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.

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.  

When the City Sells Your Street

The San Francisco millionaires who had their street bought by real-estate investors might not get much sympathy. But when cities sell off real public assets, it's everyone's concern.

How Louisville Is Using GPS to Control Asthma

The Kentucky metro has some of the worst air quality in the country. And it’s crowdsourcing a cure to help its large population of sufferers.

Meet the YouTuber Acidly Satirizing the 'War on Cars'

“Where is Robert Moses when you need him?”

Downtown Columbus Will Buy Bus Rides For 43,000 Workers

Property owners in the Ohio capital's core are rethinking the relationship between cars and jobs.

Older People Will Need Much Better Transit

Transit agencies, take note: For the growing number of Americans over 65, mobility can’t wait.

To Fix the New York City Subway, Fix the Schedule

A forensic transit scientist says the MTA needs timetables its human operators can manage.

The Problem With Honolulu's New Ban on Texting in Crosswalks

Elderly pedestrians die at a higher rate in Honolulu than anywhere else. Their cellphones aren’t the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Urban Health Has Dodged a Bullet

Funding to fight lead poisoning, opioid addiction, and chronic disease could have vanished with the “skinny repeal” of the ACA.

Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Has New Reason for Skepticism

A lawsuit now alleges the president’s advisory council was convened illegally.

5 Ways to Seriously Battle Traffic

So long as cars are among us, road pricing, ramp meters, and diamond-shaped intersections can mitigate horrendous commutes, a new video explains.

5 Reasons to Be Wary of Elon Musk's Hyperloop

High-speed vactrains might be the ticket for a Martian colony. As a practical transit investment for Earth, the technology has a long way to go.