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.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (left) talks to the Atlantic's Steve Clemons.

L.A. Mayor Says Infrastructure Needs to Be Funded for Life

If Eric Garcetti were president, he says he’d be a maintainer.

Mervat Al-Mherat, the city manager and deputy for health and agricultural affairs for Amman

Stress Is a Public Health Concern, Too

In Amman, Jordan, officials want to look to underlying causes to address high smoking rates.

Cities Are Thinking and Acting Globally, Says Paris Mayor

Anne Hidalgo did not mince words when it came to Donald Trump’s climate policies.

The Ride-Hailing Effect: More Cars, More Trips, More Miles

A comprehensive survey in major U.S. cities finds Uber and Lyft aren’t living up to climate-friendly promises.

How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America

Who’s left behind in shrinking towns? For better or for worse, a constituency for transit.

What Do Houston's Pro-Growth Boosters Think Now?

Despite the historic flooding, Hurricane Harvey hasn’t changed their tune on zoning.

Why Gas-Efficient Cars Can't Save the Climate

New research reveals an unintended consequence of a signature policy of the Obama era.

The End of Anything-Goes Las Vegas?

Sunday’s mass shooting will test how a city built on carefree behavior balances privacy and security.

A Tool to Track All the Mobility Modes

How easy is it to get around your part of town? Check the MobilityScore.

Enough With the Streetcars Already

Pricey downtown streetcars like Detroit’s QLine underperform as transit—and can undermine overall mobility. But that isn’t stopping city after city from building new lines.

Amazon's HQ2 Hunt Is a Transit Reckoning

There are smart ways to overhaul trains and buses, and not-so-smart.

An App For Democratizing Street Design

So far, tech companies have been determining how driverless cars will fit into the grid. ReStreet invites you to weigh in.

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.