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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?

Harlequin books are pictured at a store in Ottawa.

Want to Make It in the Gig Economy? Emulate Romance Novelists

Their three keys to success: They welcome newcomers, they share competitive information, and they ask advice from newbies.

Police cars outside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City

The Great Crime Decline and the Comeback of Cities

Patrick Sharkey, author of Uneasy Peace, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.

Salvadorans in L.A. Brace for Change

Revoking immigration protections on L.A.’s TPS holders could have a dramatic impact on the city’s workforce, communities, and neighborhoods.

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.

The White House is seen reflected during a rainy day in Washington, D.C.

The City That 'This Town' Forgot

Washington, D.C., is home to a huge concentration of reporters. Why do they miss the stories happening in their own city?

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.

The MLK Murals of America

Portraits of the slain civil rights leader captured over time give us a view of history from neighborhoods that often go unrecorded.

An Agenda for Inclusive Prosperity

At a time when the U.S. is cutting investments in shared public goods, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne talks about her more progressive path forward.

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.

Conversations in a Divided Berlin

Several years into a new wave of refugees entering the city, the grassroots organizations that sprung up to meet their needs have become part of the fabric of the city.

A worker wearing gloves and a face mask inspects a marijuana plant.

A Tiny Texas Town Takes a Chance on Medical Marijuana

Schulenburg, with fewer than 3,000 residents and a polka museum, seems an unlikely place for some of the state’s first legal sales of the drug.

Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

The plan is for 50 million new trees to repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.

The Safe Way to Ride Your Bike in Winter

Want to keep cycling when it’s icy? Here are some practical tips.

Boards cover windows of a shuttered elementary school in Chester, Pennsylvania.

When It's Too Cold For School

This week’s cold snap revealed the sorry state of infrastructure in many urban schools on the East Coast. But there’s no quick fix.

A Getaway cabin is pictured.

City Life Stressing You Out? Flee to These Tiny Homes in the Woods

A startup is betting that young city-dwellers need to unwind in the least urban place imaginable.

Bitcoin Is Coming to Your Bodega

Want to pick up some Bitcoin with your beer? Cryptocurrency teller machines across the country are making that a reality.

How To Survive a Bomb Cyclone

Don’t get frozen in action when the cold snap hits, East Coast.

The Gig Economy May Strengthen Men's 'Invisible Advantage' at Work

A study finds that male privilege not only hurts women when they’re looking for work—it also puts them at a disadvantage when they’re the ones doing the hiring.

The Urban Fitness Revolution

Fitness has become far more than just a New Year’s resolution in many American cities. Once rife with grit and nightlife, many urban neighborhoods now embrace fitness as a lifestyle.