Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder is a staff writer at CityLab covering local policy, housing, labor, and technology.

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California Just Upended Gig Work. Other Cities and States Could Follow.

Legislators approved a bill that would reclassify Uber and Lyft drivers as employees, but the debate over gig worker rights is only beginning.

A man sleeping on a sidewalk in Los Angeles.

The White House Is Planning a Federal Intervention on California Homelessness

President Trump reportedly ordered officials to wade into the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. But local leaders are wary of federal involvement.

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After Amazon’s HQ2 Retreat, New York State Lawmakers Target ‘Corporate Welfare’

Democrats in Albany have introduced and are drafting various bills that seek to regulate economic development incentives.

A multi-family home being built next to a single-family home in Seattle.

The Cities Where Job Growth Is Outpacing New Homes

Coastal metros are building more multi-family units than in the past, but it's still not enough. Meanwhile, in some Sun Belt metros, new building outpaces jobs.

Small people stand on coins

A Free $1,000 That Isn't Andrew Yang's UBI

Supported by private philanthropy, the Workers Strength Fund is giving 500 gig workers in four cities $1,000 in no-strings-attached cash.

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The Unsettling Rise of the Urban Narc App

It’s getting easier for city residents to use technology that can report bad drivers who block bike lanes. Welcome to the self-surveillance era of traffic safety.

A rendering of a community room with a circle of chairs and people writing on a whiteboard.

Oakland’s Restorative-Justice Hub Wants to Redefine Public Safety

Restore Oakland provides a home for nonprofits that seek to resolve conflict, reduce incarceration, and empower low-income people.

Smoke from the fires hangs over Brazil.

Why the Amazon Is on Fire

The rash of wildfires now consuming the Amazon rainforest can be blamed on a host of human factors, from climate change to deforestation to Brazilian politics.

a map of London Uber driver James Farrar's trip data.

For Ride-Hailing Drivers, Data Is Power

Uber drivers in Europe and the U.S. are fighting for access to their personal data. Whoever wins the lawsuit could get to reframe the terms of the gig economy.

a photo of a group of homeless teens in Los Angeles.

Why There’s a Homelessness Crisis Among Transgender Teens

In California and other states, transgender and non-binary people are more likely to be unsheltered than any other unhoused population.

Warren Logan

A City Planner Makes a Case for Rethinking Public Consultation

Warren Logan, a Bay Area transportation planner, has new ideas about how to truly engage diverse communities in city planning. Hint: It starts with listening.

Asylum-seekers sit in Matamoros, Mexico, waiting to enter the U.S.

How Rule Changes About Public Benefits Could Affect Immigrants

The Trump administration announced changes to the “public charge” rule that will prevent immigrants who access government services from staying in the U.S.

a photo of murals of George Washington's life and legacy inside San Francisco high school.

A Depression-Era Mural, Caught in a Very Contemporary Controversy

At a public viewing of a 1930s mural depicting the life and legacy of George Washington, San Franciscans argued about preservation, racism, and erasure.

A boy gets water from a cooler at his school in Flint, Michigan.

For Democratic Candidates, Infrastructure Isn't Just Highways

When she takes the debate stage tonight, Kirsten Gillibrand is likely to tout a new infrastructure bill. Other presidential hopefuls are talking up their own rebuilding priorities.

A mother seeking asylum holds her two sons.

What the Fear Campaign Against Immigrants Is Doing

Even “secure” households say they’re afraid of interacting with immigration enforcement, limiting their mobility and use of public space.

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Coming Soon to Save (or Imperil) Democracy: Online Voting

Some voters in Provo and other Utah County cities will be able to cast ballots on a blockchain-powered mobile app in a pilot program for the August election.

The legs of a crash-test dummy.

A Clue to the Reason for Women’s Pervasive Car-Safety Problem

Crash-test dummies are typically models of an average man. Women are 73 percent more likely to be injured in a car accident. These things are probably connected.

A bank teller.

Has the Time Come for City-Run Public Banks?

A coalition of activists in 10 California cities is pushing for public banks as a bill to support this voter-run option works its way through the state legislature.

Are These the Last Vape Shops in San Francisco?

The city wants to stop the rise of teen vaping by banning the sale of Juul and other e-cigarettes. It could also mean the end of a particular kind of store.