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MapLab: Satellites on Fire

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

The Cities Where You Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

There may be another metro within a day’s drive where the costs of living are a lot lower and salaries go a lot further. Is is worth moving?

Tong-Wielding ‘Trash Runners’ Fight Litter in Shanghai

Picking up trash while jogging is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but in Shanghai, it’s an increasingly popular way to socialize (and keep litter in check).

The Mass Grave Beneath a Texas Suburb

The recent discovery of bodies of black prison laborers beneath a construction site in Sugar Land, Texas, is forcing the state to confront its difficult history.

CityLab Daily: Where’s the Transit Money?

Also: What brought down the bridge in Genoa? And Ben Carson is a YIMBY now.

The $1.4 Billion Transit Fund the U.S. Government Won’t Release

From El Paso to Minneapolis, local rail and bus projects are waiting on federal money that should have arrived by now.

Building London’s Town of the Future

A 1970 film celebrates the construction of Thamesmead, the largest housing project development in the city’s history.

The collapsed Morandi Bridge in the Italian city of Genoa.

What Brought Down This Bridge in Genoa?

The disaster has focused attention on the state of infrastructure built during the nation’s postwar boom.

An Impressive, Unnecessary, Multi-City Bridge

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is little more than propaganda announcing the unity of China and her former colonies, despite their very different historic, legal, and even transportation backgrounds.

Ben Carson Is a YIMBY Now and Everything's Confusing

The HUD secretary's new attempt to roll back an Obama-era fair-housing rule has him wading into battle against exclusionary zoning.

Traditional taxis vie for street space with ride-hailing vehicles from Uber and Lyft in New York City.

Why Reining in Ride Hailing Is So Critical

City leaders need to reckon with the reality that sometimes shared ride services are not part of the answer to urban congestion, argues transportation researcher Bruce Schaller.

An aerial view of the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California.

Why Some Startups Move to the Bay Area (But Most Stay Put)

A new study explores startup migration and the benefits it brings.

CityLab Daily: Scooters on Strike

Also: The Bronx: Don’t call it a comeback, and the science behind biking’s most-feared crash.

Roselyn Grullon, Amaurys Grullon, and Josue Caceres in front of their shop, Bronx Native on Lincoln Avenue. It is one of the new businesses by Bronx locals hoping to take control of the changes in the borough.

The Bronx: Don’t Call It a Comeback

These Bronx natives have been here for years. In the midst of rapid gentrification, they say they are taking control and offering the borough cultural experiences that as youngsters, they had to venture downtown to find.

Reclaiming Riga’s Soviet Architecture

One group is working with landlords and city officials to solidify the future of the Latvian capital’s suburban concrete relics.

Here Comes Amsterdam’s Man-Made Island for Sustainable, Affordable Housing

Centrumeiland will soon hold hundreds of affordable homes with the lightest of possible carbon footprints.

Science Tackles the ‘Right Hook,’ Biking’s Most-Feared Crash

Toronto researchers used eye-tracking devices to determine whether motorists were looking for bicycles when they turned right. Most weren’t.

A demonstrator dressed as Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest speaks with fellow protesters, Oct. 13, 2017. The Tennessee Historical Commission denied a request from the city of Memphis to remove a statue of Forrest from a city park.

Courts to Memphis: No, Spying on Protesters Is Not Good Police Work

A judge rejects the city of Memphis’s argument that an unpermitted protest is unlawful and therefore fair game for police surveillance.

An illustration of multiple people in a small room

The Strange, Unique Intimacy of the Roommate Relationship

More and more American adults are sharing their homes with people other than family members or spouses—an arrangement that can be anywhere from harmonious to downright hostile.

CityLab Daily: How D.C. Drowned Out the White Nationalists

Also: Is this America’s nicest bus station? And five designs that help kids navigate cities.