Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

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Documenting Nostalgia on Route 66

Filmmaker and photographer Phil Donohue shot scenes along the famed U.S. highway to explore what we long for and leave behind.

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Congressional Gridlock Is Putting Flint's Pipe Replacement In Peril

Placing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in jeopardy has an unexpected consequence in Flint.

What the Republican Tax Bill Means for Commuters, Renters, and Retirees

The most serious effects of the House and Senate proposals would unfold over years for urban citizens.

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Why New York City Created Its Own Fund to Bail People Out of Jail

The city’s new plan may seem counterintuitive. But it’s one of several ways NYC is trying to reform a bail system that the state largely controls.

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A Map That Celebrates the Subway

Starting with London’s Tube, a new series aims to capture the art and history of rapid transit systems around the world.

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How a Changing Landscape Brought Down the Mob in Brooklyn

The mafia's storied New York past has all but vanished.

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Mapping Racial Disparities in the Golden State

Racial gaps in California get a county-by-county look in a new online tool.

Diving Into New York's Trashy Past

A new exhibit explores the past, present, and future of waste management in New York City.

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New York's Subway Announcements Go Gender Neutral

MTA is instructing staff not to say “ladies and gentlemen” anymore, preferring “passengers” or “riders” instead.

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The Fight Over Fair Housing Goes to Court (Again)

Civil rights groups are fighting the suspension of a HUD rule they say helps low-income families move to better neighborhoods.

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Why Cities Are Working With Businesses to Fight Food Waste

In Nashville and New York, officials are leveraging relationships with companies and nonprofits to get smarter about food usage and disposal.

A scene from "NYsferatu" of the vampire's silhouette slowly melding into the city skyline.

'NYsferatu': A Vampire Tale Retold About a City's Paranoia

A new film from Andrea Mastrovito explores what we truly fear about monsters and the “other.”

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What Cities Are Doing to Fight Street Harassment

One of the most common types of sexual harassment is also amongst the most difficult to legislate.

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Here's How Cities Can Get the Most out of Their Parks

Neighborhood green spaces aren’t always living up to their full potential.

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The Constitutional Counting Crisis

Budgetary issues have led to a host of other problems for the Census Bureau. Now, the NAACP is seeking to ensure that vulnerable populations aren't overlooked in 2020.

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Building Community on the Back of Belief

MacArthur grant recipient Rami Nashashibi talks about how interfaith activism can galvanize cities.

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New York City, Under a Single Roof

In a new exhibition, the Tenement Museum teaches immigration policy through the stories of three families on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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How Should We Pay for Street Trees?

A new report argues that the urban canopy should be considered—and funded—as a part of a city’s public health infrastructure.

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The Coronation of a Transit Queen

Brooklyn’s City Reliquary Museum put on the Miss Subways 2017 pageant to raise awareness about New York’s most beloved and reviled mode of transportation.

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Can Data Defeat Gerrymandering?

Increasingly sophisticated mapping platforms have made redistricting easier—but data could also be the key to untangling the problem.

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Broadband Is Largely Inaccessible to Those Who Need it Most

Because of high prices and low accessibility, poor and rural communities are the least likely to subscribe to high-speed internet.