Politics

Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque

Many European cities have managed to restrict large worship spaces for Muslims, and this plan is also likely to be controversial.

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests

The deadly virus has already claimed almost 500 lives across West Africa this year, and deforestation could cause that number to keep climbing. 

London Is Gambling Away Opportunities for Post-Recession Recovery

Local councils have no power to regulate how many betting shops pop up or where, and the numbers have gotten out of hand.

The Difficulties of Reviving a Ghost Town: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Next Economy

How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks

Independence Day celebrations are an economic boost for communities. And with budgets tight, there are several ways towns can avoid canceling their shows.

Brazil Made Big Environmental Promises for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Here's Why It Won't Keep Them.

Sustainability is a necessary buzzword for any mega-event, but reality often falls far short.

CityFixer

5 Lessons U.S. Transit Systems Should Learn from London

At the top of the list: Get people on board with annual fare increases.

How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity

And other civics lessons from Reykjavík's unconventional former mayor.

How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights

The technology craze of the 1890s meant fashion freedom and transportation independence.

Why Can't We Build Skinny Skyscrapers Everywhere?

The limits to how tall and thin towers can be has more to do with markets than engineers.

Why Public Transit Is Not Living Up to Its Social Contract

Too many agencies favor suburban commuters over inner-city riders.

How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe

Pretty well, actually. 

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place

A Brooklyn group tracked the history of the city's urban-renewal projects—and gave some still-vacant spots a future.

Why Cities Should Be More Skeptical of New Cultural Centers and Expansions

On the other side of a major U.S. arts building boom, some civic leaders still think that luring cultural centers—no matter the cost—means instant success.

Why We're Stuck With Coin-Op Laundromats

The only change that's coming to the growing laundromat industry is quarters. 

Outraged Canadians Report the Detroit Water Authority to the UN for Human-Rights Violations

Is there a plan to force the gentrification of Detroit through overdue water bills? And should the United Nations take action? The Council of Canadians thinks so.

California High-Speed Rail Finally Finds the Funding It Needs

A budget deal secures the project 25 percent of cap-and-trade revenue moving forward.

Why Every City Needs a Yoga Tax

In D.C., a bill that would expand the sales tax to include services like health-club memberships has drawn the ire of gym and yoga-studio owners. Here's why it's good for cities—and for consumers.