Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. She also authors MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps that reveal and shape urban spaces (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

WeWork Is the Perfect Manifestation of the Millennial Id

The co-working company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.

The Problem With Just Blaming Amtrak

The fatal derailment in South Carolina is another reminder that passenger rail has a serious accountability problem.

Why Is L.A. Expanding Transit—and Losing Riders?

The city is losing once-loyal lower-income patrons: They’re driving themselves.

MapLab: More to Hide Than You Thought

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

So Much for That Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

The President’s first State of the Union address glossed over much-anticipated details. But cities and states already know what to expect.

The Imperfect Science of Mapping the Flu

As influenza rages across the U.S., scientists labor to develop better health surveillance techniques.

The Incredibly Cheap Street Fix That Saves Lives

Say it with me: Leading pedestrian intervals.

To Care for Aging Bridges, Minnesota Taps the Power of Drones

To ward off infrastructure disaster, state engineers are experimenting with a new technology.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during a tour of a metro rail construction site in downtown Los Angeles.

The White House's Leaked Infrastructure Plan Is a Road Map With Few Details

But what is there might worry cash-strapped U.S. cities.

U.S. Road Safety Laws Lag, While Fatalities Climb

The U.S. traffic mortality rate far outstrips global peers. Here’s how state legislators could intervene.

Could Congestion Pricing Finally Work for New York City?

A fee-based plan may be the only hope for the city’s costly transportation crisis.

The Automotive Liberation of Paris

The city has waged a remarkably successful effort to get cars off its streets and reclaim walkable space. But it didn’t happen overnight.

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.