Linda Poon

Linda Poon

Linda Poon is an assistant editor at CityLab covering science and urban technology, including smart cities and climate change. She previously covered global health and development for NPR’s Goats and Soda blog.

An fitness instructor leads a indoor running club.

The Rise and Fall of New Year’s Fitness Resolutions, in 5 Charts

The January gym spike is real, but it drops off just a few weeks later, according to data from location and fitness apps.

L.A. Joins the Growing Battle Over Location Data

Los Angeles is taking the Weather Channel to court over its treatment of app users’ location data. Expect that to be one of many such lawsuits in 2019.

A map of Baltimore and its surrounding leafy suburbs.

Every Tree in the City, Mapped

Researchers at Descartes Labs are using artificial intelligence to make a better map of the urban tree canopy.

Tokyo Wants People to Stand on Both Sides of the Escalator

When one side isn't reserved for walkers, it saves time for everyone. But transit users around the world just can’t be convinced.

Can Parkour Teach Older People to ‘Fall Better’?

The sport isn’t just about extreme jumping. It also focuses on balance and agility, which are important for avoiding injury as people age.

A man uses his mobile phone at night near food stalls at a festival in New York.

So You Want to Be a ‘Night Mayor’

As U.S. cities hire nightlife officials, we talked to people on the job about what they really do—and why you shouldn’t call them “night mayors” at all.

A person holding an umbrella walks down a flooded street in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Urban Flooding Is Worryingly Widespread in the U.S., But Under-Studied

When flooding occurs in a small town or just part of a city, it doesn’t register like a big disaster does, according to the first-ever nationwide assessment.

IKEA plans to boost its online offerings and open 30 smaller stores in city centers over the next two years.

Why IKEA Wants to Move Downtown

The retail giant plans to open a series of “city center” stores, starting in Manhattan. It’s a notable departure from its usual big-box suburban megastores.

Can Amazon Really Rename a Neighborhood?

Amazon awarded HQ2 to Northern Virginia’s “National Landing.” Locals know it as Crystal City. For neighborhood boosters, it’s a shot at a much-needed rebrand.

How One City Kickstarted the Ozone’s Recovery

In 1987, two dozen countries agreed to take steps to protect the atmosphere. For Irvine, California, that wasn't enough.

A photo of people comforting each other after a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

The Thousand Oaks Shooting and the Geography of American Gun Violence

A gunman killed at least 12 people in a California suburb known as one of the safest cities in the U.S.  

The City Leaders Who Reached Higher Office in 2018

The midterm elections saw a handful of mayors and city councillors win seats in Congress and statewide offices.

‘Environmentalist’ Doesn’t Just Mean White and Wealthy

A new study refutes some common stereotypes of who cares most about the environment.

Taipei’s Mayor Will Destroy You With His New Rap Video

Mayor Ko Wen-je just dropped a trap song with one simple message: “Do things right.”

Local governments are using smart speakers like Amazon's Alexa to answer basic questions about the city.

Have a Question About Your City? Ask Alexa

As smart speakers grow in popularity, cities see them as an easy way to connect people to services and information.

Reconstructing Hurricane Harvey to Find Its Overlooked Victims

Will Houston’s data-driven approach help it distribute recovery funds more fairly?

Leana Wen stands in the emergency department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, during her medical residency.

Leana Wen Takes Her Fight for Women’s Health National

Baltimore City’s health commissioner leaves her post Friday to become president of Planned Parenthood, and she’s bringing her relentless work ethic along with her.

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in western Japan.

Climate Change Is Testing Asia’s Megacities

Even the largest, most advanced cities are vulnerable to the intensifying storms in the Pacific Ocean.

First Came the Hurricane. Now Come the Mosquitoes.

Heavy rains and flooding create ideal conditions for swarms. For public health officials, the focus is on curbing the potential for viruses to spread.

‘Startup in Residence' Builds a Bridge Between Tech and City Hall

A four-month program that started in San Francisco is now helping entrepreneurs across the nation tap into the $400 billion gov-tech industry.

Why Uber and Lyft Really Want You to Stop Driving

Uber is committing $10 million to support sustainable mobility, and Lyft is expanding its "Ditch Your Car" challenge. Is that enough?