Frequently Asked Questions


What is CityLab?

CityLab is dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there. Through sharp analysis, original reporting, and visual storytelling, our coverage focuses on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues facing the world’s metro areas and neighborhoods.

Is CityLab the same thing as The Atlantic Cities?

Yes. Previously known as The Atlantic Cities, CityLab re-launched in May 2014 with an expanded editorial mission as well as a new name, URL, and mobile-first responsive design.

Can I still read stories that appeared on The Atlantic Cities here?

Yes. All of the content that was on is now on Atlantic Cities urls will redirect to the new site.

What is Navigator?

Navigator is “the modern urbanist’s guide to life,” a section of the site that launched in 2014 offering tips and strategies for city lifestyles. Check it out here.

What is CityFixer?

CityFixer is our tool that offers “solutions for an urbanizing world.” It collects the best ideas and stories for a dozen of the leading drivers of modern cities — including schools, civic life, policing, and energy use. A click on “Aging,” for example, will surface all past CityLab coverage on the topic. Check it out here.

Where can I read CityLab’s Terms of Service and Legal Disclaimer?

What is CityLab’s address and phone number?

Our address is:

CityLab/The Atlantic
600 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Our phone number is: (202) 266-6000

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Technical Support

I’m having trouble printing your pages. What can I do to ensure acceptable printouts?

You can use the Print button located next to the social media icons to print articles.  

Which Web browser is recommended for viewing the site?

Our site is designed to be fully supported by recent versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, as well Internet Explorer 8 and later.

I’m having a hard time reading the text on your site. Can I increase the size of the text?

You can use the menu on your browser to adjust font size, or on a mobile device you can pinch and zoom.

Google Chrome: Click the settings button (located to the right of the address bar). Part way down the list is a Zoom option. Use the plus sign button to increase text size.
Firefox: In the browser’s menu, go to View. Select Zoom. Select Zoom In.
Safari: In the browser’s menu, go to View. Select Zoom In.
Internet Explorer: Click the Tools option (gear icon), go to View, and then select Zoom.

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Some browsers automatically install ad blockers for you, so you may be running one without knowing it. Otherwise, you may be running a code blocker, such as a JavaScript blocker, PageOne or Ghostery, that is blocking our ads from running. To see instructions on how to make an exception for CityLab, select "Whitelist" and see if you are running any of the ad blockers listed.

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We require https compliance from our advertisers, and are actively working to ensure all ads are secure. We are working toward a fully secure website, which will ensure that you do not see insecure scripts or ads.

I have a technical question about your site that is not covered here. Where should I write?

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How do I pitch a story to CityLab?

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How can I get permission to reprint an article that appeared on CityLab?

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I'd like to contact a CityLab contributor. What's the best way to do so?

CityLab staff contact information can be found here.

Media inquiries? Contact:

Anna Bross
The Atlantic
(202) 266-7714