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Poems That Show How Gentrification Is Personal

To close out National Poetry Month, we rounded up poems that translate gentrification and the housing crisis into personal terms.

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How to Disappear

Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

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The Rituals of Coney Island's Opening Day

For locals, the urban amusement park season starts months before summer’s peak.

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The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park

Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t).

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What Being a Rock Star Teaches You About Practical Urbanism

The Magnetic Fields cellist Sam Davol applies insights about learning in public spaces, picked up on the road, to New York and beyond.

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Not Just Another Art Gallery in a Gentrifying Neighborhood

“I don’t want to presume that I'm bringing cultural equity that didn’t exist before,” says Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, the curator of We Buy Gold.

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These Sleek Soup Kitchens Fight Hunger and Loneliness

Chef Massimo Bottura’s Refettorios will soon land in U.S. cities to fight food waste and isolation, thanks to a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Crowd & the Cloud

Citizen Science in the Age of the Cloud

A new documentary series celebrates regular folks interacting with data, but leaves some big questions answered.

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When Your City Is Gone

A new book invites Seattle residents to conjure the haunts that have vanished.

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In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.

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When Women Walk the City

In a new book, the writer Lauren Elkin excavates the female flâneur in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Venice, and London.

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Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

Why does school start so early? Blame 1970s planning.

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What's Better Exercise: Biking or Walking?

CityLab investigated this workout showdown.

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The Play Area Bringing Music and Light to New Orleans's Lower Ninth

A design firm worked with residents of the Katrina-ravaged neighborhood to create a rare play space for kids and families.    

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This Is Your Brain on Nature

Urban green space is a balm for all sorts of stuff. In a new book, The Nature Fix, Florence Williams makes the case for why we should all be spending more time outside.

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When St. Patrick's Day Revelry Overwhelms a Neighborhood

An influx of partygoers presents tricky logistical questions for enclaves that see their numbers swell.

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Sense and the City

How did 18th-century urban dwellers make sense of their loud and stinky worlds? Historian Carolyn Purnell explains.

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Muslims of New York

A new photography exhibit shows that being Muslim and being American are not mutually exclusive.