Also today: Modernism in London's “Metro-Land,” and letting slum residents control their own destiny.

What We’re Following

Who stops Chicago’s bleeding?: America’s third-largest city has built one of the world’s best trauma care systems—but that success might obscure the true scale of Chicago’s gun violence. In partnership with CityLab, Chicago’s Data Reporting Lab and the Center for Investigative Reporting explore a twist in the Chicago murder narrative: The decrease in gun deaths may be due to advanced medical care, not policing. Read the report on CityLab, and listen to Reveal’s podcast episode here.

Rider’s digest: The New York Times has a story today on what three far-flung cities can teach Manhattan about congestion pricing—looking at how Singapore, London, and Stockholm slapped fees on car commuting. It’s a great dive into how each place navigated a tricky policy problem (with plenty of pushback), but it also helped to go back into the CityLab archives to learn more about each place’s traffic. Here’s a pick from each city in the piece:

  • Singapore: With traffic tracking everywhere, what’s it mean to be in a “city of sensors?”
  • London: Traffic is still out of control in London. Now what?
  • Stockholm: Stockholm stokes a friendly rivalry in the quest to go car-free.

    Andrew Small


    More on CityLab

    Modernism in London's 'Metro-Land'

    Linked to the urban core by state-of-the-art electric trains by 1900, this area was in many ways a harbinger of a cleaner, brighter future.

    Feargus O'Sullivan

    Letting Slum Residents Control Their Own Destiny

    At UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum 9, a pressing question was how to integrate informal settlements into the formal city. Community land trusts might be the way to start.

    Anthony Flint

    How Two Midwest Cities Are Handling Rohingya Resettlement

    In Chicago, the Rohingya have seen deep communal and governmental support to acclimate to life in the states, and to advocate for their people from abroad. In Milwaukee, the community hopes to follow suit.

    Rebecca Holland

    The 'Most Hopeful' New Housing in Turkey

    Twenty years after being displaced by an earthquake, families in Düzce, Turkey, are getting homes that they helped design and build themselves.

    Jennifer Hattam

    Wakanda: The Chocolatest City

    The new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther shows the benefits and the risks associated with sustaining and protecting a majority-black community.  

    Brentin Mock


    The Temps of Our Lives

    Screenshot of Climate Life Events chart
    (Created by Greg Schivley, inspired by Sophie Lewis)

    Climate change hits home with this clever climate life events tool from Greg Schivley, a civil and environmental engineering PhD. student at Carnegie Mellon University. Enter some key birth dates to project how the climate will have changed from your grandma’s birth to when your kids retire. The chart’s temperature changes are based on NASA’s historical and projected climate scenarios. CityLab context: Can cities meet the Paris climate commitments on their own?


    What We’re Reading

    Silicon Valley envisions a start-up city, built from scratch. What could go wrong? (New York Times)

    Fire escapes are evocative, but useless (The Atlantic)

    Cities may need to act on climate change—or see their bond ratings drop (PRI)

    Why tipping is bad for America (Eater)

    The American household is changing—and our housing should too (Fast Company)


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