David Dudley

David Dudley

David Dudley is the executive editor of CityLab. He is the former editor in chief of Urbanite magazine and a former features editor for AARP: The Magazine.

What CityLab Looks Like Now

Bigger images, fewer ads—and a recommitment to telling a very important story.

Today: Homeless in America

Why we’re sharing stories about homelessness today.

When Will Bikes Rule the City?

CityLab explores the ever-changing role of the bicycle, the machine that makes cities better.  

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CityLab's Essential Transit Tunes

We’re looking for the best songs about subways, buses, streetcars, and trains.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

This week: Stories about the sort-of-secrets of the city.  

Snowstorm Mayors: Don't Blow This

As history shows, failing to deal with post-storm clean-up can doom city leaders.

The Problem With 'Kong'

The latest big gorilla romp is full of spectacle and explosions, but it’s missing something very important.

To Live and Die in Margaritaville

Behold the first dad-rock-branded retirement city.

Ride Angry

The best thing about bicycle commuting is the rage.

Left Behind

A week of stories about what we squander, discard, and fritter away: Welcome to the Wastelands.

Mary Tyler Moore, Queen of the City

Her show—and the shows her production company created—helped define what American cities looked like on TV in the 1970s.

The Uncanny Power of a City Without Cars

Europe’s largest pedestrian-only urban space is also one of its most fragile. But Venice may hold lessons for other cities struggling to adapt to a changing world.

Drawing the Lines

A week of stories about borders, real and imagined.

Last Exit to Pottersville

What the 1946 Christmas movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ says about small-town America in 2016.

Enlisting Bikes In the Fight Against Inequality

Liz Cornish of the bicycle advocacy group Bikemore talks about how bike infrastructure can help solve a host of woes in Baltimore.

Cincinnati Has a Streetcar Problem

After a strong start, the city’s new system is experiencing some growing pains.

The Joy and Terror of Urban Snow Driving

Most Americans don’t bother with snow tires. Here’s your annual reminder that sometimes you really need them.

Behold This Huge Interactive Map of D.C.'s Historic Buildings

It took the city’s office of historic preservation more than 15 years to make, covers 127,000 buildings, and it’s still not quite finished.

Why Don't You Need a Bicycle License?

Short answer: Because it’s pointless and expensive. But that hasn’t stopped a few intrepid cities from trying.