All Articles

The Fantastical, Yet Still Plausible, Plan to Build a New Megacity in Turkey

In the run-up to June’s general elections, the country’s opposition party announced plans for a new city called Merkez Turkiye that would cost $200 billion to construct.

A Push to Build a Playground for Syrian Refugee Children

The crowd-funded project would make a place in Lebanon where these displaced youths can be kids again.

Texas Is Paying the Price for Its Lack of Flood Infrastructure

While cities along its rivers are growing the most dramatically, the state continues to forego any and all central planning for floods.

Exposure to Traffic Noise May Raise Your Risk of Obesity

A worrisome study sheds new light on the health hazards of noise pollution.

The Highway Lane Next to Yours Isn’t Really Moving Any Faster

It’s what researchers call a “roadway illusion.”

The Underappreciated Architecture of Waffle House

New Orleans is getting a 'fancy' version of the 24-hour American breakfast chain. This is not a good development.

Mapping the Grand Canyon's Gruesome Legacy of Death

More than 700 people have perished in the yawning crevice—here’s where and how.

Call Out Poorly Parked Cars With the App 'TowIt'

One developer’s weapon against lousy drivers and vans blocking the bike lane.

Recycle Your Coffee Habit

Sip from a cup made out of repurposed coffee grounds.

The G Word: Gentrification and Its Many Meanings

Changing neighborhoods may be a class issue, but in America, that means it’s also a racial one.

Ask CityLab: Why Does My Food Taste So Weird on Airplanes?

A new study suggests it’s all in your ears.

The Failures and Merits of Place-Based Initiatives

Targeting select low-income communities for an infusion of resources isn’t the answer to the problem of urban poverty. But what is?

When Using the Sidewalk Means Breaking the Law: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

San Francisco's Topless Protest Against Police Brutality

The #sayhername protest made a statement about how black, female bodies are treated in America.

The Link Between Walkable Neighborhoods and Race

African Americans are far more likely to live in the San Francisco Bay Area’s least walkable neighborhoods. Why?

Paris or New York?

A short animation pits the two iconic cities against one another.

New Orleans' Tourism Industry Says the State's ‘Religious Freedom’ Order Is Bad for Business

City code already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, sexual orientation or gender identification—so come on down! (Please.)

Stalled Development Created an Accidental Lake in Nashville

It’s really just a very, very deep puddle.

What to Do When You're Hit By a Car

It’s scary and unimaginable, but pedestrians and cyclists must know how to react if it happens to them—or to someone else.