Nicole Javorsky

Nicole Javorsky

Nicole Javorsky is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

Firefighters battling the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California.

Communities of Color Are More Vulnerable to Wildfire

A study finds census tracts that are majority black, Hispanic, or Native American experience about 50 percent greater vulnerability to wildfire.

A photo of a group of monks paying their respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

After the Tree of Life Attack, Synagogues Seek Balance Between Safety and Openness

With anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise, security fears are a growing part of synagogue design.

A lawn in Los Angeles decorated to look like a cemetery for Halloween.

Looking for Affordable Housing? Try Near a Cemetery

Live near the dead. You just might get a discount on your home, and have (very, very) quiet neighbors.

Kids eating pizza in costume on Halloween.

The Towns Where Trick-or-Treaters May Run Afoul of the Law

From California to Maryland, local ordinances penalize trick-or-treating by teens, after 8 p.m., or even while wearing a mask.  

Three people inspect flood damage to an apartment.

First Come the Floodwaters, Then Comes the Mold

After a hurricane or tropical storm, mold, which can cause health problems, spreads easily in flooded homes and is difficult (or expensive) to remove.

A man wipes his forehead in a park on a hot summer day.

Climate Change Might Be Bad for Your Mental Health, Too

Average monthly highs above 86 degrees Fahrenheit increase the probability of mental-health issues, a new study finds.

A portrait of Elizabeth Jennings Graham

The Woman Who Fought Transit Segregation in 19th-Century New York

Before Rosa Parks, there was Elizabeth Jennings.

A large adventure playground with towers and slides.

A Short Guide to Tulsa’s New $465 Million Park

If Volcanoville and Charlie’s Water Mountain aren’t enough for you, what about a boating pond and a skate park?

The cooling tower of a nuclear power plant.

Nuclear Power Plants Brace for Hurricane Florence

The Union of Concerned Scientists has questioned whether two plants, in North Carolina and Virginia, are ready for a megastorm.

visualization of weather patterns

Mapping the Unequal Burden of Hurricane Florence

The path of the powerful storm is only one way to understand the scope of its likely burden.

A small cottage stands on high stilts in Florida.

New Florida Keys Cottages Are Storm-Proof Affordable Housing

After the destruction of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys Community Land Trust started building affordable cottages that can withstand the next storm.

Stella Bowles stands on a riverbank.

How One Kid Stopped the Contamination of a River

To halt the illegal flow of raw sewage into Nova Scotia’s LaHave River, it took a determined 11-year-old with water samples and a Facebook page.

A toddler and a man play a giant Connect Four game in a park.

What’s the Deal With Giant Games in Parks and Plazas?

Playable cities are here, and they want you to stay awhile.

Olmsted's drawing of a Staten Island farm house

The Olmsted Papers You Didn’t Know You Needed

The materials, including drafts of his writings, family letters and journals, correspondences with colleagues, and project proposals, piece together a unique glimpse into the landscape architect’s creative process.

Climate Report: Not Good

In a week full of climate-related terrors, don’t expect to find much good news in the American Meteorological Society’s annual report card on the state of the planet.

A Mexican gray wolf

Scientists Decry the Border Wall’s Harm to Wildlife

More than 2,500 scientists have co-signed a paper describing the “significant” harm to wildlife posed by infrastructure on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Ozone Levels in Many U.S. National Parks Are Similar to Those in Large Cities

Even in Big Sky Country, you can’t escape from air pollution.

A view of Washington Square Park in New York with tall buildings beyond

Why New York City Is Reporting Its Sustainability Progress to the UN

So far, it’s the only city in the world to publish a review of its progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).