Alastair Boone

Alastair Boone

Alastair Boone is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

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.

People arrive at Hoboken Terminal to commute to New York City.

Why Are Millennials Leaving New Jersey?

Jersey’s supply of compact, mixed-use neighborhoods is limited, and Millennials are noticing.

On the Trail of the Turducken

In Maurice, Louisiana, it’s time to make turkey-stuffed-with-duck-stuffed-with-chicken.

In City Hall, Women Make History

More women are on track to be elected mayor in the top 100 cities than ever before—in some major cities, for the first time. But not before overcoming some major hurdles.

The City Policy Initiatives on the Ballot Tuesday

Voters in U.S. cities will weigh in on drugs, partying, renting, and rooftop gardening. Their decisions could have national implications.

Here Are the Cities Standing Up for Women's Health

Urban areas are battling state and federal authorities over reproductive rights, and some are doing better than others.  

The Geography of Mass Shootings

Since 1982, mass shootings have spared few regions of America.

Motel 6 Is Probably Not the Only Company Tipping Off Immigration Agents

“It calls into question how far ICE can go, or how far private entities can go with ICE.”

Amazon's Seattle headquarters is pictured.

The Ultimate List of Top Contenders for Amazon's HQ2

We sorted through the longshots and likely contenders so you don’t have to.

The Problem With a Florida Sheriff's Calls for People to Turn Themselves in Before Irma

One Florida county is using the impending storm warnings to enforce outstanding warrants.

The Overlooked Cities of the Rust Belt

The smaller cities in America’s industrial heartland have a unique set of challenges, according to a new study—but they also have advantages.

As Trump Comes to Town, Phoenix Mayor Amplifies His Unusual Plea to Postpone

Greg Stanton says his police are prepared to work overtime. But that is not without a cost to the city.

Why Are Teen Pregnancy Programs Getting Cut?

An Obama-era program to lower the teen birthrate, widely considered a success, is losing its funding, and public health officials demand to know why.

The Sounds of Protest Are Getting Louder

Why an artist from the U.K. is mapping the din of dissent.

Protestors outside of Governor Andrew Cuomo's office in New York.

There's New Research Behind the Contention that Airbnb Raises Rents

A preliminary analysis of 100 U.S. metro areas suggests Airbnb bears at least some responsibility for soaring housing costs.

The Power of American Mayors to Resist Trump's Transgender Military Ban

A Trump administration official dared local electeds to stand up against the ban. They did.