Krutika Pathi

Krutika Pathi

Krutika Pathi is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

Mack Donohue, who has been homeless since 2008, carries his belongings into a shelter in Boston, Massachusetts February 27, 2015.

Rethinking Homeless Shelters From the Ground Up

One nonprofit wants to reward results, and change the funding model in the process.

8th graders at Emiliano Zapata Academy pen down letters to kids at Amundsen High School.

Student Pen-Pals Anthologize Their Lives in a Divided Chicago

Collected in a new book, a series of dispatches between Chicago teens spotlights conversations that look beyond their differences.

A sign in front of sunflowers with a busy intersection in the background

Creating a Better Community Through Text Messages

As cities make their data more transparent and accountable, this project in New York found one way to use technology to engage the residents in the planning process—by prompting locals to text in ideas.

Ruth, 35 years old, has been working with flowers since she arrived to the United States at the age of 18. She works in a flower truck on the corner of White Plains Road and Story Avenue with her 3 sons and others.

A Neighborhood Look at Immigrant Life

These photos, taken by middle- and high-school students, reveal glimpses of the contributions immigrants make in their community in the South Bronx.

Ivan Fransuzov, the postman of Great Dervent, stamps papers in an office.

Can Refugees Bring This Bulgarian Town Back From the Brink?

A new documentary, The Good Postman, dives into local electoral politics and reflects back a much larger, more global dialogue around the refugee crisis.

People apply sunscreen while sitting on the steps next to the Astoria Park Pool in New York.

More Cities Are Doubling Down on Free Sunscreen

A public health campaign is partnering with local officials to bring down skin cancer rates by installing dispensers around public pools and beaches.

A view of a grid station of a coal-fired power plant of Essar Power is pictured in Salaya village in the western state of Gujarat, India, October 4, 2016.

Will India Ever Need Another Coal Plant?

The country’s energy infrastructure is changing rapidly as solar prices plummet.

Documenting the Charismatic Streets of Post-War New York

An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York revisits Todd Webb’s fond lens on Manhattan.

A monument defender returned to his vehicle to collect ammunition after he heard that a group of protestors had a gun pulled on them near the Jefferson Davis statue.

The Clash Over Confederate Monuments in New Orleans Is Intensifying

Photojournalist Abdul Aziz is on the ground as demonstrations escalate.

A man carries plastic bags filled with food through the snow.

Chicago Is Making a Case for a Tax on Plastic Bags

New research shows that an added charge is nudging consumer habits.

A man wearing a respirator walks toward an office building amid smog in Beijing.

Is China's Latest Major Construction Project Destined to Be a Ghost Town?

The Xiongan New Area has been positioned as the cure for Beijing’s rising sprawl and congestion. But will it really be a workable solution, or just a new host to existing problems?

A constructed fence featuring a range of paintings and art

Can a Walled-Off Museum Actually Make Art More Accessible?

While the Philadelphia Museum of Art undergoes some serious construction, a design firm has come up with a beautifully clever solution to hide it: a 450-foot wall decorated with replicated works.

A riverfront park project in downtown Nashville

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners

This new online resource showcases how communities across the country have successfully mitigated the effects of extreme weather by relying on green infrastructure.

Google's Street View cars are sniffing out methane leaks.

Google Street View Is Helping Scientists Spot Methane Leaks

In a new collaboration, the tech giant is sniffing out emissions in a handful of American cities.

This Map Shows When Female Workers in Each State Will Achieve Equal Pay

Women workers in some U.S. states might not achieve wage equality until the 22nd century, new research suggests.

Photographing the Souls of Megacities

This photographer embarked on a quest to commemorate the human sides of 22 bustling cities.

What Can Our Bones Reveal About Urbanization?

The archeologist and author Brenna Hassett explains how cities shaped our skeletons.

The Ontario Shoreline, Remade for Winter

A Toronto design competition invites an unlikely urban activity—going to the beach during the chilly off-season.

Teen Hunger Is Still Overlooked

A new working paper examines how poor U.S. families make tough decisions about stretching limited food.

Tiny Libraries, Big Ideas

A design challenge asked architects, book enthusiasts, and doodlers to rethink the little free library.

The Personal Lives of Forgotten Trinkets

A photographer explores the emotional connections of mementos that change hands at Dallas estate sales.