Etiquette

On the Job With: A Canvasser

“You face rejection all day long.”

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

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

On the Job With: An Urban Arborist

“No one needs to get hurt over a tree.”

A Smell Test for Graffiti

Sydney’s rail system uses high-tech sensors to detect tagging in progress.

On The Job With: An Ice Cream Truck Driver

Hot days are the worst.

The Secrets of Your Delivery Guy's Hustle

Pros divulge the tactics they use to get customers to fork over tips.

5 Ways to Avoid Annoying Everyone in Your Co-Working Space

Don't be that guy.

On The Job With: A Diner Waiter

Quit asking for "the usual."

Using Public Shame to Stop Litterbugs

Hong Kong used DNA analysis to put a face to the typically anonymous crime.

How to Tell If Infrastructure Is for Exercise

For everyone wondering whether the bus is a good place for burpees.

How to Watch Porn Responsibly, According to Porn Stars

For starters, get out your credit card.

Why You're Free to BYOB in Philly, But in Boston It's Complicated

The Boston City Council is finally considering allowing diners to bring their own alcohol to local restaurants. Here's why this is even a debate.

It's Time to End the Great Snow Umbrella Debate Once and For All

This urban etiquette question has an actual right answer.

The Portlandia Explainer on How to Order Coffee

"Go in with the graveness and seriousness of a court date."

9 Super-Annoying Things You Do At Restaurants, According to Restaurant Workers

Pro tip: They can tell when you're faking that food allergy.

When Etiquette PSAs Go Wrong

In this absurdist sketch, a New York MTA train operator crosses the line.

A World Where Proper Mass Transit Etiquette Is the Key to Finding Love

For Valentine's Day, the Los Angeles Metro system offers up a love story and a PSA all in one.

Dating Online? No Selfies, and Stop Talking About Yourself

New research reveals some unorthodox tips for setting yourself apart on dating apps and sites.

Down With Selfie Sticks

Why you're better off asking a stranger to take your picture.