The city is looking to the ubiquitous building type from its Communist past to help solve a housing crunch.
Also: What works in creating successful civic spaces, and Chicago after Rahm Emanuel.
Why do revamped areas remain barren after so much thought and money are put into redesigning them? A case study in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers clues.
In Kentucky, a rural-urban exchange seeks to foster understanding and a shared sense of identity among participants from around the state.
Also: A world-famous chef tries to solve the problem of school lunch, and what cities can do to upgrade service jobs.
This fall, a former chef at the world-famous restaurant Noma is piloting a new approach to school lunch in New York City.
Millions of U.S. workers hold insecure jobs that don’t pay enough to support a family. That needs to change, and cities can lead the way.
Also: Labor organizing in Silicon Valley, and militarization of police isn’t making anyone safer.
What does work sprawl mean for urban planning?
Also: The path from city hall to the governor’s mansion, and rethinking Manhattan’s grid.
Also: Racing the great Brooklyn-Queens divide, and our best-worst roommate stories.
The Platform, a tech center and community hub, opened last year in former bus station offices with the goal of invigorating the low-income Neve Shaanan neighborhood.
Also: The politics of homeownership, and the arrival of carbon offsets for trees.
Austin, Texas, and King County, Washington, are testing carbon credits for planting and protecting urban trees.
The I Promise school’s five-year plan, published here in full, details its ambitions to do much more than just educate its students.
Also: The benefits of living near your parents, and how America became a nation of mattress stores.
After the destruction of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys Community Land Trust started building affordable cottages that can withstand the next storm.
Also: Let’s rethink what a “bike lane” is, and using city hall as a homeless shelter.
Also: Is the fight for fair housing over? And which cities give you the most bang for your buck?
Also: Chasing the only electric Citi Bike in Manhattan, and Aretha Franklin’s Memphis home could be the new Graceland.