Also: Transit-oriented development without displacement, and a busy street becomes a work of art.

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What We’re Following

Get smart: Atlanta officials worked through the weekend to recover from a cyberattack that has paralyzed critical municipal services for more than a week. A group of hackers held the aspiring smart city’s systems hostage starting March 22, demanding $51,000 in Bitcoin to return things to normal. Experts aren’t all that surprised though; they’ve been warning about the threat for years. CityLab’s Linda Poon speaks with a cybersecurity expert about why cities need to get serious: “If a serious attacker proposed to bring down a city, they could do it.”

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

How Transit-Oriented Development Can Prevent Displacement

Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood has shown all the economic signs of gentrification without losing its majority-Latino population.

Benjamin Schneider

Giving a Memphis Hero the Recognition He Deserves

In 1925, Tom Lee—a black man who couldn’t swim—saved 32 white people from a sinking ship in the Mississippi River. Memphis’s unfortunate attempt to honor him and the decline of his own neighborhood speaks to the city’s ongoing struggle to become a more equitable place.

Martha Park

It's Going to Be Hard for Cleveland to Get Rid of Chief Wahoo

Research on the relationship between mascots and fandom shows just how tricky it is to truly eradicate a mascot from a region's collective identity.

Kelly Michael Young

Turning a Busy Street Into a Work of Art in Santiago

In Chile’s capital, artists occupied a temporarily closed street to create a bright pedestrian promenade. But its future is uncertain.

Martín Echenique

Life for Residents Near Hog Farms Just Got Much Worse

It just became much easier for large livestock operations to pollute near people’s homes.

Tom Philpott


Transit Madness

Bracket for the World Cup of Transit Maps

Transit nerds of the world unite—then fight! Transit Maps is hosting a World Cup of Transit Maps, pitting 32 rail-system maps against each other in a knock-out tournament on Twitter. The first rounds—New York vs. Delhi, and London vs. Istanbul—start on Wednesday at 6 a.m. and noon at Pacific Daylight Time. CityLab classic: Can you guess the city by its transit stops?


What We’re Reading

Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark’s killing remain tense (Washington Post)

China and Millennials will save the electric car (Wired)

Teens are updating the New York subway’s Wikipedia pages (New York Times)

New York City pilot gives bikes a head start like pedestrians (Streetsblog)

How Nashville became one big bachelorette party (BuzzFeed News)


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