Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is CityLab’s West Coast bureau chief. She also writes MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles magazine, and beyond.

a photo of Democratic presidential candidates before the second night of debate in Miami.

We Mapped Every Place Mentioned by the Democratic Candidates

From candidate hometowns to international crisis spots, here are all the cities mentioned by Democratic presidential contenders at this week’s debates.

San Francisco’s Former ‘Night Minister’ Is an Ardent Housing Advocate

A short documentary reveals how a spiritual leader walks his faith by night in a city gripped with homelessness.

A rendering of Quayside, the waterfront development now being planned for Toronto.

A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City

Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it’s a lot bigger.

a photo of a highway

Americans Are Spending Billions on Bad Highway Expansions

PIRG’s annual list of “highway boondoggles” includes nine transportation projects that will cost a total of $25 billion while driving up emissions.

MapLab: Opportunities for Error

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

A photo of a Google employee on a bicycle.

How Far Will Google’s Billion-Dollar Bay Area Housing Plan Go?

The single largest commitment by a private employer to address the Bay Area’s acute affordable housing crisis is unique in its focus on land redevelopment.

a photo of Denver city council member Candi CdeBaca

A Freeway Fight Launched Denver’s New Queer Latina Councilmember

In a progressive shake-up, 32-year-old community organizer Candi CdeBaca will take her advocacy work to the city council.  

A map of apartment searches in the U.S.

Where America’s Renters Want to Move Next

A new report that tracks apartment searches between U.S. cities reveals the moving aspirations of a certain set of renters.

A photo of a enforcement official at a municipal building that was the scene of a mass shooting on May 31 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Hard Questions About Staying Safe in City Hall

After the Virginia Beach shooting, cities struggle with providing security for municipal employees while still welcoming the public they serve.

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebirth of 100 Resilient Cities

Internal communications shed new light on the Rockefeller Foundation’s decision to stop funding the global climate nonprofit, and hint at what might come next.

MapLab: Underwater Worlds

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

A photo of Amsterdam streets.

How to Cut 10,000 Parking Spaces Without Anyone Complaining

A new short film celebrates bike-friendly Amsterdam’s no-drama strategy for eliminating car parking: “It’s not a big deal here.”

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Protected Bike Lanes Are Safer for Drivers, Too

A comprehensive study of crash and street design data from 12 cities finds that roads with protected bike lanes make both cycling and driving safer.

a photo of a test vehicle from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, in Pittsburgh.

Why Aren’t Cities Getting Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?

Self-driving vehicle technology may be coming, but most city leaders aren’t doing much to anticipate our robot-car future, a new study warns.

Elon Musk’s $49 Million Las Vegas Loop Makes Perfect Sense—for Las Vegas

The Boring Company will develop an underground “people mover” for the Las Vegas Convention Center that’s more marketing flash than public transit.

MapLab: How Game of Thrones Got Mappy

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

a photo of a police line barricade in front of a sidewalk

What We Fight About When We Fight About Parking

The urban economist Donald Shoup collects reports of violence that erupts over parking spaces. To him, disputes between drivers are signs of a bigger problem.

a photo of a Dodge Challenger

The ‘Airbnb of Cars’ Gets Heat From the Rental Car Industry

Peer-to-peer sharing services that let owners rent out their vehicles are a focus of concern from traditional car rental companies, who see disruption ahead.

a photo of Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio's SUV Habit Is Something American Voters Can Relate To

Inside New York City, the mayor's insistence on driving to the gym is maddening. But national voters would probably give him a pass.

a screenshot of an Uber map

The Uber-Transit Convergence Arrives in Denver

The ride-hailing giant once called public transportation a threat to its growth. But in one city, it’s joining forces.