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Who’s Really Buying Property in San Francisco?

A lot of software developers, according to an unprecedented new analysis.

CityLab Daily: HUD Wants to Restrict Assistance for Immigrants

Also: The many lives of Notre-Dame, and designing a human habitat on the moon.

Will Ottawa Ever Get Its Light Rail?

Sinkholes, winter-weary trains, and political upheaval have held the Confederation Line light-rail transit back from a seriously overdue opening.

Maria Romano stands behind one of her three children, Jennifer, 10, as she gets something to eat in their Harlem apartment in New York Thursday, June 3, 2005

Why HUD Wants to Restrict Assistance for Immigrants

A proposal by Ben Carson’s agency would eject immigrant families from public housing to make way for the "most vulnerable." Housing advocates aren't buying it.

Electric Scooters Aren’t a Transportation Revolution Yet

New data show a staggering rise in shared dockless e-scooter use nationwide. But commuting habits have seen little change since the dawn of micromobility.

A photo of a model of a church created by a young person held at Tornillo detention facility in El Paso, when it was operational.

In a Border Detention Center, Art Helps Migrant Kids Remember Home

A new exhibit in El Paso showcases works of art created by children detained in a massive border encampment of migrants in Tornillo, Texas.

a photo of a man surveying a home garage.

How Single-Family Garages Can Ease California's Housing Crisis

Given the affordable housing crisis, California cities should encourage single-family homeowners to convert garages into apartments and accessory dwelling units.

Solar panels on a New York City rooftop.

New York City Passes Sweeping Climate Legislation

The Climate Mobilization Act lays the groundwork for New York City’s own Green New Deal.

a rendering of the moon village with a view of Earth

Designing the First Full-Time Human Habitat on the Moon

SOM, in partnership with the ESA and MIT, wants to accommodate research and maybe even tourism on the moon.

The Many Lives of Notre-Dame

Far from being a single author’s definitive text, the beloved cathedral’s history is a palimpsest.

CityLab Daily: Smaller Cities Gain Traction in Big Tech

Also: D.C.’s go-go- showdown, and cemeteries become art galleries.

Tech workers sit around a table on their laptops in San Francisco, California

America’s Tech Hubs Still Dominate, But Some Smaller Cities Are Rising

Despite established urban tech hubs, some smaller cities are attracting high-tech jobs with lower living costs, unique talent pools, and geographic diversity.

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Conversations With D.C. Uber Drivers Reveal Stress and Debt

A new report from Georgetown University reveals wage and other challenges faced by Uber drivers in Washington, D.C., yet many say they plan to keep driving.

A photo of Ellicott City's Main Street

How Historic Ellicott City Plans to Survive the Next Flood

After catastrophic storms in 2016 and 2018, the Maryland mill town has five flood control plans. But it faces hard choices on how to avoid future disasters.

A tent-like pavilion with a colorful stained-glass design in a cemetery at dusk.

The New Art Galleries: Urban Cemeteries

With their long-dead inhabitants remembered only foggily, historic cemeteries like Mount Auburn and Green-Wood use art to connect to the living.

Segregation Is Preventable. Congress Just Isn’t Trying.

Again and again, federal efforts to promote integration have been whittled down almost to nothing.

The facade of a casino in Atlantic City.

Photographing the Trumpian Urbanism of Atlantic City

Brian Rose’s new book uses the deeply troubled New Jersey city as a window into how a developer-turned-president operates.

a photo of a Metro PCS store in Washington, D.C.

What D.C.’s Go-Go Showdown Reveals About Gentrification

A neighborhood debate over music swiftly became something bigger, and louder: a cry for self-determination from a community that is struggling to be heard.

MapLab: Detroit, Best Mapped City?

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.