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photo: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks to reporters on June 1, after a weekend of widespread protests against police violence.

What Mayors Are Saying About the George Floyd Protests

As demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd spread across the U.S., city leaders offered a range of responses to the unrest.

The Skyline-Shaping Architecture of César Pelli

The Argentine architect, who has died at age 92, created striking projects like the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

How I. M. Pei Shaped the Modern City

The architect, who died yesterday at the age of 102, designed iconic modern buildings on prominent sites around the world. Here are some that delight and confound CityLab.

Crowds take in a concert on the newly redesigned grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

2018 Was the Year of the Aspirational Park

Private funding and high-impact design were recurring themes of parks that opened in 2018. So was the hope that parks can unite, repair, and invigorate cities.

Our Best (and Worst) Roommate Stories

As college kids head back to school, it’s time to consider the joys and horrors of sharing your living space.

Which Celebrity Should Voice Your City's Transit Announcements?

Seth Rogen is now the voice of public transit in Vancouver and Toronto. We’re nominating these stars do the same thing in other cities.

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What to Buy Your Friends and Enemies at D.C. Metro's Gift Shop

Maybe it’s a one-stop shop for fans of urban graphic design. Maybe it’s a wish for something more. Either way, the swag is something to see.

The Year in City Resistance

Across the policy spectrum, cities stepped in as a viable alternative to the agenda of Donald Trump.

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Your Entire City Is an Instagram Playground Now

CityLab’s guide to the #GrammableCity.

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Books That Influenced Us in 2017

CityLab writers and editors share the titles that made an impact on us and our work this year.

Ed Lee's Legacy

San Francisco’s first Asian American mayor died Tuesday, leaving behind a broad legacy of liberalism—and fraught compromises with the tech industry—on housing, education, the environment, and immigration.

12 Other U.S. Mayors Who Did Decide to Resign

Ed Murray joins this list of U.S. mayors who stepped down in just the last few years over alleged improper behavior.