Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder is a staff writer at CityLab.

Amazon public policy representative Holly Sullivan hugs Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

In Nashville, Will Amazon Overpromise and Under-Deliver?

New salary data cast doubt among activists on whether Amazon will fulfill its compensation pledge in Nashville. And they’re advocating to stall local approvals.

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As AI Takes Over Jobs, Women Workers May Have the Most to Lose

Women, especially if they are Hispanic, may be at most financial risk from the automation of jobs says a new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

An App For Mapping Crime, or Urban Paranoia?

The crime-tracking app Citizen, which recently launched in Baltimore, alerts users to danger nearby. Where some critics see risks, others see a tool for empowerment.

The Stark Traffic Safety Divide

Pedestrians fatalities are rising sharply as Americans spend more time behind the wheel. And self-driving technology isn’t likely to be the fix we need.

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with a man.

Why the Midwest’s Mayor-for-President Is Focused on the Future of Work

In a crowded Democratic field, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is homing in on automation of jobs as a key 2020 presidential issue.

Gallaudet University.

How to Design a Better City for Deaf People

Lighting, sound-deflecting surfaces, big spaces—all of these elements can influence a deaf person’s ability to communicate. DeafSpace design considers it all.

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Tiny House Trend, Meet the Mattress-in-a-Box Boom

In search of marketing synergy, Walmart’s Allswell mattress brand is getting into the prefab home business, selling trailer-mounted houses by Modern Tiny Living via its website.

A ferry docked next to a warehouse in Long Island City, Queens

Why the Amazon Pushback Is Also About Immigrants

After the HQ2 cancellation in Queens, Amazon’s connections to federal immigration enforcement are drawing scrutiny and criticism in other cities, too.

A Valentine’s Day Tradition, Born in the Heart of Boston

In the 1800s, candy helped make Boston an industrial powerhouse. Candy hearts have been a lasting legacy of that era, though their future is less certain.

New York’s Ejection of Amazon Is the Start of a Movement

NYC lawmakers who led a resistance campaign against HQ2 are declaring victory. And already, they have plans to escalate their opposition to tax incentives.

CityLab Daily: Amazon Pulls HQ2 From New York City

Also: The cities with the most singles, and the opioid crisis’s rural-urban divide.

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The Conservative Backlash Against Progressive Ballot Measures

In many states, ballot initiatives on expanding Medicaid, limiting gerrymandering, and raising the minimum wage swept to victory in November. Now lawmakers are doing their best to reverse them.

A man sleeps in his car.

Finding Home in a Parking Lot

The number of unsheltered homeless living in their cars is growing. Safe Parking programs from San Diego to King County are here to help them.

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Lyft Launches a Legal Battle Over Driver Pay in NYC

Ride-hailing drivers are caught in the middle of a battle between Uber and Lyft over New York City’s new minimum wage for drivers.

An Airbnb logo.

The Airbnb Effect: It’s Not Just Rising Home Prices

A new Economic Policy Institute study finds that Airbnb contributes to rising home prices in cities, yet often escapes comprehensive regulation.

Car Nostalgia Gets Its Own TV Show

The Ride That Got Away reunites drivers with the vehicles they can’t get over, and puts America’s relationship with cars on blast.

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Should These Train Tracks Be on Fire?

Actually, yes. Thanks to extreme cold hitting the Midwest, Chicago is lighting the Metra commuter train rails on fire to keep the steel from contracting.

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Electric Scooters Sent Nearly 250 Riders to L.A. Emergency Rooms Last Year. Is That a Lot?

A UCLA study tracked a year of injuries from e-scooter use in two Southern California hospitals. How serious a safety risk are they?

An air traffic control tower at Laguardia Airport.

The Government Shutdown Is Ending. For Airports, It’s Just In Time

A pilot explains how a month-long shutdown will have lasting effects on air traffic controllers. “I can hear stress in their voice that didn’t used to be there.”

A photo of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of several current and former mayors eyeing the White House in 2020.

Why Mayors Are Running

Touting the virtues of city-level government, mayors from across the country may be throwing their hats into the 2020 election ring—and no wonder.