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London's Starbucks Could Use Some Racial Bias Training, Too

But in the U.K., most customers of the embattled coffee chain think that the profiling and mistreatment of African Americans is “a uniquely American thing.”

Getting High is a Civil Right

James Foreman Jr.’s book Locking Up Our Own, which won a Pulitzer prize this week, shows how plans to decriminalize cannabis to help black people were derailed in Washington, D.C. in 1975, by black people.

A teacher and students during an earthquake drill in Los Angeles in 2015

The U.S. Is Finally Getting a System to Warn When an Earthquake Is Coming

But will its alerts come in enough time to make a difference?

CityLab Daily: 'A Check Against Tyranny'

Also: 1,000 strangers talk race in Los Angeles, and the weirdest Earth Day celebrations.

A California resident protesting law enforcement actions against medical marijuana outside the federal courthouse in Sacramento, California in 2011.

Before They Were Anti-Sanctuary, They Were Anti-Cannabis

To understand legal battles over California’s sanctuary state policies, look to the historical struggle over cannabis legislation.

A woman talks on her cell phone in front of a window displaying many skyscrapers

Does a Higher Building Elevation Lead to More Risk-Taking?

A new study suggests that being on a higher floor in a building increases a person’s willingness to take financial risks.  

Lyft Delivers Carbon-Neutral Rides

The ride-hailing company announced on Thursday that it plans to become one of the largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the world.

Naked cyclists ride down Lombard Street in San Francisco.

The Weirdest Ways That U.S. Cities Are Celebrating Earth Day

From group oyster-shell bagging to a naked bike ride, some Earth Day events are more colorful than the standard festivals and tree plantings.

What Drives the Black-White Wealth Gap?

A new paper debunks various myths about the wealth gap between blacks and whites in the United States, and the methods for bridging it.

Dutch Cities Don't Love Weed

The Hague’s new ban on the public consumption is the latest signal of the country’s waning tolerance. It could also be a step toward a happier medium.

Seven diners gathered at the home of Veronica Perez, center, on Tuesday night in downtown L.A.

What Happens When 1,000 Strangers Talk Race In L.A.?

Angelenos gathered at 100 dinners this week through a city-backed initiative to spark civic and civil dialogue.

A for sale sign in Carpentersville, Ill., a town with a population that is approximately 50 percent Hispanic.

U.S. Homebuying Slows Down, But Not for Hispanics

During 2017, more than 167,000 Latinos became homeowners, significantly contributing to the country's economy. However, doubts around immigration issues make their future in the real estate market uncertain.

CityLab Daily: Don't Be a Jerk

Also: The rise of the rest (of the world), and why newspaper websites are so horrible.

Three Years After His Death, Freddie Gray's Neighborhood Faces a New Loss

Baltimore plans to partially demolish Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex that was once the focus of protests.

The central business district in Beijing, one of the world's emerging tech hubs

The Rise of the Rest (of the World)

American cities still have the edge when it comes to high-tech startups and venture capital, but other parts of the world are rapidly catching up.

Why Are Newspaper Websites So Horrible?

The pop-up ads! The autoplaying videos!

Europe Was Once Obsessed With Fake Dilapidated Buildings

Decadence, awe, and jealousy inspired a strange 18th-century architectural trend.

A large apartment building cleanly divided by a gaping hole in the middle.

Dead Brutalist Buildings

A new show uses photographs of concrete buildings in their final days to argue for their preservation.

Bexaida Torres stands in the door of what is left of her home after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Is Hit by a Total Blackout

Almost seven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is experiencing a complete power outage. The island’s electricity provider said it will take from 24 to 36 hours to bring power back across the U.S. territory.

New 'Mutant Enzymes' Could Solve Earth's Plastics Problem

Scientists accidentally created an enzyme that can break down plastic. But is it any better than recycling?