Alastair Boone

Alastair Boone

Alastair Boone is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

'They Can Either Go With It, or They Can Get Out'

The high schoolers who rallied against gun violence in Washington, D.C., had a very explicit message for lawmakers.

One-way signs in the financial district in New York City

Do Two-Way Streets Help a City's Economy?

There’s more than one way for neighborhoods to respond to two-way street conversions, new research suggests.

A brownstone in Brooklyn, where Airbnb growth has been particularly strong in recent years.

What Airbnb Did to New York City

Airbnb’s effects on the city’s housing market have been dramatic, a report suggests. And other cities could soon see the same pattern.

Police show their support at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Where Do Mass Shootings Take Place?

In every kind of American community, data shows.

Map of the world, according to Queering the Map

How to 'Queer the Map'—and Fend Off Attack

When a design student launched an interactive project to map LGBTQ spaces in Montreal, it went viral. Then it went dark.

Posters show the past and future of Saguaro National Monument, Arizona

What Will America's Iconic Parks Look Like in 2050?

An artist riffs on WPA posters to imagine how the country’s defining landscapes will look once climate change has taken its toll.

What Really Ails Detroit?

The city’s former health department director is making a historic run for governor—at age 33. And he’s got ideas about why Amazon just spurned the Motor City.

An illustration of Detroit landmarks.

Travel Like You Live Here: Detroit

Native Detroiters Lauren Hood and Adriel Thornton offer an insider’s view on visiting Motor City.

What Just Happened in San Francisco?

High drama at City Hall—involving race, tech money, and politics—lays bare the city’s simmering tensions.

The 7 Stages of Amazon HQ2 Grief

For boosters and residents in the many cities left behind in the HQ2 sweepstakes, it was a day of sadness, anger, regret, and tweeting.

Immigration Raids, Coming to a Store Near You

Immigration officials said purpose of their raids on 7-Elevens was to target employers. The evidence suggests otherwise.

How Portland Is Sourcing Hydropower From Its Drinking Water

The method has little environmental impact and uses existing infrastructure. So why isn’t it more popular?

Boulders block a road after a mudslide in Montecito, California.

With the Highway Blocked, California Commuters Take to the Sea

Mudslides have closed US 101 above Los Angeles, so tourist boats are offering an ad-hoc ferry service between Ventura and Santa Barbara.

How Baltimore's Water Cleanup Infrastructure Became a Public Sensation

Baltimore addressed its trash problem in its Inner Harbor with a floating water wheel. But it got public buy-in by giving it a personality.

The Urban Fitness Revolution

Fitness has become far more than just a New Year’s resolution in many American cities. Once rife with grit and nightlife, many urban neighborhoods now embrace fitness as a lifestyle.

In 2017, LGBTQ Progress Was Built on Local Elections

It was the “year of the trans candidate” in the U.S., and generally a victorious year for LGBTQ politicians in city and state elections. But we are a long way away from proportional representation.

Stories from the Rust Belt, for the Rust Belt

“I think it’s important for these writers to say, ‘Look, your creativity, your writing, your research, your journalism, matters just as much in Pittsburgh as it does in New York and D.C.”

The Incendiary States of America

A detailed map of U.S. wildfires since 1980 reveals the growing role of human causes.

Homelessness in High-Cost U.S. Cities Is Driving a Nationwide Increase

Many Obama-era policies are keeping numbers low in smaller cities. But the new data comes in the wake of a GOP budget that does little to bolster affordable housing.

What the Republican Tax Bill Means for Commuters, Renters, and Retirees

The most serious effects of the House and Senate proposals would unfold over years for urban citizens.

A Solemn Memorial Sparks a Feud Between Sister Cities

San Francisco's new monument to "comfort women" has Osaka, Japan, threatening to end a decades-long relationship.