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Amid Layoffs, WeWork’s Other Workers Are Making a Stand

The co-working giant is letting 2,400 employees go and outsourcing 1,000 cleaning and facilities jobs as part of a company-wide belt-tightening.

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Airbnb’s Olympic Sponsorship Deal Isn’t Playing Well in Paris

The home-rental company inked a massive deal to sponsor the Olympics until 2028—over fierce objections from the host city for the 2024 Games.

CityLab Daily: Housing Makes the Debate Stage

Also: The future of the street light might be in the past, and a London funeral home gives death a style makeover.

What Happens When a City Tries to End Traffic Deaths

Several years into a ten-year “Vision Zero” target, some cities that took on a radical safety challenge are seeing traffic fatalities go up.

photo: Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

What a Trillion-Dollar Housing Pledge Looks Like

Representative Ilhan Omar’s Homes for All Act would fund the construction of 12 million new homes in the U.S. over 10 years, mostly as public housing.  

photo: Chris Burden's "Urban Light," installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, features several of L.A.'s historic streetlight styles.

The Future of the Streetlight Might Be in the Past

A new competition from the L.A. mayor’s office invites designers to reimagine the rich history of civic illumination and create next-generation streetlights.

CityLab Daily: When Residents Support Solar—Just ‘Not in My Backyard’

Also: Ride-hailing cars are turning into high-tech billboards, and Berlin wants to freeze rents for 5 years.

MapLab: Killer Apps

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

photo: A stylish new funeral parlor called Exit Here in London.

Death Be Not Dull

U.K. restaurateur Oliver Peyton’s newest project, a style-forward funeral home called Exit Here, aims to shake up a very traditional industry.

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Car-Mounted Ads Take a New Direction: Data Collection

A startup called Firefly puts sensor-equipped advertising screens on top of Uber and Lyft vehicles. Now they do more than marketing: They collect data.

photo: An array of solar panels in Oakland, California.

When Residents Support Solar—Just ‘Not in My Backyard’

While the American public broadly favors expanding renewable energy, that support doesn’t always extend to the photovoltaic panels next door.

A male doctor in a white coat looks at a screen

How AI Could Change the Highly-Skilled Job Market

A new study uses artificial intelligence to find that jobs done by highly skilled workers are the most likely to be affected by AI.

Berlin Wants to Freeze Rents for 5 Years. Can It Really Do That?

The German capital is about to begin a groundbreaking rental law, but looming legal challenges and new revelations cast doubt on whether it’s possible at all.

CityLab Daily: Why Public Transit Is an Equity Battleground

Also: My fight with a sidewalk robot, and the three personalities of America, mapped.

photo: A Starship Technologies commercial delivery robot navigates a sidewalk.

My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot

A life-threatening encounter with AI technology convinced me that the needs of people with disabilities need to be engineered into our autonomous future.

photo: a police officer in the NYC subway.

Why Public Transit Is an Equity Battleground

From New York City to Santiago, public transit plays an increasingly central role in debates over social equity, inclusion, and who should get the right to ride.

Talent May Be Shifting Away From Superstar Cities

According to a new analysis, places away from the coasts in the Sunbelt and West are pulling ahead when it comes to attracting talented workers.

The Three Personalities of America, Mapped

People in different regions of the U.S. have measurably different psychological profiles.

CityLab Daily: How Go-Go Became Gentrification's Kryptonite

Also: Holland aims to bring back its starry nights, and why is California approving so many new oil wells?

A colorful mural with a woman's head and words reading "take me out to the go-go."

How Go-Go Music Became Kryptonite for Gentrification in D.C.

Go-go has become the soundtrack for a growing anti-gentrification movement in Washington. Now a city council bill wants to make it D.C.’s official music.