Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. Her work also appears in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

MapLab: Cartography Is Contagious

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

To Measure the 'Uber Effect,' Cities Get Creative

Ride-hailing companies are cagey on all-important trip data. So researchers are finding clever workarounds.

Net Neutrality and the Driverless Future

Tech and transportation are now traveling the same (cellular) wavelength.

When a Tech Giant Plays Waterfront Developer

A "smart city" in Toronto might be a smart real-estate play for Sidewalk Labs. And for the public?

How To Survive a Bomb Cyclone

Don’t get frozen in action when the cold snap hits, East Coast.

Mapping the Landscape of Net Neutrality

Internet users with the fewest options may lose the most from the FCC’s decision.

13 Maps That Explain 2017

The year's biggest stories in maps—and a few of the best maps, in stories.

The New $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Could Pressure Struggling Cities

Trump’s big investment plan will be revealed in January. Here’s what to expect.

Don't Bother Reading Past This Headline, Holiday Travelers

The traffic will only be getting worse. Here’s what AAA, Inrix, and Waze have to say about avoiding Christmas jams.

How to Fix New York City's 'Unsustainable' Traffic Woes

First step: Acknowledge that ride-hailing apps are jamming streets worse than ever.

The French City That Shocked Citizens By Making Transit Free

Even though fares pay for a fraction of transit’s total cost in Dunkirk, free buses seemed like magic.

An Amtrak train on its maiden voyage from Seattle to Portland derailed above Interstate 5 on Monday.

Passenger Rail Has an Accountability Problem

The fatal derailment in Washington is the latest reminder of how the U.S. gives train passengers short shrift.

A Catastrophic Train Derailment in Washington State

Three are dead following the deadly accident on the opening morning of Amtrak’s rerouted, faster Cascades line near Tacoma.

How Two Mayors Think Locally and Act Globally

Local leaders like Eric Garcetti have always juggled a lot. Now they’ve got the world on their shoulders.

When Density Isn't Greener

A new study challenges some widely held assumptions about urban and suburban development.

MapLab: The Fire Starting in Alabama

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

To Fight 'Bikelash,' Get Your Boss to Back Protected Lanes

“It’s such a simple ask,” said one campaigner who did it in London in 2014. “Say ‘I have a right to get to work safely.’”

Los Angeles Is Burning, Again and Again

In movies, L.A. is always getting its comeuppance. But now it's not the only city defying nature.

What the Republican Tax Bill Means for Commuters, Renters, and Retirees

The most serious effects of the House and Senate proposals would unfold over years for urban citizens.

When Millionaires Squabble Over a Private Street, There Are No Winners

The ongoing saga of Presidio Terrace is just depressing all around.

Columbus Now Says 'Smart' Rides for Vulnerable Moms Are Coming

The city has revised the project portfolio of its $50 million “smart city” grant, weeks after a CityLab report spotlighted a fading commitment to address infant mortality.