Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

A realty sign reads "Bank Repo"

Distressed NYC Homeowners Find Help—From City Hall

Through a special fund, New York City buys up delinquent mortgages to help homeowners and stabilize neighborhoods.

Larry Krasner walks away from his polling place on Nov. 7, 2017.

The Next Test for Bail Reform: Prosecutors

Philadelphia’s district attorney ran on an agenda to reform his city’s criminal justice system. Now he’s starting to with a new policy on bail. The question is: Can it work?

Three different perspectives of a Modernist skyscraper

A Female Architect's 'Post-War Miracle' No Match for New Zoning

Natalie de Blois rarely received her due during a 50-year career. Now, a new zoning law in Manhattan’s Midtown East is helping a bank tear down one of her greatest achievements.

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Reviving Columbus's 'Dancing C's'

A new branding scheme for the small Indiana city builds off of its reputation for sophisticated modern design.

An Art Show Inspired by The Green Book

In “Sanctuary,” Derrick Adams uses history, fashion, and architecture to examine the way black Americans traveled in a period of highway expansion and limited civil rights.

A rainbow flag flies in front of a brick home.

How to Find a Neighborhood With Legal Protections for LGBT People

A new tool from Trulia shows homebuyers and renters if a property is covered by LGBT nondiscrimination laws at the state, county, and city levels.

A row of inmates wearing blue shirts stand in a line, one of them stands with his hands pressed together near his chin.

Bail Reform Takes Flight in Philly

With the passage of a new resolution, Philadelphia becomes the latest city pushing to end money bail.

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Hello, Your Court Date Is Tomorrow

Texting people reminders makes them more likely to show up for court, according to a pilot program in New York City.

A tudor home with a chimney in the middle of the exterior.

Homes Are a Language of Self-Expression in Queens

Photographer and architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri explores the borough’s expressive architecture.

A woman attends a rally in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in December 2016.

Massachusetts Could Become a Pot Sanctuary

A bill in the state legislature would protect cannabis users from federal enforcement, not unlike sanctuary policies for immigrants.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a speech at the Department of Justice in Washington.

Jeff Sessions and California: The Inevitable Collision

Announcing a new lawsuit against California, U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions called top officials an “embarrassment” in the most recent escalation of the battle between Sessions and the Golden State.

Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. King and Monsignor Rice of Pittsburgh march in the Solidarity Day Parade at the United Nations building, April 15, 1967.

Exploring Martin Luther King's Legacy in New York City

A photography exhibit revisits King’s impact on the fight for civil rights in the city.

How Cities Can Take a Stand on Cannabis

With a recent policy change from Jeff Sessions, localities may again be more vulnerable to federal crackdowns. But some of the pioneers of pot legalization have been through this before.

Two different Eiffel Towers rise above manicured lawns. The one on the left is an image from Tianducheng, a city in China, and the one on the right is an image from Paris.

Which One Is Paris?

Francois Prost’s new photo series looks at Tianducheng, a town built to look exactly like the City of Lights.

A cell tower rises alongside a highway

The Telecom Tower Next Door

A new photo series depicts and questions how ubiquitous telecom infrastructure is in our lives.

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L.A.'s Air Pollution May Be Harming Teen Brains

A new study from the University of Southern California suggests a link between air pollution and adolescent delinquency.

Two squat buildings on a sidewalk, both of which appear to be shuttered.

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.

A water fountain with a "Do Not Drink Until Further Notice" sign posted above it

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.