Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. She also authors MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps that reveal and shape urban spaces (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

A vehicle goes by the scene of Sunday's fatality where a pedestrian was stuck by an Uber vehicle in autonomous mode, in Tempe, Arizona.

Fatal Uber Crash Raises Red Flags About Self-Driving Safety

After a woman in Tempe was killed by a self-driving Uber, local law enforcement was quick to absolve the company of blame. Transportation experts aren’t so sure.

The First Pedestrian Has Been Killed by a Self-Driving Car. Now What?

In Tempe, Arizona, an autonomous Uber struck and killed a woman crossing a street at night. The incident is likely to test the public’s tolerance of AVs on real-world roads.

An 'Instant Bridge' Collapses Near Miami, and Many Questions Remain

Florida International University’s new pedestrian bridge was state-of-the-art. On Thursday, the new span failed, killing six.

MapLab: When Women Map the World

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Amazon Go Might Kill More Than Just Supermarkets

Supermarkets are community anchors. Amazon’s “just walk out” version embodies a disconcerting social transformation.

Design for an accessory dwelling unit in Portland, Oregon

Portland's 'Granny Flats' Get an Affordable Boost

A new startup pays the upfront cost of a backyard dwelling in exchange for some of the rent it generates.

'Stop Killing Kids,' Traffic Safety Advocates Protest

A march in New York City on Monday draws inspiration from the 1970s social movement that changed Dutch street design for good.

The Ticking Time Bomb for Suburban Retail

Lightning-speed deliveries and autonomous cars could accelerate the current big-box implosion.

Lyft Will Offer Free Rides to Anti-Gun Rallies

It’s a savvy move for a company that’s determined to be the ride-hailing choice of a younger generation.

MapLab: Snap by Snap, the Teen-Led Fight For Gun Reform

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

A Ford self-driving delivery vehicle in Miami.

Self-Driving Pizza Just Hit Miami

The automaker Ford is bringing autonomous deliveries from Domino’s and Postmates (plus Lyft rides) to Miami-Dade County.

Eleanor Nuechterlein, 16, hold hands with her mother as they participate in a "die-in" during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.

'We Can't Afford to Be Naive'

Meet two teen gun reformers who are done waiting for politicians to address school shootings.

A Powerful Map Promises to Help Cities Keep Streets Free

When a city’s maps don’t match with Uber or Lyft’s, getting precious trip data can be arduous. SharedStreets thinks it can fix that.

The Attainable Wonders of Wakandan Transit

Why can’t we have the vibranium-powered passenger trains of the Black Panther universe?

How Seattle Is Winning the War on the Car Commute

Despite massive job growth, just 25 percent of workers drove themselves in 2017.

Are Dockless Bikes a Cybersecurity Threat?

The new mobility mode is generating a lot of rider data. It’s fair to ask where it’s likely to end up.

MapLab: No Map Is an Island

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

People get ready to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's recently unveiled infrastructure plan outside of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Let's Stop Calling It a $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Between cuts to Fast Starts, Amtrak, and the Highway Trust Fund, infrastructure spending is in for a $40 to $75 billion net reduction over the next decade.

What the '$1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan' Really Pays For

The White House finally released its long-awaited bill on Monday.

Miami's Beleaguered Metrorail Gets a Real-Time Report Card

“Five-minute headways are what we were promised. But we’re not getting them.”

WeWork Is the Perfect Manifestation of the Millennial Id

The co-working company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.