Henry Grabar

Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.   

A row of Victorian homes in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco's Civil War Over Affordable Housing

The country’s most expensive rental market grapples with high rents, homelessness, and the politics of Bay Area tenant activism.

A girl stands with her arm around a parking meter in Los Angeles.

To Fight Climate Change, Cities Need to Battle Cars

It sounds obvious. But it requires changing the way we build.

More Americans Are Going Hungry in the Suburbs

As poverty and hunger spread, charities must figure out how to serve dispersed pockets of need.

What Became of America's Water-Cure Towns?

The 19th-century craze for “taking the waters” produced hundreds of spa towns across America. Many fell on hard times. Now some are looking to revive.

Humans of Geneva

A project by the Swiss city captures the diversity of its residents in beautiful, candid photos.

Your Next Uber Driver May Be a Retiree

Contrary to stereotypes, seniors are a natural fit for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

More and More Towns Are Falling in Love With Golf Carts

From the Atlanta suburbs to Palm Springs, golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) are increasingly found off the links.

Can the 'Godfather' of New Louisville Revive One More Neighborhood?

Gill Holland pulled off a stunning success in Louisville's East Market area. Now he wants to do it again, across town in Portland.

Part Land Bank, Part Community-Focused Credit Line

Denver's Urban Land Conservancy aims to put transit-oriented development to work for the greater good.

It's Not Easy Being Green Czar

Matt Petersen is L.A.'s first chief sustainability officer, charged with drafting an ambitious plan for a city grappling with drought.

As Boomers Age, Walkable Cities Become More Important

Millennials and older Americans agree on city accessibility, and the lobbying powerhouse of the AARP is emerging as a key advocate.

Can This Man Bridge Two Disparate D.C. Communities—and a River?

Scott Kratz had a successful career in museum education until he stumbled upon a new calling: building an ambitious, elevated park over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

When Climate Change Has Already Come

The country's first institute of adaptation science will help Norfolk, Virginia, deal with its steadily rising waters.

Design That Makes Dry Regulations Come to Life

Since 1997, the Center for Urban Pedagogy has used graphic design to explain byzantine local policies and processes to New Yorkers.  

The National Champion of Local Business

For nearly two decades, Stacy Mitchell has tried to level a playing field she sees as tilted toward big retail.

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.

The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail

Can new train service between Miami and Orlando be a model for the rest of the country?

Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?

In a city where nine in ten drive to work, the answer could reshape the future.

Love in a Time of Public Transportation

Valentine's Day at the New York City Transit Museum's missed connections party.

The Lost Excitement, Pathos, and Beauty of the Railroad Timetable

An elegy for the paper symbol of the mechanical age.

How Melbourne Is Selling Commercial Property Owners on Green Retrofits

The city's 1,200 Buildings program has been cited as a model.