Benjamin Schneider

Benjamin Schneider

Benjamin Schneider is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

From the Ruins of a Retail Meltdown, Post-Industrial Playgrounds Emerge

While its shuttered department stores cause headaches around the U.S., Sears’s massive 1920s warehouses represent a triumph of post-industrial urbanism.

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How Google Can Help San Jose Become a Model of Inclusive Urbanism

A new Google campus in San Jose will be a chance for the tech giant to pioneer a more equitable form of urban development—and regain public goodwill.

Is This Red, White, and Blue Elephant Worth Saving?

Illinois politicians agree that Chicago’s Thompson Center should be replaced. Architects and preservationists beg to differ, and a new documentary presents their case.

The Social Network That Helps Planners Understand Pedestrians and Cyclists

Long neglected in transportation planning, popular jogging and biking routes are getting more attention thanks to new data collected by Strava.

D.C. Gives Uber and Lyft a Better Spot in Nightlife

In a popular bar area, the District wants to see what happens when it removes parking spaces to make room for ride-hailing services.

Alphabet Announces Plan to Turn Toronto Neighborhood into Living Laboratory

The development is the company's first foray into what it has described as "rebuilding cities from the Internet up.”

In 'The Mayor,' Populism Goes to City Hall

The new ABC comedy about a rapper turned mayor flips the mirror back on coastal America in the Trump era.

In 'Neo Yokio,' Dystopia Looks All Too Real

The new Netflix show depicts New York City's problems in their most extreme, playfully modeling how the city shouldn’t be.

The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities

The federal government spends $7.6 billion a year paying people to drive to work, and it’s making traffic and pollution worse. Here’s how some cities are fighting back.

How Park(ing) Day Went Global

One tiny DIY parklet became a model for reclaiming streets around the world.

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The Ultimate List of Top Contenders for Amazon's HQ2

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

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Mapping the Mass Exodus From Florida by Land, Sea, and Sky

Here’s how residents of Miami-Dade County are fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma.

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Lab Report: How Seattle Reacted to Amazon's 'HQ2'

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Mapping the Ebb and Flow of Transit Around the World

Who knew transit timetables could be so zen?

A Small Town's Adventures in Tactical Urbanism

A weekend-long experiment in Barberton, Ohio, showed residents how they can benefit from human-centered urban design.

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What Will It Take to Fix San Jose's Housing Crisis?

The city has an ambitious plan to build more homes, but it’s not set up for success just yet.

Visualize the Path of the Eclipse With Live Traffic Data

On Google Maps, a mass migration in progress.

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Snapchat's Foray Into the Future of Maps

The app’s newest feature combines two major trends in modern cartography: mapping life in real time, and mapping subjective, emotional information.

A Glorious Infographic of North America's Transit Fleets

Check out these meticulously detailed infographics of every public transportation mode in 24 major cities.

Air Conditioning Is Menacing the Soul of the Pacific Northwest

In a region known for its kindly climate, residents are being forced to adapt to unfamiliar extremes

Do Driverless Cars Need Their Own Roads Around Manhattan?

A concept for AV expressways promises to reduce travel times, but falls into an old trap of car-centric planning.