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Why the Future Looks Like Pittsburgh

The city’s rise as a global innovation city reflects decades of investment in emerging technology, a new Brookings report says.

Visitors take selfies and sit near the lion known as Patience on the steps of the New York Public Library in New York.

A 3-Hour Love Letter to the New York Public Library

Frederick Wiseman’s joyful new documentary celebrates the local branches as public space.

An abandoned sign on the site of the now demolished Hall of Nations in New Delhi.

What's Next For New Delhi's Pragati Maidan?

With the dust barely settled from a controversial demolition, the Indian government has its sights on what might be the most ambitious plans in the history of independent India.

There's Nothing New About Fighting Over Monuments

How a preservationist looks at Baltimore’s ongoing battle over its public memorials.

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How Housing Intensifies the Racial Wealth Gap

The wealth of black families lags far behind whites, and housing markets play a key role.

Waves break over the sea wall ahead of Hurricane Franklin in Veracruz, Mexico, August 9, 2017.

In the Face of Massive Storms, Climate Adaptation Tools Aren't Enough

Taking stock of the damage left behind by hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria shows that man-made defenses can fail often—and hugely.

Black and white West Charlotte High School students pose together in and around their school bus in 1972.

How America's Most Integrated School Segregated Again

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.

Is Beige the New Black in Architecture?

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, the biggest architecture festival in the country, reveals up-and-coming designers turning to the mundanities of everyday life for inspiration.

London Dumps Uber

The city vows to revoke the ride-hailing giant’s license, citing public safety concerns. But the legal battle may be only starting.

Reeling from a Murder Spike, Baltimore Grasps at a Gun Bill

The controversial bill establishes a mandatory minimum penalty for illegal firearm possession.

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How the Hotel Industry Views Its Future (and Airbnb)

A conversation with the editor of Hotels, a trade publication covering full-service and luxury lodging.

Rural California Awaits Its 'Uber'

Armed with a Tesla and a lot of community spirit, a tiny farm town embraces a different kind of ride-sharing.

Beirut Tries to Get Back on the Bike

The wildly car-centric Lebanese capital is trying to be more bicycle friendly, but traffic, politics, and the city’s own tangled history make for an uphill battle.

The Twitter Bot that (Dis)cribes Cities

L.A. looks like "a Cactus." Is that plain wrong? Or is our hubris keeping us from recognizing the profound meaning behind these captions?

A LimeBike is pictured next to a Capital Bikeshare dock.

Bike Share, Unplanned

Three private bike-share companies are determined to shake up the streets of D.C. But what, exactly, are they trying to disrupt?

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

A Pew report shows that nearly a third of white Americans under the age of 30 have “cold” feelings for the police. Recent court rulings and decisions made by the Trump administration this year might help explain why.

Rescue crews and observers on top of the rubble from a collapsed building that fell in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City.

A Brigade of Architects and Engineers Rushed to Assess Earthquake Damage in Mexico City

La Casa del Arquitecto became the headquarters for highly skilled urbanists looking to help and determine why some buildings suffered more spectacularly than others.

What the New Urban Anchors Owe Their Cities

Corporations like Google and Amazon reap the spoils of winner-take-all urbanism. Here’s how they can also bear greater responsibility.

The Hunt for an 'Entrepreneurial Ecosystem'

Business boosters believe connectivity is the key to spurring new businesses. But can that model work in chronically disinvested communities?