Karim Doumar

Karim Doumar

Karim Doumar is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

An eviction notice is posted to a locked door.

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million.

The Architectural Glory of Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters

A new exhibit at the National Building Museum traces the architectural and cultural history of these stunning places killed off by technology and urban renewal.

Giant balloons depicting the Pillsboury Dough Boy and Rex The Happy Dragon fly through Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

What Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Costs New York City

Macy’s is famously tight-lipped about the parade’s price tag, but for NYPD and locals trying to get around, the costs can add up.

The Forgotten Remnants of Route 66

Photographer Edward Keating captures the history of Route 66 over the decades as towns along "the mother road" have fallen into disrepair and obscurity.

The charred remnants of a building in Paradise, California, destroyed by the Camp Fire.

How California Cities Can Tackle Wildfire Prevention

Wildfires like Camp and Tubbs are blazing with greater intensity and frequency, due to factors including climate change and urban sprawl. How can cities stay safe?

Columbia University's Low Library

Rediscover the Gilded Age’s Most Famous Architects

McKim, Mead & White, Selected Works 1879-1915 highlights the nation’s defining classical structures from the late 19th century.

Flames engulf a house and car in Paradise, California.

Photos: Wildfires Are Decimating California Cities

Northern California’s Camp Fire has destroyed thousands of homes and claimed many lives. Meanwhile, the Southern California Woolsey Fire has left much of Malibu under mandatory evacuation.

A young refugee looks away as her parents usher her onwards in a line of refugees fleeing Mosul, Iraq.

The Worldwide Refugee Crisis Is Playing Out In Global South Cities

More refugees than ever are resettling in urban areas—particularly in the developing world. The humanitarian sector needs to support these cities.

Cities Will Bear the Brunt of Trump’s Aid Cuts to Palestine

In the course of a few months, the United States suddenly pulled hundreds of millions of dollars in aid. What does that mean for urban Palestinians?

A Storm-Resilient Park in Queens

By replacing Long Island City’s industrial waterfront with native grasses, Hunters Point South Park stands ready to withstand any storm surge.

A Nocturnal Facelift for Chicago’s Merchandise Mart

A new projected video art display on the 2.5 acre facade of theMART will bring light and color to the city’s skyline two hours a day, five days a week, 10 months a year.

The Concrete of Hong Kong

What happens when you take the paint and neon out of the megacity? Pascal Greco’s stark photos reveal a harshly built environment.

Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan's Columbus Circle

Goodbye, Columbus Day

How cities turned against a controversial holiday.  

Making Space For Indigenous Cultures

An artist contemplates Mayan life in the face of a U.S. architectural icon that fails to truly represent it.

Photos: Hurricane Florence Turned Roads Into Rivers

Rainfall and flooding in the Carolinas reveals highways that aren’t built for increasingly intense storms.

Nuclear Waste scars the landscape outside the Midvale Smelter in Utah.

Photographing America’s Toxic Wastelands

David Hanson’s work from the 1980s shows industrial damage to the American landscape that may never heal.

This is a picture of John McCain's face.

John McCain’s Unlikely Legacy Project in Phoenix

In his final year, the senator worked to revitalize a long-abandoned riverfront project in central Arizona.

This picture shows a few children playing on the swings at a park.

How a New Park Fits Detroit’s Plan to Bring Its Neighborhoods Back

The reuse of over a dozen vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood illustrates the city’s holistic approach to redevelopment outside of downtown.

How Trump Is Targeting California’s Air Pollution Standards

At stake: The state’s half-century-long right to regulate auto emissions.

The Teen Who Wanted to Fix Atlanta’s Noise Pollution Problem

In the 1970s, one local high-school girl went to some of the loudest parts of the city to see just how bad the problem was.

This picture shows the inside of Burlington Station, which now houses a local TV channel.

A Local TV Station’s Preservationist Side

Why KETV in Omaha moved in to the city’s beloved 120-year-old train station.