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Where to Find Relief in the Big East Coast Heat Wave

Maps of urban heat islands show where residents can find pockets of cooler air in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

How ‘Corn Sweat’ Makes Summer Days More Humid

It’s a real phenomenon, and it’s making the hot weather muggier in the American Midwest.

CityLab Daily: Will There Ever Be a City on the Moon?

Also: Startups want good transit, and London’s “Tulip” won’t bloom after all.

a photo of the First Pasadena State Bank building, designed by Texas modernist architects MacKie and Kamrath. It will be demolished on July 21.

The Lonely Death of a South Texas Skyscraper

The First Pasadena State Bank, a 12-story modernist tower inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has dominated this small town near Houston since 1962.

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The Surprisingly High-Stakes Fight Over a Traffic-Taming ‘Digital Twin’

Why are some mobility experts spooked by this plan to develop a data standard that would allow cities to build a real-time traffic control system?

How the Volkswagen Beetle Sparked America’s Art Car Movement

When the Beetle was first introduced, Americans had never seen anything like it. Among art car enthusiasts, it became the ideal canvas for self-expression.

Man with guide dog holds a phone aloft at a bus stop.

How to Make Transit More Accessible to the Visually Impaired

New signage and NaviLens technology have been rolled out in Barcelona, Madrid, and Murcia city to help visually impaired people navigate public transportation.

SEPTA trains in Philadelphia

Startups Are Abandoning Suburbs for Cities With Good Transit

A new study finds that new business startups are choosing cities with good public transportation options over the traditional suburban locations.

Rendering of the top of the 'Tulip' above London's skyline at night, with The Shard in the middle distance.

Why London's Proposed 'Tulip' Tower Won't Bloom

Sadiq Khan used his discretionary powers to cancel the Norman Foster design. Does this signal a tougher attitude to flashy development?

CityLab Daily: Could Public Banks Help Fund Affordable Housing?

Also: We were promised moon cities, and the future of the city is childless.

A NASA rendering of a moon base with lunar rover from 1986.

We Were Promised Moon Cities

It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 put humans on the surface of the moon. Why didn’t we stay and build a more permanent lunar base? Lots of reasons.

The legs of a crash-test dummy.

A Clue to the Reason for Women’s Pervasive Car-Safety Problem

Crash-test dummies are typically models of an average man. Women are 73 percent more likely to be injured in a car accident. These things are probably connected.

The Future of the City Is Childless

America’s urban rebirth is missing something key—actual births.

a photo of graffiti in Bristol, UK

What Happens to ‘Smart Cities’ When the Internet Dies?

In the fictional dystopia of Tim Maughan’s novel Infinite Detail, our dependence on urban technology has been suddenly severed.

MapLab: Rise of the Digital Twin

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

A photo of a refrigerator at a dollar store

To Save a Neighborhood, Ban a Dollar Store?

Some local governments hope that more grocery stores will blossom in “food deserts” if the number of discount convenience retailers can be limited.

CityLab Daily: The Hidden Winners in Neighborhood Gentrification

Also: Let’s talk about zoo design, and the last vape shops in San Francisco.

A woman wheels a suitcase on a platform toward a train.

In Denmark’s Train Dream, the Next Big City Is Only an Hour Away

A newly revived rail plan could see Denmark’s trains catch up with its reputation for other types of green transit.

A Bank of America building.

Could Public Banks Help California Fund Affordable Housing?

A coalition of bank activists in ten California cities is pushing for public banks. A bill to support them is working its way through the state legislature.

A polar-bear cub sits on a rock outcropping as a crowd looks on in the background.

What Zoo Design Reveals About Human Attitudes to Nature

Author Natascha Meuser describes zoo architecture as a “masquerade” that borrows from museums, prisons, and theaters.