Andrew Small

Andrew Small

Andrew Small is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. and a former editorial fellow at CityLab.

We Rode the Copenhagen Wheel

The smart electric conversion is a lot of fun, but is it really the best e-bike for the city?

An illustration of cars and bicycles on a street grid

The Definitive Rules of the Road for Urban Cyclists

We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.

For Urban Preservationists, Six Big Saves

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new list of the most endangered places in the U.S. looks back at 30 years of going to bat for buildings in need.

Why Do Autocracies Build Taller Skyscrapers?

Short answer: Because they can!

Visualizing Entrepreneurial Networks Via Twitter

To identify business connections across cities, researchers gathered tweets and retweets using the hashtags #smallbiz and #entrepreneur.

Mapping the Modern Transformation of New York City

The New York City Comptroller’s office has a trove of data comparing neighborhood change from 2000 to 2015. We mapped it.

The Self-Driving Dilemma

Autonomous vehicles could spark a cleaner, cheaper urban mobility revolution—or they could make it tougher to combat sprawl, congestion, and climate change.

The Gentrification of Gotham

A new report from the New York City Comptroller’s office compares economic and demographic profiles at the neighborhood level in the Big Apple from 2000 and 2015.

When Cars Fly

The flying cars that we’ve been dreaming about for decades are not here yet, and we already have very unreasonable expectations.

The Secret Lives of Speakeasies

Decades before Prohibition, the unlicensed saloons of Pittsburgh flouted state liquor laws, fomented social movements, and started a national trend.

Why Housing Policy Should Be Health Policy

The features of urban decay can have a powerful effect on the overall wellness of a community. But these health impacts are often left relatively unexamined.

The Ultimate 2016 Presidential Election Map?

An amateur cartographer at Washington State University took on the huge task of gathering precinct voting data.

How Fast Food Cornered the Urban Market

Small business loans backed by the federal government helped the Golden Arches and its rivals conquer the city.

Can the Great Lakes Shake Off the Rust?

The decline of manufacturing in the Rust Belt is more recent than we think, and jobs are slowly returning. But the region desperately needs a youth revival to balance national population trends.

How to Make Urban Highways Vanish

Thanks to this free open-source mapping tool, you can digitally demolish your city’s loathed urban expressways and reveal what lies beneath.

We Rode an Ikea Bike

There’s some assembly required for the Swedish company’s new commuter bicycle, Sladda. Can it handle the rigors of the American city?

Do Cities Need a Political Movement?

Richard Schragger argues that urban areas will need to work together to flex their might in national politics.

When Cities Went Electric

You might know about Tesla vs. Edison. In cities, it was Edison vs. Westinghouse.

Austin (Briefly) Gets a No-Frills Private Bike Share

A San Francisco startup, Spin, debuted a station-free bike share in Austin. Is it the next big thing or are they just spinning their wheels?

Can D.C's Homeless Live in Discarded Subway Cars?

Visionary architect Arthur Cotton Moore’s latest idea: an affordable housing project built out of old Metro cars.