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Hope You Aren't Counting on Getting a Tax Refund This Winter

Millions of low-income households rely on the Earned Income Tax Credit to help them get through the winter. Too bad most IRS workers are furloughed.

CityLab Daily: The Life and Death of an American Tent City

Also: Could “human composting” mean better death? And what Copenhagen wants from its man-made islands.

Will Copenhagen’s Eco-Friendly Man-Made Islands Pay Off?

The Danish capital is expanding its land mass and creating climate resiliency. But is it sustainable?

The London Underground Has a Nasty Pollution Problem

Pollution in some Underground stations is up to 30 times worse than what you’d find on the average London street, a new Transport for London study shows.

The Life and Death of an American Tent City

Over a period of seven months, a vast temporary facility built to hold migrant children emerged in the Texas border town of Tornillo. And now, it’s almost gone.

Federal Government Administers Many Tribal Nation Services: So What Now?

U.S. treaties guarantee services to Native Americans, many administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agencies affected by the shutdown.

The Fellowship of the Ring Finders

A website connects people who have misplaced their rings with metal detectorists who know where to look.

A photo of a CitiBike in New York City

Why Do Cities Discount Public Input in Expanding Bikeshare Systems?

Under 10 percent of new Citi Bike and Divvy bike docks are sited where residents suggested using interactive online maps, a new study shows. But that doesn't mean city officials weren't listening.

An artist's rendering of a proposed "human composting" facility, with skylights, plants, and benches.

Could ‘Human Composting’ Mean a Better, Greener Death?

As Washington State considers legalizing human composting, advocate Katrina Spade explains the process as a needed alternative to standard burial and cremation.

CityLab Daily: The L.A. Teachers Strike Isn’t Just About Wages

Also: Seattle braces for traffic doom, and hard lessons from Baltimore’s bus redesign.

A photo of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct

As an Elevated Highway Closes, Seattle Braces for Traffic Hell

By closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle ushers in a period of short-term commuter pain for long-term waterfront redevelopment gain.

The Truth About the Gig Economy

Uber and similar companies aren’t driving huge changes in the way that Americans make a living.

A photo of people waiting for a bus in Baltimore, MD.

Hard Lessons From Baltimore’s Bus Redesign

After losing a $2.9 billion light-rail project, the transit-dependent city got a rebooted bus system. But ridership and reliability has barely budged.

California’s New Governor Would Punish Cities Over Affordable Housing

Gavin Newsom wants to withhold transportation funds from areas that don't meet housing targets. But some worry that could punish California’s poorest.

CityLab Daily: Why Cities, Not Individuals, Should Shovel Snowy Sidewalks

Also: Making opportunity zones work in Chicago, and the language debate inside Japan's convenience stores.

L.A. teachers holding solidarity signs.

The Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike: It's Not Just About Wages

Members of the largest Los Angeles teachers’ union plan to walk out of LAUSD classrooms. Some demands: smaller classes, more resources, better pay.

The Quiet Ways Automation Is Remaking Service Work

Workers may not be replaced by robots anytime soon, but they’ll likely face shorter hours, lower pay, and stolen time.

Two men plant a young tree in a lot in Detroit.

Why Detroit Residents Pushed Back Against Tree-Planting

Detroiters were refusing city-sponsored “free trees.” A researcher found out the problem: She was the first person to ask them if they wanted them.

The ‘Driverless Experience’ Looks Awfully Distracting

At CES 2019, carmakers showed off vehicles with perfume-puffing headrests, augmented-reality video displays, and all manner of in-car entertainment.