As the debate over electric scooters and safety continues, Bird is trying to tap the power of the selfie to encourage riders to don protective headgear.
Also: The future of the street light might be in the past, and a London funeral home gives death a style makeover.
Also: Ride-hailing cars are turning into high-tech billboards, and Berlin wants to freeze rents for 5 years.
Also: My fight with a sidewalk robot, and the three personalities of America, mapped.
Also: Holland aims to bring back its starry nights, and why is California approving so many new oil wells?
Also: How the disappearing towns of Japan struggle to survive, and what’s behind the wave of urban protests?
Also: How advertising conquered urban space, and AOC and Bernie Sanders have a plan to decarbonize U.S. public housing.
Under Trump, an Obama-era transportation grant program designed to fund innovative multi-modal projects became a rural highway-building machine.
Also: The Paris Metro is full, and how Ronald Reagan halted the early anti-gentrification movement.
Also: How cities and states can stop the incentives madness, and reviving the utopian dreams of Tony Garnier.
As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results.
Also: How Seattle’s city council race became the Amazon election, and how communities can build psychological resilience to disaster.
Also: The changing demographics of America’s suburbs, and the slave revolt reenactment taking over New Orleans.
Also: Smashing the great pumpkin-waste problem, and California’s wildfires are not a morality tale.
Also: The sum of all 2020 Census fears, and how airline deregulation contributed to America’s regional inequality.
Also: How “Blade Runner” and sci-fi made everything dystopian, and Donald Trump was never a real New Yorker.
Also: The particular creativity of dense urban neighborhoods, and how Helsinki built “book heaven.”
Also: It’s getting riskier to bike and walk after dark, and America has a Halloween costume equity gap.
Also: Uber’s beef with Los Angeles is bigger than data, and urban and suburban lifestyles are more similar than you think.
At CityLab DC, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl described how playing in bands changed his life—and what cities can do to cultivate their scenes.