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.

Skyscrapers tower over Singapore's historic Chinatown.

How Do You Measure the Value of a Historic Site?

Debates over historic preservation often run into a problem: There’s plenty of data to support economic arguments, and much less to address questions of cultural value. A research team in Singapore wants to change that.

An illustration of rats is pictured.

Will Cities Ever Outsmart Rats?

The age-old strategy is “see a rat, kill a rat.” The new plan is to end an infestation before it ever begins.

A real estate agent shows a Seattle home for sale to her client from Beijing.

The Chinese Pursuit of the American Dream

Chinese citizens are the top foreign buyers of homes in the U.S. As Beijing cracks down on money going abroad, will America’s real estate market feel the impact?

To Bounce Back From Disaster, Balance Is Key

A new book draws recovery lessons from recent natural and man-made calamities.

The researchers' map shows how neighborhoods in five cities have physically changed between 2007 and 2014.

What Artificial Intelligence Reveals About Urban Change

A team of Harvard and MIT researchers takes a new approach to figure out why some neighborhoods improve while others decline.

Helping Boomers Find Millennial Roommates

In a college town, students and older homeowners have a lot to offer each other. That’s why two urban planners built an app to bring them together.

Michael Bloomberg speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Bloomberg's $200 Million Challenge to Cities

The latest rendition of the competition asks cities to come up with innovations that can move the entire nation forward.

Where Tomorrow's Floods Will Come

Extreme rainfall events like Tropical Storm Cindy are becoming more common. But development on inland flood zones hasn’t slowed down.

Remembering Beaches as Battlegrounds for Civil Rights

In 1960, black protesters in Biloxi, Mississippi, were attacked while demanding equal access to public beaches. Now the remaining activists are working to preserve the history of the “wade-ins” that opened the space to everyone.

A Look Inside Nepal's Abandoned Railway to India

Villagers in Janakpur are anticipating the return of a colonial-era train route that’s considered their lifeline—but progress has been slow.

In this black-and-white photograph, men appear to smoke opium on top of couches and benches.

Opium Dens Are a Terrible Theme for Bars

The anti-immigrant history behind these spaces should make you reconsider casting the stereotypical drug den as the inspiration for a lounge.

An illustration of a young woman riding a bike with her feet off the pedals

The Balancing Act of Learning to Bike as an Adult

I’m 26 and I can’t ride a bike, so I’m starting at step one.

Designing for More Effective Protests

A flash competition in New York City asks designers to come up with way to make protests stand out as they become more frequent.

The World's First Floating Light Rail

Seattle built some of the longest highway bridges that float on water. Soon, one of them will carry a train system, too.

Frank Wong with one of his dioramas of Chinatown

Bringing 1940s Chinatown Back to Life in Miniature

Frank Wong’s memories of San Francisco are fading, so to preserve them, the 82-year-old artist recreates them in three dimensions.

Putting Sustainable Development Under a Microscope

Even in countries that have made a lot of progress, measuring sustainable development at the neighborhood level exposes the inequality within cities.

Reno's Road to the Future of Autonomous Buses

Electric bus company Proterra is teaming up with the University of Nevada, Reno, to see how cities can communicate with driverless public transit.

Bridj Collapses After Just 3 Years

The bus company trying to bridge public transit with ride-hailing shuts down after failing to secure new investment.

A crowd mills around a subway platform and up the stairs at a New York City subway station

The Lawsuits Over NYC's Subway Inaccessibility Are Long Overdue

Advocates allege that the entire MTA system discriminates against riders with disabilities.

Esri Map of Nighttime Lights

Mapping Where the Lights Are Brighter, And Where They're Going Dark

In four short years, urbanization, economics, and war have changed a satellite’s view of the Earth at night.