Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder is a staff writer at CityLab.

Amazon HQ2 Goes to New York City and Northern Virginia

After Jeff Bezos set off one of the highest-profile bidding wars in modern history, Amazon picked two East Coast cities for its new headquarters. The surprise extra: There's something in it for Nashville, too.

American Flags flying.

The Housing Crisis Seems to Be Hitting Some Veterans More Than Others

A new study finds that Post-9/11 veterans struggle with home prices at a greater rate than earlier generations of vets and more than other non-vet civilians.

A photo of young people dancing at a Daybreaker event in Washington, D.C.

To Find Community, Wake Up Early and Dance

Radha Agrawal, inventor of Daybreaker early-morning dance parties, wrote a book on how make more friends in an isolating world. I tried to follow her advice.

A pollilng place in New York City.

In New York, Citywide Technical Difficulties Deter Some from Voting

In polling places across the country, voters faced long lines and malfunctioning machines. In New York City, it's a pattern—and some are calling for resignations.

Amazon storage lockers.

Double the HQ2? What It Means if Amazon Splits Up Its Second Headquarters

It won't get double the tax incentives (probably). But there are other tactical reasons for the move.

A photo of an Uber driver. Uber's new regime of driver performance ratings includes a slew of benefits, including free college tuition.

For Some Drivers, Uber Offers New Benefit: Full-Ride Scholarships

Starting Thursday, high-performing Uber drivers can earn tuition-free online education from Arizona State University.

Homeless residents of Los Angeles in tents along Interstate 110.

California Ballots Get Creative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing

California state and city ballot measures offer a variety of strategies for improving access to affordable housing, and shrinking the homeless population.

Investors Are Readying for a Housing Price Spike in the Amazon HQ2 City

Already, real estate investors are making plans for the inevitable influx of workers and the corresponding leap in the housing market when Amazon selects its HQ2.

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.

The Tech Companies Spending to Oppose (and Support) San Francisco’s Homelessness Tax

Almost $7 million is bankrolling a fight over whether businesses should pay for the city’s homeless crisis.

An Uber pick-up location in downtown Houston in 2017.

Is Uber the Enemy or Ally of Public Transit?

Depends on the city, and the transit agency.

Why Marriott Workers Are Striking

In Marriott hotels across the country, employees are striking for better wages and benefits—but also for the right to decide how technology is used in their industry.

Netflix’s ‘Stay Here’ Is a Cringe-Worthy Twist on Home Renovation Shows

Binge-watch it if you’re not sure what to do with your extra house.

Why Are So Many People In San Jose Fighting Housing for Teachers?

The school system’s plan to build affordable apartment units for the city’s teachers has triggered a fierce backlash in one affluent area.

Where It’s Legal to Reverse the Vote of the People

More citizen-initiated measures are making it onto the ballot than ever before. But in cities and states where they’re able, legislators are taking steps to alter them.

The Town That Doesn’t Exist

Slab City, buried deep in the California desert, is a land of squatters, artists, and migrants—and few rules. In a new book, an architect and a photographer document “the last free place.”

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

A gathering of designers talk about the art of creating political brands in 2018.

The Case for a Local Investigation Into Brett Kavanaugh

As senators demand an FBI hearing, Maryland legislators are calling for county police to investigate the Supreme Court nominee. Here’s how they could do it.

A photo of a car windshield with an Uber, Lyft, and Juno logo in it.

The Future of (Occasional) Work

A study on a subset of the gig economy—yes, another one—out of JP Morgan Chase suggests the share of people using online platforms to find work is growing, but hours and earnings are far from regular.

The Man Behind the Scooter Revolution

Two decades ago, a Swiss inventor laid the foundation for the big mobility innovation of 2018.

What’s at Stake in Washington’s Heated Battle Over Tipped Workers

Does paying tipped workers the minimum wage spell death for the city's restaurant industry, or dignity for the city's employees?

Can Banning Privatization Keep Water Cheap, Safe, and Flowing?

Baltimore voters are deciding whether to ban privatization of the water utility. But without the infusion of private investment, can cities continue to afford providing safe, inexpensive water?