Life

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What Everyone Can Learn From L.A.'s Gentrification

In its second season, WNYC’s podcast “There Goes the Neighborhood” explores the pressures of life in a changing Los Angeles—with lessons for listeners everywhere.

An overhead shot of the buildings and roads of a small town in Connecticut.

What America Is Losing as Its Small Towns Struggle

To erode small-town culture is to erode the culture of the nation.

A member of the Ku Klux Klan, wrapped in a Confederate flag, protests in Charlottesville.

How Charlottesville Schools Are Handling More Violence

Another white supremacist rally and a shooting threat pose mounting challenges for administrators and teachers.  

Google Announces Plan to Turn Toronto Neighborhood into Living Laboratory

The development is the company's first foray into what it has described as "rebuilding cities from the Internet up.”

Google Maps' Failed Attempt to Encourage Active Commutes

Not everyone wants to be reminded of calories when trying to get directions.

A Bright Idea to Revive a Neighborhood

The financial crisis brought (literally) darker times to parts of Athens. Now one neighborhood is fighting to bring light back to the streets.

A crowd is pictured at the Glastonbury Festival.

Lab Report: Is Surge Pricing Too 'Morally Outrageous' to Work?

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Maggie Gyllenhaal walks the mean streets of 1971 New York City in HBO's "The Deuce," created by David Simon.

David Simon Does Not Miss the Sleaziness

The creator of HBO’s “The Deuce” talks about the rebirth of Times Square, other cities he loves, and why bureaucrats can be TV heroes, too.

A material, fence-like structure sits in a field in front of a group of boxy high-rise apartment buildings.

The Iranian Artists Picturing Their Cities

A gallery exhibit explores the urban public spaces of the Islamic Republic.

A Benfica fan is pictured.

Inside the Global Network of Portugal's Soccer Superfans

Casas do Benfica aren’t just gathering spaces to cheer on a wildly popular football club. In cities everywhere, they’re support networks for the Portuguese-speaking diaspora.

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti is pictured.

Lab Report: Could a Mayor Make It to the White House?

A morning roundup of the day’s news

An illustrated map of Houston attractions, including Screwed Up Record & Tapes, The Menil Collection, Bar 5015, The Silver Slipper, and Canino Produce

Travel Like You Live Here: Houston

Curator Ryan Dennis shows CityLab around.

Rami Nashashibi stands in front of a sign for IMAN, his organization.

Building Community on the Back of Belief

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

How a Fart Became Berlin's Weirdest Policing Scandal

It's taken an incredible amount of resources to get to the bottom of this one.

Visualizing the Unseeable

MacArthur grant recipient Trevor Paglen is a geographer-photographer whose work defies categorization. His next big project: an orbiting art installation.

The Great Mobility Divide

Americans are moving less than ever, but that fact masks a deep divide between the affluent and the disadvantaged.

Lab Report: The New Urban-Suburban Blob

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Urbanists Just Cleaned Up in MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

This year’s class of fellows reflect the importance of city problems and solutions.

The Cities Suing Big Pharma Over Opioids

Pharmaceutical companies misled the public into a cycle of addiction, cities say. Now, they’re being taken to court.

A Look Back at the Suburbs of Toronto

A new exhibit explores postwar life in the suburbs of Canada’s largest city.

Tourists are pictured in a Dutch souvenir shop.

Amsterdam Doesn't Want Any More Stores for Tourists

So-called “Nutella Shops” are among the businesses now in the Dutch capital’s crosshairs.