A judge in her robe sits at a desk facing two women whose backs are to the camera.

Judged in the Court of Public Support

Participants and graduation, instead of defendants and parole. Since April, Redmond, Washington’s, new community court has focused on assistance rather than punishment.

CityLab Daily: The Speedy Rise of Slow AVs

Also: A short guide to Tulsa’s $465 million park, and the toxic legacy of urban industry.

The Curse of America’s Illogical School-Day Schedule

It starts too early for teens’ sleep patterns, and ends too early for working parents. Does the country have to be stuck with it?

CityLab Daily: Do Businesses Need Rent Control?

Also: D.C.’s heated battle over tipped workers, and what Republican mayors said at the climate summit.

CityLab Daily: The Truth About the Urban-Rural Divide

Also: How Boston got its “T,” and remembering the “mother of all pandemics.”

CityLab Daily: Take a Trip to ‘Nostalgiaville’

Also: Doug Ford blows up Toronto’s city council, and another threat to Carolina’s lowcountry.

CityLab Daily: Why Do NIMBYs Hate Developers So Much?

Also: Hurricane Florence fueled a pop-up micro-economy, and the bodega signmakers of New York.

CityLab Daily: Why Won’t Ben Carson Confront Discrimination?

Also: Mapping the unequal burden of Hurricane Florence, and the trouble with TIF.

Construction site of Athletes' Village for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

What Will It Take to Make Buildings Carbon Neutral?

Last month, 19 cities signed a declaration to make all new buildings carbon neutral by 2030. So what happens next?

A family enjoy popsicles at Chicago's Navy Pier.

The Trouble With TIF

Cities love to use Tax Increment Financing to boost development. Should they?

CityLab Daily: Rural Carolinas Brace for Impact

Also: California’s new clean-energy commitment, and how local food tests political candidates.

CityLab Daily: Better Public Transit Means Fewer Traffic Deaths

Also: The power of “social infrastructure,” and a daring experiment in digital democracy.

Is This Experiment in Digital Democracy Too Crazy to Work?

A startup called Voatz wants to build an unhackable way to vote over the internet. What could possibly go wrong?

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.