Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder

Sarah Holder is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

Do You Understand Crypto?

CityLab tests your grasp of our virtual currency-filled future.

Hire a Refugee (and Pay in Cryptocurrency). What Could Go Wrong?

When technology meets the global refugee crisis, the lines between profit and philanthropy get blurry.

Where an HQ2 Could Most Help Me Find a Boyfriend

Sure, the bidding war for Amazon’s headquarters might hurt cities. But I couldn’t help but wonder: Would it also help me find a boyfriend?

To Fund the Resistance, Berkeley Turns to Cryptocurrency

The city of Berkeley is planning on developing its own cryptocurrency, to fill affordable housing funding gaps left by the federal government.

The Algorithm That Can Resettle Refugees

More than 65 million people are living in a state of displacement, the highest level in human history. Only a small fraction are successfully resettled into permanent homes. Is there a digital fix for this very human crisis?

Amazon HQ2 Competition Spotlights Gaps in LGBTQ Protections

A new campaign, “No Gay, No Way,” is fighting for Amazon to choose a more inclusive home for HQ2.

HQ2 Hunger Games: Meet Your Tributes

With 20 cities left competing for Amazon, cities are angling to offer more than ever for 50,000 jobs. Here’s your ultimate reference for every city.

How Student Loans Are Killing Homeownership

It’s really not the avocado toast: Ballooning college debt is keeping Millennials from buying more houses.

Women Are Marching Again, But It's Not About Donald Trump

In its second year, the Women’s March that dominated the nation's capital last January has decentralized, focusing on local issues in cities large and small.

Amazon Whittles Down List of HQ2 Contenders to 20 Finalists

The list skews toward larger cities and metropolitan areas along the Eastern corridor, stretching as far north as Toronto and as far south as Miami. And it looks like some of the economic incentives might be paying off.

The (Legal) Case Against Bidding Wars Like Amazon's

The race to win Amazon’s second headquarters has reignited a conversation dating back to the late ‘90s: Should economic incentives be curbed by the federal government? Can they be?

People stand by a banner of Martin Luther King.

Biloxi's Fight to Celebrate Martin Luther King

Since the 1980s, the Mississippi city has officially celebrated “Great Americans Day,” not MLK Day. This year, that changes—and the backstory is more complex than it first appears.

Why New York City Is Getting Its Money Out of Fossil Fuels

The move to divest funds from fossil fuel interests in resistance to climate change has been slowly building. With New York City joining the effort, there's a new multi-billion-dollar signal.

What Happened to Crime in Camden?

Often ranked as one of the deadliest cities in America, Camden, New Jersey, ended 2017 with its lowest homicide rate since the 1980s.

The First U.S. City Bans Bump Stocks. Will Others Follow?

Despite a restrictive state preemption law, Columbia, South Carolina, became the first known city to ban the use of the controversial firearm accessory that made the Las Vegas shooter so deadly. The mayor hopes it will ignite local—and national—action.

Can the Blockchain Tame Moscow's Wild Politics?

Critics say that the city’s Active Citizen app, which allows residents of the Russian capital to vote on municipal projects, is vulnerable to manipulation. The solution? Put it on the blockchain.

What Happens to Ambulance Calls When Uber Enters a City

In cities where the popular ride-sharing app is used, ambulance usage went down by 7 percent, according to a new study.

The Hidden Rooms Within New York's Public Housing

A new study from New York’s Independent Budget Office reveals that nearly a third of public housing units are under-occupied, often by older residents living alone. But can the city find a humane fix?

Don't Take Out a Second Mortgage to Buy Bitcoin

According to regulator Joseph Borg, the bubble’s going to burst.

How a Bid for Amazon HQ2 Got Tangled Up in a Fight for LGBTQ Rights

Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been stalled for four years amid fears it will deter economic investment. Will Amazon finally kill it?