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It’s Time to Celebrate Baltimore’s Much-Maligned Metro

In 1987, the Maryland Transit Administration busted out a brass band to open a subway that never had a chance.

CityLab Daily: Where Renters Want to Move Next

Also: The safety towns where kids rule the streets, and why do parks close at night?

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How Chicago Got a Lot Faster at Beach Water Warnings

Chicago is the only major U.S. city to use a new method to test for bacteria at most of its beaches—and then issue same-day swimming advisories.

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Why Don't Americans Use Their Parks At Night?

Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider.

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Seniors Get Angry About Broken Promises for Affordable Housing in NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio walked back a promise of $500 million in affordable senior housing. New York’s rapidly growing elderly population came out to protest.

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Where America’s Renters Want to Move Next

A new report that tracks apartment searches between U.S. cities reveals the moving aspirations of a certain set of renters.

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Uber and Lyft Really Don’t Want California to Pass This Worker Rights Bill

As California considers a gig-work bill to make ride-hailing drivers employees eligible for benefits and bargaining rights, Uber and Lyft ask for compromise.

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How Some Shrinking Cities Are Still Prospering

A study finds that some shrinking cities are prosperous areas with smaller, more-educated populations. But they also have greater levels of income inequality.

CityLab Daily: Staying Safe in City Hall

Also: The dream of “universal rent control,” and Chernobyl doesn’t have an Instagram problem.

A man directs children crossing a railroad track on tricycles in a miniature safety village.

In Safety Towns and Traffic Gardens, Kids Rule the Streets

These miniature towns and roads that dot America aren’t just cute—they’ve helped teach children pedestrian and bike safety since the 1930s.

The Empty Spaces That Elevate London’s Brutalist Masterpiece

A new plan aims to fill in some of the Barbican Estate’s loftier spaces and alter the original footprint. Will the integrity of the historic complex be at risk?

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Inside New York's Landmark Deal to Protect Renters

The state will boast the “strongest tenant protections in history.” But critics in the real estate industry warn that the bill could backfire.

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The Hard Questions About Staying Safe in City Hall

After the Virginia Beach shooting, cities struggle with providing security for municipal employees while still welcoming the public they serve.

a photo of a tourist taking a picture of a fox in the abandoned city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

No, Instagram Is Not Ruining Chernobyl

A (mostly mythical) surge in visitors to the nuclear disaster site raises a question: Can mass tourism spoil a place that’s already famous for being uninhabitable?

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Sex Work Is a Hot and Messy 2020 Political Issue

This week, New York legislators introduced bills to effectively decriminalize sex work. The topic has become a campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election.

CityLab Daily: How Should We Define the Suburbs?

Also: Behind the demise of 100 Resilient Cities, and the secrets of NYC Parks’ new signs.

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebirth of 100 Resilient Cities

Internal communications shed new light on the Rockefeller Foundation’s decision to stop funding the global climate nonprofit, and hint at what might come next.

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Atlanta’s Food Forest Will Provide Fresh Fruit, Nuts, and Herbs to Forage

The seven-acre site in southeast Atlanta will grow fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and nuts to improve food security for local communities.