Watch Live: CityLab 2016

Highlights from The Atlantic's annual summit on urban innovation.

SF Public Works

San Francisco Workers Dig Up a Relic of the 1939 World's Fair

“It’s amazing what they did in the past.”

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Rise of the 'Urbanpreneur'

How the internet ushered in a new era for entrepreneurs in the urban ecosystem.

Take-Two Interactive

What 'Civilization VI' Gets Wrong About Civilization

The greatest challenge to civilization isn’t digging irrigation channels or attaining spaceflight—and Civ I got it right.


Most Airport Noise Complaints Come From a Handful of Cranks

The vast majority of airport-noise complaints come from only a few affected households—and some that aren’t affected at all.

David McFadden/AP

How Overseas Accounts Can Fund U.S. Infrastructure

A new proposal could bring in billions of dollars from offshore accounts to solve the country’s infrastructure-spending gap.

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Three Mayors Make the Case for More Funds

In an open letter, the mayors of Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona argue that urban areas should get more federal resources—because they’re the ones getting things done.

Thomas Peter/Reuters

What a Pizza Delivery Driver Sees

Angela Nguyen talks about how her job at Domino’s in Ham Lake, Minnesota, has shown her the inner life of her community.

Joshua Lott/Reuters

Detroit Is America's Capital of Bad Credit

Two-thirds of the city’s residents are ranked as subprime, or worse.

Ted S. Warren/AP

What the 'Gig Economy' Looks Like in Cities

An estimate of where businesses with no employees—like Uber drivers or AirBnB hosts—have grown.

Next America
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From an Economist in Peru to a Janitor in America

Ciro Gutierrez, a cleaner at the University of Connecticut, talks about white-collar immigrants working in blue-collar jobs.

Next America
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The Forgotten Providers

Home-care workers are increasingly vital to the future of our healthcare system, but they face obstacles rooted in racism and sexism.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The Two Faces of Freelancing

Some professionals are thrilled to be their own bosses, but on-call and temp workers are still struggling.

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

A New Typology of Global Cities

The seven types of global cities driving the world economy.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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.

Heinz Awards

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.


Looking Down at Nairobi's Explosive Growth

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

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.”