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A Vancouver house designed in a modern style

How Cities Get 'Granny Flats' Wrong

A Vancouver designer says North American cities need bolder policies to realize the potential of accessory dwellings.

Mayoral Powers in the Age of New Localism

U.S. mayors are on the front lines of major global and societal change. It’s time for them to lead beyond the limits of their formal powers.

Barbara Kruger's 2016 mural "Untitled (Blind Idealism Is...)," as seen from the High Line.

The High Line Is Trolling Us

New York City's elevated park boasts a seductive collection of public art, with a striking message about urban displacement.

One of Richard Hambleton's "Shadowmen"

The 'Shadowmen' Who Preyed on Urban Fear

Richard Hambleton was a pioneering street artist in 1980s New York. His haunting works didn’t call attention to the city’s high crime—they piggybacked on it.

The Cracks in the Melting Pot

Cities are supposed to be the antidote for America’s growing racial divides. But diversity isn’t enough.

Don't Believe the Microtransit Hype

Minibus startups like Chariot aren’t succeeding. But transit shouldn’t be judged on whether it turns a profit.

An illustration of a fork, knife, and spoon above a map of Detroit

The Whitewashing of Detroit's Culinary Scene

The much-lauded buffet of haute restaurants is almost exclusively white in a breathtakingly black city. That’s a big problem.

A residential neighborhood destroyed by the Tubbs Fire is seen along Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa, California.

8 Lessons for Building Resiliency After the California Wildfires

We need to get smarter before the next major disaster.

The Angriest Librarian Is Full of Hope

After his profanity-laced tweetstorm went viral last week, Portland student librarian Alex Halpern found himself speaking up for his embattled profession.

The Refugee Crisis Is a City Crisis

World leaders are negotiating a global compact on refugees. Urban leaders need a seat at that table.

Ferguson, Missouri

Why We Must Save Small Black Cities

Some urbanists believe large cities should subsume the small black cities in their orbit. But that won’t erase a legacy of discrimination.

One of the Greatest Threats to Our Lifespans Is Loneliness

What would society be like if health insurers and public bodies invested as much in encouraging social encounters as exercise and good diet?

Stop One-Party Rule in Big Cities

A former Democratic mayor argues that his party’s grip on urban politics needs to end.

Protesters block a bus carrying police from moving after the acquittal of Jason Stockley.

Why the Fight for Better Transit is Part of the Fight for Racial Equity

There are two things that I want desperately: justice, and better public transit.

The Other Side of Brain Drain

Cities are rightfully concerned about losing well-educated residents and high-paying jobs. But sometimes, they come back.

A homeless man sits along a sidewalk on East 42nd Street in the Manhattan borough of New York.

America Can't Fix Poverty Until It Stops Hating Poor People

A bipartisan plea to stop “othering” those living on the economic margins.

Construction cranes work on towers of a portion of a new cable-stayed bridge, a public project that is being built to replace the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River.

How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work

PPPs hold big promise for projects in urban America—if Congress eliminates regulations and perverse incentives.  

No, Urban Tech Startups Aren't Transforming All American Cities

If you live in a mid-sized city like Akron, the battles over Airbnb and Uber have likely had little impact on your life.

A cargo ship outside the port of San Juan in Puerto Rico.

Stop Beating Up on the Jones Act

Yes, it’s an obscure maritime law that you might not have heard of before this week. It’s also helping to protect the lives of U.S. sailors.

Why the Future Looks Like Pittsburgh

The city’s rise as a global innovation city reflects decades of investment in emerging technology, a new Brookings report says.