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 magazine, GOOD, the L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

Rural California Awaits Its 'Uber'

Armed with a Tesla and a lot of community spirit, a tiny farm town embraces a different kind of ride-sharing.

Portland Prepares for the Freeway Fight of the Century

A grass-capped highway expansion in a gentrifying neighborhood? Sounds familiar.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hold a sign reading "Cities4Climate" in front of a waterway and apartments

How Trump Is Helping the Politics of Local Climate Action

On the first day of Climate Week, mayors from around the world are reasserting pledges to deliver on the Paris agreement.

Carpooling Is Totally Coming Back This Time, We Swear

New Census numbers suggest shared rides are on the rise in major U.S. cities.

MTA bus driver patches.

An Encyclopedia of New York City Transit Design

Tickets, patches, maps, and timetables: a new book presents 150 years of Helvetica-heavy subway artifacts.  

No gas today: A South Florida gas station in the aftermath of high winds brought on by Hurricane Irma.

Why Florida Ran Out of Gas

Fuel shortages linked to the two recent hurricanes hindered evacuation and now recovery, highlighting our dependency on a fragile resource.

Where Is the App for Escaping a Hurricane?

As Irma descends on Florida, ride-seekers confront a problem Silicon Valley has neglected to solve.

America's Loneliest Town Is Searching for a Match

It's four hours to the nearest airport, three hours to Walmart, and there's no high-speed internet. But this tiny mining town is still determined to join the 21st century.

How Transit Can Speed Houston's Recovery

Yes, the city does have a mass transit system. And it will need it.

When Cities Won't Protect Bike Lanes, 'Human Bollards' Step Up

From Idaho to Ireland, cyclists are linking arms to protest inadequate cycling infrastructure.  

The Disasters We Refuse to Imagine

A catastrophe like Hurricane Harvey was long predicted for Houston. But to live next to a dam and never fathom a breach is not a uniquely Texan brand of magical thinking.

The Evacuation That Wasn't

For Houston residents facing flooded highways in Hurricane Harvey, there was nowhere to go.

A worker inspects solar panels northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province.

Charting the Planet's Path to 100% Renewable Energy

A speedy transition to wind, water, and solar could avert catastrophic climate change. For the 139 countries that backed the Paris agreement, it’s within reach.

On the Road to Totality

In Idaho Falls, traffic is light and the Great American Eclipse crowds are giddy.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange Is Coming to a Road Near You

Drivers may be baffled by these newfangled intersections, but they’re safer than traditional four-way stops.

Times Square, 1970.

The New York That Belonged to the City

Hyper-gentrification turned renegade Manhattan into plasticine playground. Can the city find its soul again?

President Donald Trump speaking at his press conference at Trump Tower.

Trump's Infrastructure Plan Only Has One 'Side'

Trump’s obsession with building big things fast doesn’t seem unrelated to his defense of white supremacists.

New York City Could Finally Try Congestion Pricing

Here’s how a governor-backed plan could win this time around.

DeVon Douglass standing in front of flags

What Makes a 'Resilient' City? For Tulsa's Chief Resilience Officer, It's People

DeVon Douglass defines the murky term in her own words.

The Politics of the Dog Park

Dogs are children for a growing number of Americans—and that’s putting new pressures on pup-friendly space.