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Smarter Design for Skid Row

Providing decent shelter for people experiencing homelessness is both a political and practical challenge.

A row of Victorian homes in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco's Civil War Over Affordable Housing

The country’s most expensive rental market grapples with high rents, homelessness, and the politics of Bay Area tenant activism.

Two New York City subway cars derailed on the A line in Harlem Tuesday, another reminder of the MTA's many problems.

Overcrowding Is Not the New York Subway's Problem

Yes, the trains are packed. But don’t blame the victims of the city’s transit meltdown.

Books on a shelf of the Brooklyn Public Library's Bedford branch

Helping Homeless New Yorkers by the Books

With a new resident social worker, the Brooklyn Public Library is pushing staff and patrons toward a culture of inclusivity.

Michael Bloomberg speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Bloomberg's $200 Million Challenge to Cities

The latest rendition of the competition asks cities to come up with innovations that can move the entire nation forward.

Panoramic view of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl.

How a Slum Became a City

Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl was developed on top of the swampy remains of Lake Texoco by dubious subdividers after World War II. Thanks to some of its earliest residents, “Neza” has become a thriving hub of culture and commerce with running water and paved roads just outside Mexico’s capital.

William Ware looks at his reflection in a broken shard of mirrored glass in an empty field near downtown Antioch. Homelessness has grown by about a third in Antioch, according to Contra Costa County Point-in-Time homelessness count in 2016.

In the Bay Area, Homelessness Is Reaching Out Into the Suburbs

Communities like Antioch, where homelessness has spiked in recent years, haven’t been prepared to handle the growing need.

Mack Donohue, who has been homeless since 2008, carries his belongings into a shelter in Boston, Massachusetts February 27, 2015.

Rethinking Homeless Shelters From the Ground Up

One nonprofit wants to reward results, and change the funding model in the process.

Protests broke out outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after Senate Republicans unveiled their healthcare bill.

Minimum Wage Movement, Meet the Healthcare Debate

With the GOP’s massive restructuring to Medicaid awaiting a vote, low-wage workers need special attention.

A final rendering of the new La Casa Norte permanent supportive housing development.

Designing Dignity in Housing for Chicago's Most Vulnerable

The permanent supportive housing model includes community spaces, a clinic, and a cafe, and aims to help residents put down roots.

Homeless individuals inside a shelter in Vienna in 2010

How Vienna Solved Homelessness

What lessons could Seattle draw from their success?

Passengers on a full subway train are pictured.

Lab Report: What's Wrong With New York's Subway?

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

'A Neighborhood Is Alive and Fluid'

Mr. Rogers showed viewers a place filled with interactions and a framework for being and becoming.

An illustration of a rotary phone, pigeon, coffee, t-shirt, and flag

Kindling Curiosity on a Low-Tech Urban Scavenger Hunt

By winding through the city on a mission, our kids learned to look closely—and to trust themselves and others.

Why a City Block Can Be One of the Loneliest Places on Earth

Feelings of isolation are common in cities. Let’s take a look at how the built environment plays into that.

Members of a tenants' organization in East Harlem gather outside the office of landlord developer Dawnay, Day Group, as lawyers attempt to serve the company with court papers on behalf of tenants, during a press conference in New York. The tenant's group, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, filed suit against Dawnay, Day Group, the London-based investment corporation "for harassing tenants by falsely and illegally charging fees in attempts to push immigrant families from their homes and gentrify the neighborhood," said Chaumtoli Huq, an attorney for the tenants.

Toward Being a Better Gentrifier

There’s a right way and a wrong way to be a neighbor during a time of rapid community change.

Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone

Contrary to the popular narrative, cities and workplaces with a diverse group of immigrants see higher wages—even for native-born Americans across income levels.

Is East Chicago the Next Flint?

A month after residents of a public housing complex learned they’d been living on dangerously polluted land for decades, they were told they’d have to leave their community.

It's Time to Meet the Neighbors

CityLab is spending a week talking about the folks next door.

Vienna Makes Peace With Its Trash

The famously clean Austrian city boasts one of the world’s most innovative waste processing systems.