Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

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Designing Better Affordable Housing in New York

A city commission has new guidelines for developers, designers, and community members.

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Rate Your Latest Police Encounter

Although a new app Raheem.Ai, stems from an incident of brutality, it’s for the sharing of all police interactions, good and bad, to support solutions to end police violence.

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Mass Incarceration’s Complex Statistics

A new study from the Vera Institute of Justice says that we should look closely at the populations, and relationship, of local jails and state prisons.

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Cities Made of Dreams and Paper

Bodys Isek Kingelez built stunning, colorful models to help people see the magnificent places in his mind.

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Remote Workers: Vermont Will Pay You to Move There

You could get up to $10,000, as long as your full-time job is based in another state.

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An Artist’s Serious Devotion to the Subway

In One Track Mind: Drawing the New York Subway, Philip Ashforth Coppola chronicles the mosaics, ceilings, staircases, and plaques of New York City’s subway stations.

The Top Cities Americans Move to—and From—For Work

Most of the top cities are the usual suspects, but there’s something odd happening in Silicon Valley.

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The Tube Gets In Touch With Its Feminist Side

A new program sponsored by the London Underground will feature female artists in public transit spaces.

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What the Future of Affordable Housing Already Looks Like

An exhibit on selected projects across Europe offers a few ideas for a U.S. audience.

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A Theater's Long Fight to Find a Home in Manhattan

New York City crafted a plan to help artists stay in the pricey Theater District as its property values surge. But one group’s saga shows that getting a rule on the books is just the first step.

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Workers of the World, United

Award-winning lawyer Mary Joyce Carlson joined forces with global labor movements to pressure multinational companies for fair working conditions.

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Wakanda, New Davonhaime: The Yearning for a New Black City

A roving installation by artist Azikiwe Mohammed stops at the Contemporary African Art Fair in Brooklyn to offer a “safe space” for black bodies.

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Is America Ready to Rethink Incarceration?

A new poll suggests that most people in the United States think we need to turn away from building prisons, and toward community development.

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The Slow Decay of Japan's Modernist Dreams

The country’s postwar housing complexes were intended to represent a bold new era. Cody Ellingham’s eerie photographs emphasize their fading might.

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Does a Higher Building Elevation Lead to More Risk-Taking?

A new study suggests that being on a higher floor in a building increases a person’s willingness to take financial risks.  

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Dead Brutalist Buildings

A new show uses photographs of concrete buildings in their final days to argue for their preservation.

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Mel Chin's Look at Destruction and Hope

The artist’s new show at the Queens Museum manages to put a spotlight on community chaos and create seductive objects out of it.

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In Massachusetts, a Mayor and a Church Spar Over Sanctuary

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, opposes a local church’s decision to shelter an undocumented immigrant.

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Florida Will Bring More Transparency to Its Justice System

After a bill passed by the Florida legislature is signed into law, the Sunshine State will gather more criminal-justice data and release it to the public.

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What's in a Home?

Sixteen photographers capture their answer through stark landscapes, half-lit buildings, and colorful portraits.

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What Murals Can Tell Cleveland About Itself

Inspired by a 1973 arts program, a new triennial aims to make the city “a living museum of contemporary abstraction” and start a few conversations along the way.