Natasha Balwit

Natasha Balwit

Natasha Balwit is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

A man elevated by crane works on the roof of a partially deconstructed house.

Tearing Down Homes, Building a Workforce

After Portland banned demolition of its oldest homes, it forged a path for women and people of color to find higher-paying work in the trades.

The Guggenheim Museum is pictured.

This Month in Urbanism: June 2017

A roundup of city-focused events around the world. This month: sustainable transport, architectural film, a gathering of mayors, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th.

Emma Foulkes, left, and Petrina Bloodworth hold hands and show their wedding rings after being married at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage

The Urban-Rural Divide in Interracial Marriage

More Americans than ever are married to someone of a different race—but it’s more common in some places than others.

This Month in Urbanism: May 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: public space, the good city, and the links between incarceration and environmental justice.

A run-down fence opens onto the backs of several row houses.

Poems That Show How Gentrification Is Personal

To close out National Poetry Month, we rounded up poems that translate gentrification and the housing crisis into personal terms.

Reimagining Retail Carts for Street Vendors

Radlab’s bright and compact new Modular Urban Vending carts in Boston put a new face on street vending.

Cars drive on a tree-lined street in Paris, France, 1962.

This Month in Urbanism: April 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: NYC’s secrets, prosperity for all, taking back Paris, and living small in Seattle.

The New Podcast Spotlighting NYC's Street Musicians

StreetMusicMap Radio gives buskers another kind of platform.

Seattle residents protest

Seattle Considers Giving Renters a Formal Voice at City Hall

A new commission would advise officials on issues affecting renters and seek ways to enact stronger protections.

This Month in Urbanism: March 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: bikes, land, water and mayors.

Green Bloc participants gather in Vancouver.

In Vancouver, a Climate Program That's All About the Neighbors

Community events and a little friendly competition simplify the enormous task of slashing ecological footprints.

Drop in to Luxurious Urban Oases in the Sky

A new book gives a birds-eye-view of lush rooftop spaces around the world.

For Muslim Americans, a Call to Public Service

A political action group is launching a campaign to encourage more Muslims to run for office, offering guidance and a community organizing playbook to help them get started.

This Month in Urbanism: February 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: urban agriculture in Atlanta, the complexity of street networks, and how to love a city in the snow.

Enshrining the Sites of the Struggle for Civil Rights

The National Park Service is allocating $7.75 million in grants to shore up 39 places and projects across the U.S.

The Racial Gap in Education Is Slowly Shrinking

When it comes to academic achievement, students of color show signs of catching up to their white peers, according to a new report—but poor students are left as far behind as ever.

Why It's a Good Year to Be a Renter: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the past seven days.

A Growing Seattle Goes All In on Transit

Voters agreed to fund expansions and improvements for local bus and light rail systems. A short film shows how that choice is shaping the city’s future.

This Month in Urbanism

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: housing policy, innovations in design and technology, urban watersheds, and more.

The Best Cityreads of 2016

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the past 365 days.

The 1994 Vote That Shredded NYC Rent Regulation: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the last seven days.