Maps of urban heat islands show where residents can find pockets of cooler air in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
If guidebooks aren’t your thing, check out these stories to learn about the cities you’re visiting next.
A new exhibition looks back at the period of grand urban design and social reform in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.
The chain-link fences are finally down at Boston’s long-closed Government Services Center, thanks to some clever design updates.
Despite the area’s progressive politics, NIMBY-minded residents in and around Boston are skilled in keeping residential construction at bay.
Travel from China to the U.S. fell for the first time in over a decade. That could mean money lost for big cities as well as smaller places near national parks.
Boston was where I. M. Pei produced work that would come to define the city and cement his own reputation as one of the world’s most evocative architects.
City Councilor Michelle Wu, a Chicago native, has pushed for fare-free transit, tangled with Airbnb over housing regulations, and shaken up the politics of Old Boston.
In 1966, a group of Boston-area parents and administrators created a busing program called METCO to help desegregate schools. They thought of it as a quick fix to a passing problem. But the problem hasn’t passed, and METCO isn’t enough to fix it.
“Red carpet” bus lanes can be a cheap, fast, and effective way to smooth commutes for public transit users and drivers alike.
In the 1800s, candy helped make Boston an industrial powerhouse. Candy hearts have been a lasting legacy of that era, though their future is less certain.
100 years ago, a massive wave of molasses marked one of the strangest industrial disasters in modern history. It also marked a major moment in U.S. public policy.
Designers Peter Chermayeff and Tom Geismar talk about how they gave the MBTA an enduring makeover.
By acquiring Motivate, Uber’s chief rival will take over the docked systems in New York, D.C., San Francisco, and more.
A startup is betting that young city-dwellers need to unwind in the least urban place imaginable.
A new book tracks how a Charlotte, North Carolina, high school went from an integration success story to the city’s most isolated and impoverished school.
Participants in a “free speech” rally say they aren’t white nationalists, but claim there is a “war against whites” in America.
What does it take to transform cafeteria options in city schools for the better?
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.
“We have time to respond. We must use it wisely.”