On the Job

Meet the people who keep neighborhoods running

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One Man Scours San Francisco for the Traces of Film Noir

Brian Hollins has spent the last 16 years on the trail of movie locations all over the city.

Courtesy Joel Zika

Preserving America's Spookiest Amusements

Meet the guy using high-tech tools to document rickety scare shacks.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

A Walk Through Philadelphia's Haunted Past

Ghost tours illuminate the spookier side to a city’s history.

Courtesy Viviane Topp

Inside Manhattan's Underground Laser Laboratory

Dr. Laser has been crafting holograms for four decades.

Jason Siegel/CityLab

Why This Weird Little Rubber Stamp Shop Leaves a Lasting Impression

J.C. Casey treats his store like a pub.

Eillie Anzilotti/CityLab

How an Old-World Bakery Stays Relevant

The 100-year-old Orwashers in New York City takes a creative approach to sourcing locally.

Aatish Nath

Underwater With the Fisherwomen of Japan

Meet the ama keeping an ancient profession alive.

Sunaina Kumar

At the Wheel With Delhi's Lone Woman Bus Driver

Riders can't help but notice Vankadarath Saritha.

Thessa Lageman

The Crew Bringing Recycling to Tunis

Meet the volunteers working to curb the city’s teeming garbage problem.

Naves Chitrakar/Reuters

Rescuing Wildlife in the Middle of Bangalore

Citizen scientists and government agencies are joining forces to save animals from the path of urbanization.

Tanvi Misra/CityLab

On the Streets With a Newspaper Vendor Trying to Sell His Story

A walk with Robert Williams, who sells the Street Sense paper made by and for the homeless in Washington, D.C.

Ruben's Elevator/Dress Code

The Last Elevator Operator in Los Angeles

A short film pays tribute to 75-year-old Ruben Pardo, who drives the elevator up and down a Wilshire Boulevard building six days a week.

Jake Austin/Shower to the People

Bringing Showers on Wheels to the Homeless

People can line up to rinse off in a truck making its way through St. Louis.


To Court a Skeptical Public, New York Sends Wi-Fi Ambassadors

As LinkNYC rolls out through the city, guides take to the streets to demonstrate how to use the free network.

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Holding Down the Hot Dog Cart Amid New York's Street Food Wars

Faced with the threat of tickets and confiscated goods, vendors struggle to find legitimacy and make ends meet.

Eillie Anzilotti/CityLab

A Local Grocery Store Unchanged Since 1939

John Cortese, 92, has been working at Golden Gate Fancy Fruits & Vegetables in Brooklyn since he was 14 years old.

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Toronto Fights Fare Dodging With Friendly Faces

The TTC is trying to crack down on fare evasion on streetcars—as nicely as possible.

David Hill

Why Bartenders and Firefighters Are Practicing Yoga at Work

A handful of programs aim to bring mind-body awareness to grueling urban jobs.

Chryselle D'Silva Dias

The Typewriter Industry Is Still Hanging On in India

A small repair shop in Panjim has tinkered with the machines for over four decades.