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Race and the American Skyscraper: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Michael Dalder/Reuters

D.C. Readers! Come to Our First-Ever HappyHourLab

We’re trying something new, and we hope you’ll join us.

PLP Architecture

Imagining a Traffic-Free Future By Sending Driverless Cars Underground

A radical proposal to solve congestion might be too beautiful for this world.

David Morico

The Freeway Bridge For Atlanta's Skateboarders

Crackdowns on the city’s skaters have come in waves, but Black Blocks has remained a safe haven through it all.


Cincinnati Has a Streetcar Problem

After a strong start, the city’s new system is experiencing some growing pains.

Salvador Espinoza

Journeying to Rikers Island by Bus

This photo series depicts an unseen side of the criminal justice system: its effect on the families of incarcerated people.

Molly Stanard

The Town That Forgot About Its Japanese Internment Camp

A small town in rural Ontario harbored a World War II-era secret. Should it find a way to preserve a dark moment in its history, or let the past disappear for good?

Startblok Riekerhaven

In Amsterdam, Dutch Youth and Refugees Run a Housing Project Together

Startblok Riekerhaven is a ‘European laboratory’ for housing and integrating a wave of refugees.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

The Persistent Inequality of Neighborhoods

The places we’re born have a profound influence on our ability to move up the economic ladder.

Jon Miller/Hedrich Blessing

Why This Teaching Hospital Only Has Fake Patients

A Chicago community college has invested in new architecture and high-tech simulations to prepare its students for jobs in health care.

Museum of the City of New York

A Manufacturing Map of New York, Circa 1919

Take a look into all the wonderful stuff New Yorkers were creating a century ago, including a whole ton of women’s wear.


In India, a Mystery of Cities and Holes in the Clouds

The urban heat island might be responsible for a strange weather pattern that appeared this week.

Andrew Harnik/AP

The Middle-Class Metros That Put Trump in the White House

From Johnstown, Ohio, to Wausau, Wisconsin, it was the towns with big shares of middle-income households that flipped their political allegiances in 2016.

Will Geary

Visualizing a Full Day on the New York City Subway

Except as something really fast and elegant.


Dust Settles on China's Forsaken Straddling Bus

Briefly hyped as the future of transit, it now sits indefinitely in an open shed.

James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

Justice by Algorithm

Baltimore uses a little-known risk assessment tool to help make bail decisions. It’s supposed to be an objective way to keep non-violent defendants out of jail, but some fear it might be reinforcing racial bias.

The Atlantic

The Alabama Town Where Demolition Derby Is Life

A visual portrait of Saturday night in Dothan, where people flock from across the South to find a cathartic adrenaline rush.

Paul Beaty/AP

Why Homeless Kids Can't Get to School

Antiquated procedures and limited resources prevent many homeless children from having a stable education experience.