Boston

The Far Right's Day in Boston

Participants in a “free speech” rally say they aren’t white nationalists, but claim there is a “war against whites” in America.

Students use tongs to fill up their plates with healthy lunch options at a school salad bar

Can Boston Solve School Lunch?

What does it take to transform cafeteria options in city schools for the better?

Boston City Government Has A Racial Pay Disparity Problem

There is a significant gap in the earnings of white employees and people of color. A new racial equity strategy for the city plans to correct that.

A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk in knee-high water

The Cities Poised to Face Massive Flooding in the Not-So-Distant Future

“We have time to respond. We must use it wisely.”

Boston Commuters Brace For GIF-Based Etiquette Campaign

Get ready to have your subway behavior corrected by cute dogs, cats, and a sneezing panda.

Helping Boomers Find Millennial Roommates

In a college town, students and older homeowners have a lot to offer each other. That’s why two urban planners built an app to bring them together.

An Uber pulls up to a curb at New York's LaGuardia airport.

Ride-Share Drivers in Boston Are Losing Their Jobs Over Decades-Old Offenses

Since a new bill came into effect in January, 8,000 drivers have had their certificates revoked—some over infractions from the 1950s.

In Boston, protestors hold signs reading "Better Housing, No Olympic Games"

How Bostonians Defeated the Olympics

“We should never be planning our cities around three-week events, or planning our cities around visitors.”

Why Boston Is Paying Ex-Gang Members To Go To College

The deal: $400 a week to stay in school. Is it worth it?

Small sensors atop a fleet of garbage trucks in a garage in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge's Fleet of Smart Garbage Trucks Is Here to Sniff Out Problems

A collaboration between the city and MIT’s Senseable City Lab, these sensor-equipped vehicles can detect gas leaks, potholes, and other urban hurdles across their paths.

Bridj Collapses After Just 3 Years

The bus company trying to bridge public transit with ride-hailing shuts down after failing to secure new investment.

Reimagining Retail Carts for Street Vendors

Radlab’s bright and compact new Modular Urban Vending carts in Boston put a new face on street vending.

 Boston city worker clears a snowy sidewalk.

To Fight Snow Storms, Bring Out the Big Data

Cities like Boston aren’t just rolling out the heavy-duty plow trucks. Analytic tools are helping them to make snow removal a smarter and more efficient process.

For Most Cities, the Tech Boom Is a Bust

Contrary to technology’s image as an equalizer, digital service jobs in United States have clustered and concentrated in a select few metros.

Boston's New Accidental Archive of Protest Posters

A group of professors stockpiled a trove of handmade signs from the Women's March.

Teach-Ins in the Time of Trump

After the election, universities are positioning themselves as sources of information about immigration rights.

Expect More Superstorms Like Sandy, Warn Scientists

Damaging storms in the U.S. Northeast are likely to become “more frequent and more powerful.”

What Can Substitute Teachers Do for City Schools?

This start-up dispatches artists and activists to fill in for full-time instructors and teach kids new real-world skills.

Do Charter Schools With Extreme Disciplinary Measures Cluster in Black Communities?

A CityLab analysis finds that some charter schools disproportionately suspend and expel students, especially in black neighborhoods.

Chronicling the Turbulent History of Boston's Chinatown

The Chinatown Atlas stitches together a digital portrait of the evolving neighborhood.