Is Our Green Future Battery-Powered Cities?

In episode 4 of the podcast Technopolis, we consider how energy storage could change everything about how we turn on the lights and get around town.

Local Ideas on Economic Inequality: Watch the CityLab Live Stream

Watch CityLab’s event in Washington, D.C.

Should Tech Startups Ask Permission From the Cities They Want to Disrupt?

On Episode 3 of the podcast Technopolis, we wrestle with the legacy of Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb on how startups engage with government.

A bright-pink bus, converted into a mobile restroom, awaits customers in the Indian city of Pune.

Why an Indian City Is Turning Old Buses Into Bathrooms

In Pune, refurbished buses offer something that many local women need: a clean, safe place to use the restroom away from home.

Sex, Vomit, and Criminalized Pedestrians: Is This the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

In Episode 2 of our new podcast Technopolis, we take you on a tour of autonomous vehicles’ little-considered effects.

A photo of a self-driving shuttle bus in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Gambles on a 'Smart City' Technology Makeover

The casino mecca is piloting countless new technologies in public spaces in a bid to boost its smart-city brand. Worrying about the risks will come later.  

Welcome to Technopolis

In Episode 1 of our new podcast, we ask: Why did investors pour so much money into urban tech? And is all that venture capital good for the people in cities?

Listen to Technopolis, a Podcast from CityLab

The podcast on how technology is disrupting, remaking, and sometimes overrunning our cities. Hosted by Molly Turner and Jim Kapsis.

What It Takes to Keep the Lights On in Extremely Cold Weather

There are no easy fixes, but there are some key investments and upgrades that keep things going when the weather gets rough.

Vashon Island residents work in their Emergency Operations Center to discuss how to respond should a major earthquake take place.

Preparing for ‘The Big One’ in an Isolated Island Town

Vashon Island is just a few miles from Seattle. But if a major earthquake hits, the community expects to feel a world away.

A Seattle Link light rail station that opened in 2016 at the University of Washington.

Alongside New Light Rail Stations, Seattle Plans Affordable Housing

Affordable apartments near reliable public transportation aren’t always easy to find. As Seattle expands its Link light rail, the city has codified a solution.

A woman rides a bike past a bank in Italy.

An Italian City Will Pay Residents to Ride Bikes

Similar plans have been tried in Paris, Milan, and elsewhere with mixed results. So will Bari’s cash-to-cycle program find success?

What Cities Get When They Offer Free Tech Support to Residents

Computer repair isn’t cheap—so D.C.’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer is lending its own technicians to help residents fix their devices for free.

A photo of a DART light rail train in Dallas, Texas.

What Cities Are Getting Wrong About Public Transportation

Cities could get more people walking, biking, and riding transit, according to a new report, if they just know where to look for improvement.

a photo of Chicago's South Side

How to Make Opportunity Zones Work in Chicago

The Urban Institute looks at how local leaders can get the most out of a new federal program designed to boost investment in struggling neighborhoods.

a photo of clouds hanging over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Inside the Bill That Set the ‘Strongest Clean Energy Requirement in the Nation’

Washington, D.C. is on track to set a more ambitious timeline for fighting climate change than any state.

People dance in a nightclub.

New York’s Plan to Enlist Bars in the Fight Against Sexual Harassment

Bills in the City Council would require nightlife venues to confront predatory behavior and provide bystander training for all employees.

A "Virginia is for Amazon Lovers" sign at an HQ2 press conference

Mayors Should Take a Stand Against a Future Amazon HQ2

Calling on federal government to regulate economic incentives is a cop-out. It’s time for America’s big cities and mayors to stand up to companies like Amazon.

Buying ice cream from an ice cream truck.

The Discrimination Muslim Women Face: Lessons for City Planning Outreach

It’s not just hate crimes. Muslim women in Dearborn, Michigan, say they face subtle and non-subtle discrimination while going about their daily activities.

Spain Wants to Ban Cars in Dozens of Cities, and the Public’s on Board

As Madrid bans cars in the city center, the national government plans to do the same in more than 100 other places. A new survey suggests broad support across the country.