How ‘Social Infrastructure’ Can Knit America Together

Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People, talks about how schools, libraries, and other institutions can restore a sense of common purpose in America.

CityLab Daily: The Limits of City Power

Also: Yelp reviews can track gentrification, and the architects who made Miami “magic.”

CityLab Daily: A Year of HQ2

Also: NIMBYs dominate local meetings, and Uber tries to move past its reckless image.

How Smart Should a City Be? Toronto Is Finding Out

A data-driven “neighborhood of the future” masterminded by a Google corporate sibling, the Quayside project could be a milestone in digital-age city-building. But after a year of scandal in Silicon Valley, questions about privacy and security remain.

How Officials and Citizens Can Protect the Integrity of Their Elections

The first lines of defense aren’t particularly difficult or expensive.

CityLab Daily: Why Widening a Road Doesn’t Ease Traffic

Also: Why San Francisco opened a mock safe injection site, and Florence comes after hungry tourists.

A Second Life for Berlin’s Plattenbau

The city is looking to the ubiquitous building type from its Communist past to help solve a housing crunch.

CityLab Daily: An Exchange Program to Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide

Also: What works in creating successful civic spaces, and Chicago after Rahm Emanuel.

Children and adults sit on and around a deck with multi-colored chairs and giant LEGOs.

If You Build It, They Might Not Come: Animating City Spaces

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.

Two women talk in a park on a sunny day.

Can Exchange Programs Help Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide?

In Kentucky, a rural-urban exchange seeks to foster understanding and a shared sense of identity among participants from around the state.

CityLab Daily: Tackling the Soaring Costs of Local Elections

Also: A world-famous chef tries to solve the problem of school lunch, and what cities can do to upgrade service jobs.

Three men stand behind trays of food in a school cafeteria.

Can This Chef Solve the Problem of School Lunch?

This fall, a former chef at the world-famous restaurant Noma is piloting a new approach to school lunch in New York City.

A 7-Eleven employee puts a bottle into a paper bag.

Why Cities Must Take the Lead on Upgrading Service Jobs

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.

CityLab Daily: How America Killed Transit

Also: Labor organizing in Silicon Valley, and militarization of police isn’t making anyone safer.

A photo of the Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue.

Work Habits Are Changing: Cities Need to Keep Up

What does work sprawl mean for urban planning?

CityLab Daily: Commute Discrimination Is a Thing

Also: The path from city hall to the governor’s mansion, and rethinking Manhattan’s grid.

CityLab Daily: Will Anyone Be Held at Fault Over Flint?

Also: Racing the great Brooklyn-Queens divide, and our best-worst roommate stories.

Photo of a building with The Platform in Hebrew and English written on it.

Tel Aviv Tries to Connect an Isolated Neighborhood

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.

CityLab Daily: Struggling in a Strong Economy

Also: The politics of homeownership, and the arrival of carbon offsets for trees.

People walk and jog on a trail beneath trees with gold and yellow leaves.

Carbon Offsets for Urban Trees Are on the Horizon

Austin, Texas, and King County, Washington, are testing carbon credits for planting and protecting urban trees.