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Mexico City Looks to Gondolas to Relieve Traffic Congestion

Gliding at 15 km per hour, the proposed elevated transportation system could be a lower cost option in many corridors.

AP Photo/Francois Mori

What to Expect at the Paris Climate Talks

Fairness, finances, and local action will all play a part in the COP21 talks.

Karla Mckechnie

Bad Drivers Are Forcing an English Town to Paint Its Ponies

Reflective paint is part of the latest plan to save the animals’ lives.

Texas Map & Blue Printing Company via Public Domain

How the Fight Against Urban Renewal Shaped 1970s Houston

A case study in local infrastructure, racial inequality, and civic activism.

Patricio Gonzalez Vivo

This Map Tracks the Satellites Whizzing Over Your House

Zoom out to watch them all orbit Earth at once.

Kurt Bauschardt / Flickr

Why Laws Banning Cyclists From Wearing Headphones Miss the Point

They may actually work against city goals to encourage more riding.

Manuel Rosell

This Furniture Is Made for Bike Storage

Hang with your bike off the road, too.


Artists Hack 600 Paris Billboards With Climate Messages for COP21

A public apology from Volkswagen: “We’re sorry that we got caught.”

Reagan Ray

Austin, Illustrated

Reagan Ray is illustrating 100 of his favorite Austin signs—many for establishments that are no longer with us.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Architect's Investigation Into Urban Warfare

A research project made in response to the growing amount of civilian conflicts taking place in cities.

Pavel Smirnov/Özcan İpar

A Harrowing Climb Up Turkey's Tallest Bridge

Their stomachs must be lined with titanium.

AP Photo/Akira Suemori

How Small Businesses Hustle to Attract Holiday Shoppers

Shops use sleigh rides and treats to entice customers on Small Business Saturday.

Racheal Grazias/

How to Turn New York Into a Christmas Wonderland: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Paula Zuccotti

A Day in the Life, in Objects

Designer Paula Zuccotti asked 62 people from around the world to record every item they touched in a single day.


The Tent City Next Door

Last week, officials announced they would shut down a large homeless encampment across the street from CityLab’s D.C. office. Where all those residents will end up is still unclear.

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No, U.S. Driving Has Not Hit an All-Time High

At least not if you take population growth into account.

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Talking to Coffee Shop Strangers Isn't the Worst Thing

With wi-fi freeloaders draining the bottom line, café owners try out creative approaches to get customers to stick around.

AP Photo

China Is Absolutely Destroying the U.S. on Clean Energy

Over the last year, the majority of global investment in clean energy projects was spent in developing countries.