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Giving Penn Station Its Glory Back: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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Life After 'The New Jim Crow'

A conversation with the civil rights law scholar Michelle Alexander on how to dismantle the mass incarceration crisis in the U.S.

Great Big Story

The Colorado Towns That Turned Up the Stars

It wasn’t easy to banish streetlights and signs. “Frontier people don’t like being told what to do.”

Rod Waddington/Flickr

The Destruction of Yemen's Historic Tower Houses

Air strikes are damaging the country’s urban heritage.

Jamie Grill/Getty/Katie Martin/CityLab

In Cider Season, Detroit's Donuts Reign Supreme

The perfect autumnal snack salutes Michigan’s other big industry.


Looking Down at Nairobi's Explosive Growth

Urban development aside, more than half the city’s population still lives in slums.

Judie Gilmore/Breathing Lights

Illuminating Blight in Upstate New York

A temporary art installation in the three Capital Region cities calls for a solution to vacancy and abandonment.

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Why Londoners Bristled at the Invitation to Chat on the Tube

Small talk isn’t universal.

Alex Brandon/AP

Flint Wins Funding in the Latest Congressional Budget Standoff

Now, will the state come through?

Why GE Moved to Boston, According to Its CEO

“You’re in the middle of an ecosystem that quite honestly for a big company, it makes you afraid.”

Benjamin Sklar/AP

When Immigrants Push Up Housing Prices

Foreign-born U.S. residents have a profound effect on housing demand, property values, and racial segregation rates. But it’s not as simple as you might think.


Helping Smart Cites Harness Big Data

The open-source mapping company Mapbox is starting a new “mentorship” program to help cities tackle their most pressing urban issues.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

One Big Question About Hoboken's Fatal Commuter Train Crash

A third of U.S. train crashes are caused by human error, even though technology exists to make rail passengers much safer. Why doesn’t New Jersey Transit have it?

Heidrum Henke

The Vienna Orchestra That Makes Music With Vegetables

First songs, then soup.

Andrea Comas/Reuters

A Blueprint for Keeping Homeless Kids in School

Across the country, states and districts are hatching new ways to implement federal provisions coming into effect this fall.

Bill Haber/AP

The Fight to Remove the Andrew Jackson Monument in New Orleans

Activists say they can’t wait for a court decision when it comes to the legacy of white supremacy.

Don Ryan/AP

The Downsides of the Back-to-the-City Movement

A tale of winners and losers.

Jason Siegel/CityLab

Why This Weird Little Rubber Stamp Shop Leaves a Lasting Impression

J.C. Casey treats his store like a pub.