Politics

Photos
Standards Manual, CGH

The EPA's 40-Year-Old Design Manual Is Being Reissued

New audiences can relive Chermayeff and Geismar’s visual standards made for the agency in 1977.

Courtesy of Stéphane Tonnelat and William Kornblum/Columbia University ...

Anatomy of the 7 Train

How the most diverse subway line in America forges a shared urban identity, according to a new book.

Lab Report
Joshua Lott/Reuters

Lab Report: Amtrak on Shaky Ground

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

POV
Reuters

The Invisible Network That Makes Cities Work

Despite fears of declining social capital and lack of faith in civic institutions, the “new trust economy” is thriving in urban areas.

POV
AP

Cities Can't Fix the New Urban Crisis

Not on their own, at least. To address the ever-more-complex problems afflicting cities, we’ll need a regional approach.

Edgar Su/Reuters

Singapore, City of Sensors

They’re on buses, atop buildings, in parks, and inside drains as part of the island’s vision to become the world’s first “Smart Nation.” But what do they mean for privacy?

Navigator
Charles Hutchens/Flickr

Naked Germany, Straining at the Seams

Nudity, or Freikörperkultur, has long been a part of public life in Germany. Can it withstand an era of increasing globalization and tech?

Urban Land Institute

Glaeser and Florida on Backlash, Decline, and Renewal

Edward Glaeser and Richard Florida take questions on the future of cities and how their thinking has changed.

Mike Groll/AP

Learning From Two Months of Illuminating Abandoned Homes

Breathing Lights shined a light on the thousands of vacant residencies in the Capital Region. Now what?

Videos
Courtesy of IFC Films

Why the Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses Battle Still Matters

A Q&A with Matt Tyrnauer, director of Citizen Jane: Battle For The City.

Navigator
Tico Noise

Exploring Richmond's Underground Music Scene

The city’s network of DIY venues has carved out a space for people to connect, fostering a resilient creative community.

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

For the First Time, UNESCO's Peace Prize Goes to a Mayor

Mayor Giusi Nicolini has made Italy’s island of Lampedusa a beacon for enlightened refugee policies, the jury says.

Brennan Linsley/AP

The Anti-Poverty Program That Transcends Divides

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit would help low- and middle-income taxpayers, regardless of their geography or political beliefs.

Ariel Aberg-Riger

'No One Really Wants to Talk About It'

Despite recent progress, South Carolina still has a domestic violence problem.

Photos
Oliver Clasper

Focusing on the Hidden Horror of American Lynchings

A British photojournalist is training his camera on the sites of the South’s ugliest open secret.

Darren Hauck/Getty

What Is Janesville, Wisconsin, Without General Motors?

Eight years after its GM assembly plant closed, the city of 63,500 is still trying to answer that question.

Public domain/Andrew Small/CityLab

Meet the 'New Urban Luddites'

We need a stronger word than ‘NIMBY’ to describe how destructive “winner-take-all” urbanism can be.

POV
PR Newswire

Maybe Government Data Shouldn’t Always Be Free

What do cities owe their taxpayers when businesses use their data?