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A man sleeping on a sidewalk in Los Angeles.

The White House Is Planning a Federal Intervention on California Homelessness

President Trump reportedly ordered officials to wade into the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. But local leaders are wary of federal involvement.

America’s Transportation History is Full of Mistakes. Let’s Not Make Another One.

Instead of battling it out, cities and private mobility companies have an opportunity to work together and lay the foundation for a multimodal future.

A photo of President Donald Trump displaying an altered map of Hurricane Dorian's anticipated track on September 4.

Yes, Maps Can Lie. But Not Like This.

Mark Monmonier, the author of How to Lie With Maps, has seen a lot of misleading and deceptive maps. But Trump’s doctored Dorian forecast is a new one.

A modest one-story home and a driveway leading to a garage behind it.

What Makes Silicon Valley Different?

Historian Margaret O’Mara talks about her new book The Code and how Silicon Valley has maintained its competitive edge in high tech.

CityLab Daily: From Dead Store to ‘Social Infrastructure’

Also: When concrete looks like crumpled paper, and a train station enrages Paris.

How Architects Are Making Concrete Walls Look Like Crumpled Paper

“We’re pushing the limits of what this material can do,” says a designer behind the Kennedy Center’s new building, describing its experimental concrete treatments.

a photo of Boston's CultureHouse.

From Dead Store to Pop-Up ‘Social Infrastructure’

A Boston nonprofit called CultureHouse is demonstrating how empty storefronts can be transformed into instant “social infrastructure.”

a photo of the Gare Du Nord as it will look from Rue de Saint-Quentin after redevelopment.

Why a Train Station Addition Has Parisians Outraged

The plan for a shopping-mall-like extension to the city’s 19th-century Gare du Nord is "inacceptable," a group of 19 architects say.

CityLab Daily: The Life-Saving Benefits of ‘Superblocks’

Also: Where job growth is outpacing new homes, and the simple pleasures of urban foraging.

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After Amazon’s HQ2 Retreat, New York State Lawmakers Target ‘Corporate Welfare’

Democrats in Albany have introduced and are drafting various bills that seek to regulate economic development incentives.

The City Has Food to Share. Do You Know Where to Find It?

A New York-based design duo proposes a “forage beacon” that makes it clear when food—like fruit, nuts, and vegetables—is ripe and safe to eat in the city.

Why Are America’s Three Biggest Metros Shrinking?

After a post-recession boomlet, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas are all seeing their population decline.

A photo of a man along a walkway near a beach in Barcelona.

The Life-Saving Benefits of Barcelona’s Car-Free ‘Superblocks’

A new study estimates that a citywide plan to limit cars and capture nearly 70 percent of street space for bikes and pedestrians could save 667 lives per year.

A multi-family home being built next to a single-family home in Seattle.

The Cities Where Job Growth Is Outpacing New Homes

Coastal metros are building more multi-family units than in the past, but it's still not enough. Meanwhile, in some Sun Belt metros, new building outpaces jobs.

a photo of a man paddling his kayak down a flooded street in Charleston following Hurricane Dorian.

In Charleston, the Real Flooding Crisis Is Only Beginning

The historic South Carolina city escaped the worst of the latest storm, but rising seas and an aging drainage system may soon bring chronic inundation.

CityLab Daily: Who’s Ready for the Electric Moped Moment?

Also: A solution for empty churches, and a tip for buying your first home.

A small, sculptural concrete building standing beside Washington's Kennedy Center.

The Kennedy Center’s ‘Reach’ Expansion Is a Beautiful Maze

The new addition to D.C.’s performing-arts behemoth strives to create a sense of lightness, movement, and intimacy—qualities that the original building lacks.

a photo of the interior of a vacant church in Buffalo, NY

One Solution for America’s Empty Churches: a Change of Faith

On Buffalo’s East Side, long-vacant churches are finding new uses as mosques and temples. But faith-to-faith conversions can be controversial.

an illustration depicting the 1527 "Carta Marina" map

The Renaissance Map That Filled My Childhood With Monsters

Growing up amid the political conflict in Northern Ireland, a 16th-century map that blended real and mythical monsters spoke to my fears and fascinations.