Aria Bendix

Aria Bendix is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, and a former editorial fellow at CityLab. Her work has appeared on Bustle and The Harvard Crimson.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Why Deadly Chemicals May Linger in Cities Under the EPA's New Administrator

Scott Pruitt remains unconvinced of the dangers of asbestos.

Why Lead Paint Still Haunts Industrial Cities in the U.S.

Decades after the federal government banned consumer uses of lead paint, children are still being poisoned in their own homes.

Where Foam Bans Stand in the Fight for Zero Waste

San Franciscans are clashing over whether to eliminate foam-based items like packing peanuts and egg cartons, or to recycle them.  

7 Infrastructure Myths Perpetuated by Donald Trump

Trump claims to be one of the best “builders” in the U.S.—but there’s a lot he doesn’t seem to understand about urban planning.

Amsterdam's High-Tech Birdhouses Offer Free Wi-Fi in Exchange for Clean Air

TreeWiFi rewards citizens for their efforts to combat pollution.

Paris Shops Are Marking Their Windows for the Homeless

The 11th arrondissement’s many homeless residents now know where to get a free meal or use the restroom.

This 'Airbnb for the Elderly' Could Curb Loneliness in Cities

The Freebird Club hopes to form new networks among isolated older residents.

Boston's Secret Sidewalk Poems Add Some Cheer to Rainy Days

It’s the latest city to make something pretty out of dreary weather.

In a Lonely City, This Group Is Here to Listen

Urban Confessional lends a helping ear to strangers on the street.

To Make Buildings More Sustainable, Put Water Pipes on the Outside

A design model from two Carnegie Mellon students couples environmental conservation with a striking aesthetic.

How Flint Citizens Are Working Together to Save Their Community

A conversation with Laura Sullivan, a professor and community advocate picking up the pieces as Flint continues to crumble.

Your Newest Reminder of the Wage Gap Is an Alarm Clock

The 79% Work Clock chimes to alert employees of the persistent pay gap in the U.S.

A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future

A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America.

London Underground Riders Aren't Happy With This New Escalator Rule

For the next six months, passengers at Holborn station will be asked to stand on both sides.

The Working Poor Can't Afford New York City Transit

Discounted MetroCards would provide affordable transit access to those who need it the most.

America's Newest Monument Celebrates Women's Activism

President Obama has declared the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum a national monument on “Equal Pay Day.”

A New Way to Make Your Desk Lunch a Little Less Sad

This new monthly service helps you beat the midday crowd.

The Reality of New York City Commutes

Despite its extensive transit systems, plenty of New Yorkers still endure long travel times.

This New Airplane Technology Could Finally Prevent Jet Lag

LED lights might be the artificial key to preserving our bodily rhythms.

The Gendered Effects of Part-Time Work

Men are more likely to be penalized for working part-time than women. But the reason for this advantage may still be rooted in sexism.

Is Video Messaging the Future of Home Repair?

A new app lets you chat with your local handyman or plumber in real-time.