Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation and technology. She also authors MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles magazine, and beyond.

MapLab: San Francisco at Scale

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Atlanta’s Big Transit Vote Is a Referendum on Race

As suburban Gwinnett County weighs a MARTA expansion, changing demographics and politics may decide the Georgia capital's transportation future.

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Watch Bike Advocates Vent About the Silliest Anti-Bike Lane Arguments

A new video from Streetfilms assembles the most head-scratching attacks employed by bike-lane foes, such as: Don’t let the terrorists win!

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The Hot New Thing in Dockless Electric Scooters: Docks

Cities are desperate to tame the sidewalk chaos of the e-scooter industry. One startup offers a solar-powered parking solution.

MapLab: Zooming Into Segregation

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

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Should AOC's Public Transportation Choices Matter?

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire for using cars instead of the subway. Some of those critics are right.

To Build a Better Bus Lane, Just Paint It

“Red carpet” bus lanes can be a cheap, fast, and effective way to smooth commutes for public transit users and drivers alike.

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Las Vegas Gambles on a 'Smart City' Technology Makeover

The casino mecca is piloting countless new technologies in public spaces in a bid to boost its smart-city brand. Worrying about the risks will come later.  

Critics Vow to Block Sidewalk Labs' Controversial Smart City in Toronto

In an echo of the Amazon HQ2 backlash in Queens, Canadian foes of Alphabet’s city-building arm have organized a campaign against the Quayside development.

Mapping the Growing Gap Between Job Seekers and Employers

Mapping job openings with available employees in major U.S. cities reveals a striking spatial mismatch, according to a new Urban Institute report.

MapLab: Invisible Trespassers

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

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If the Economy Is So Great, Why Are Car Loan Defaults at a Record High?

For low-income buyers, new predatory lending techniques may make it easier to get behind the wheel, and harder to escape a debt trap.

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Think of California High-Speed Rail as an $11 Billion Streetcar

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to complete only a Central Valley segment of the rail link risks turning the transportation project into an economic development tool.

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It Might Be Lights Out for Wisconsin’s ‘Dark Store’ Tax Loophole

Walmart, Target, and other big-box retailers around the U.S. are deploying “dark store theory” to slash property taxes. Now the state at the center of this fiscal threat may take action.

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As the Planet Warms, Who Should Get to Drive?

A new study argues that “universal car access” could lift more Americans out of poverty.

MapLab: Which Way North?

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes the Micromobility Revolution

At a Bay Area summit devoted to electric scooters and other new mobility devices, fans evangelized about the potential of technology. But safety was an afterthought.

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Uber Wants to Be Your One-Stop Transit Stop

The ride-hailing app launches its first integration with public transportation options in Denver.

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Federal Transit Funding Is on Track to Dry Up in 2021. Yes, Cities Are Worried.

The gas tax hasn’t budged since 1992, and highway trust fund is running on fumes. Could a Green New Deal pushed by Congress be a fix?

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Another Study Blames Uber and Lyft for Public Transit’s Decline

Ride-hailing services drive down bus and rail ridership in urban markets, a new University of Kentucky paper claims.

MapLab: The Internet Is a Metaphor

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.