos of their do-it-yourself efforts to improve the city under the hashtag #Romasonoio.

How Was Your Weekend? The Answer Depends on Your Workplace

Your social experience during the workweek can almost fully explain your emotional state over the weekend, a new study finds.

How Russia Secretly Mapped the World: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Maps

Mapping Chicago's 'Million Dollar Blocks'

The costs of incarceration are concentrated in low-income, predominantly black communities in the city.

Maps

How School Districts Seal Their Students Into Poverty

A striking new map shows how districts’ property-tax funding system enforces divides between rich and poor.

Videos

Inside the Georgia Town Where Guns Are the Law

In Kennesaw, since 1982, each head of household must own a working firearm with ammunition.

Who Wants Disposable Plastic Water Bottles in National Parks?

The bottled water industry is lobbying hard to overturn waste-reducing bans in parks, claiming concerns about dehydration and health.

Pope Francis the Urbanist

Mayors from around the world are gathering this week at the Vatican, which has quietly put together a record of urban innovation both inside its walls and across Rome.

Why You Don't Really Care About the Next 'Big One'

Terrible natural disasters will come someday, but most people have a hard time worrying about stuff that isn’t imminent.

How Slavery Built Charleston

Two historians are trying to memorialize locations in the city where slaves were openly sold and auctioned. And they’re everywhere.

Photos

A Migrant's Trek Through Macedonia

A stressful but critical step in the journey for many Syrians and Iraqis on their way north through Europe.

Does Seattle's Trash Monitoring Violate Privacy Rights?

The city’s ban on the disposal of food scraps and other compostables with garbage is met with a lawsuit.