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Science Tackles the Nasty ‘Right Hook,’ Biking’s Most-Feared Crash

Toronto researchers used eye-tracking devices to determing whether motorists were looking for bicycles when they turned right. Most weren’t.<p>Bicyclists know it as the dreaded “right hook”—a driver passing a cyclist on the left turns directly in front the rider while making a right turn. It’s among …

Bike Lanes

Courts to Memphis: No, Spying on Protesters Is Not Good Police Work

A judge rejects the city of Memphis’s argument that an unpermitted protest is unlawful and therefore fair game for police surveillance.<p>For months now the city of Memphis has been arguing that the surveillance its police department has been conducting on protesters, namely Black Lives Matter …

Rights & Freedoms

CityLab Daily: How D.C. Drowned Out the White Nationalists

Also: Is this America’s nicest bus station? And five designs that help kids navigate cities.<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Drowned out:</b> No one knew what to expect when white nationalists got a permit to reprise Charlottesville’s chaotic Unite the Right rally in Washington, D.C.. The rally’s organizers had put …

Demonstration

Behold San Francisco's $2 Billion Bus Station

The Salesforce Transit Center, San Francisco’s new bus and (someday) high-speed rail terminal, has been billed as the Grand Central Station of the West. But it might just become the Bay Area’s answer to the High Line.<p>On Saturday, downtown San Francisco got a new transit center and a new park at the …

San Francisco

Why D.C. Drowned Out the White Nationalists

The second Unite the Right rally saw an emaciated turnout. But residents of Washington, D.C., have something of a tradition of showing up to oppose white supremacists.<p>Jason Kessler and his small group of white nationalist supporters were greeted with hostility the moment they stepped out of the …

Rights & Freedoms

Gasping for Air in India’s Industrial North

Air pollution kills one million Indians annually. In the northern city of Patna, the toxic air shaves an average of four years off residents’ lives.<p><i>This story originally appeared on Undark and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>At the railway hospital in Patna, India …

Pollution

How Kids Learn to Navigate the City (and the World), in Five Designs

Critic Alexandra Lange talks about the objects and places that represent a-ha moments in child-centered design.<p>In the era of Marie Kondo, the streamlining of our material lives still runs into one big obstacle: parenthood. “To have a child is to be thrown suddenly, and I found rather miraculously, …

Kids

Yes, Black People Brew Beer, Too

As craft beer breweries pop up in cities across America, Michael Potter and Day Bracey want to make sure that African American brewers are not left off the map.<p>Pittsburgh’s beer-drinking identity is either the scruffy steel worker with drops of I.C. Light splattered across his ZZ Top beard, or the …

Beer

It's Way Too Hot on the New York City Subway

Temperatures on New York City transit platforms are reaching past 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many cars aren’t much better. How did we get here?<p>Updated: August 13, 2018<p>PSA for the New York City subway crowd: Overheated platforms are a health hazard, on and off of peak commuter hours. On Thursday, …

New York City

What’s the Deal With Giant Games in Parks and Plazas?

Playable cities are here, and they want you to stay awhile.<p>A toddler, gripping a ring nearly the size of his face,stands next to a Connect Four board that’s almost twice his height. Two women reach toward a giant Jenga tower as park-goers lounge on blankets nearby.<p>These scenes, captured in photos …

Urban Design

CityLab Daily: The Politics of Transporting White Supremacists

Also: Why Philly is on the federal government’s shaming list, and the Olmsted papers you didn’t know you needed.<p><i>Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.</i><p>What We’re Following<p><b>Who gets a ride?:</b> As D.C. braces for …

White Supremacism

The Olmsted Papers You Didn’t Know You Needed

The materials, including drafts of his writings, family letters and journals, correspondences with colleagues, and project proposals, piece together a unique glimpse into the landscape architect’s creative process.<p>Frederick Law Olmsted might be best known for New York’s Central Park and …

South Park

Why Did So Many Die in Quebec’s Heat Wave?

When temperatures in Montréal spiked, living alone proved to be deadly.<p>Cities around the globe felt record-breaking, red-hot temperatures this July: In the United States, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Algeria, Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Oman, and China, the thermostat reached all-time highs.<p>In the …

Public Health

How To Ruin a Historic Town, According to 1970s British News

A clip charting the redevelopment of the city of Aylesbury shows its age.<p><i>Welcome to the latest installation of “Public Access,” where CityLab shares its favorite videos—old and new, serious and nutty—that tell a story about place.</i><p>How do you create modern facilities in a historic town? Judging by …

Buckinghamshire

The Segregation of Our Everyday Lives

A new study analyzes Twitter data and finds that racial segregation not only divides us based on where we live, but how we travel around cities.<p>American society has long been split across the fault lines of class and race. William Julius Wilson famously observed that poor African Americans who …

Urban Design

Why Philadelphia Is on the Federal Government’s Shaming List

“To be quite honest it kind of feels like they’re a bit obsessed with the city,” an immigrants’ rights activist said of the Department of Justice.<p>On Tuesday, the Department of Justice emailed a press release that started with a tweet from the Philadelphia Mayor’s deputy chief of staff.<p>In the next …

U.S. Department of Justice

CityLab Daily: New York City Just Changed the Uber Game

Also: How to build a Rust Belt art boom, and the Postal Service eyes a new demographic.<p><i>Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.</i><p>What We’re Following<p><b>Cap’s lock:</b> New York City just put the reins on ride-hailing. …

New York City

Memphis: Spying on Activists Is Just Good Police Work

As an activist, Tami Sawyer was monitored by the Memphis Police Department. She was elected to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on August 3, and can now keep track of the agents who were tracking her.<p>Democrats flipped Shelby County, Tennessee—where Memphis is located—from red to blue by …

Rights & Freedoms

How to Build a Rust Belt Art Boom

Aaron Ott, the first-ever curator of public art at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery, talks about leading an uncommon cultural initiative across Western New York.<p>As the director of the Helsinki Art Museum, which is owned and operated by city government, Janne Sirén was required to provide art for …

Streetwear

View From the Protests: Dhaka Should Go Car-Free

For nearly two weeks, Bangladesh’s capital city has been riven with protests following the death of two students in a traffic incident. A longtime Dhaka resident reports on the situation and offers a solution to the traffic problem.<p>For nearly two weeks in Dhaka, movement around the city—which is …

Roads

Ghost Bikes, Infrastructure of Grief

Part memorial, part protest symbol, these all-white bicycles mark the places where cyclists have been killed by cars.<p>Matthew Sampson didn’t know Jeffrey Hammond Long, but he made the memorial that marks his death in downtown Washington, D.C.<p>In July, Long, 36, was cycling through an intersection …

Roads

How Millennials Can Save the Postal Service

A new report suggests snail mail makes young adults feel special. USPS sees that as a chance to stage a turnaround.<p>One reason snail mail feels so good to receive is because it wasn’t easy to send. When a letter lands in your mailbox, you know the mailer put thought into it—writing a note, …

U.S. Postal Service

New York City Just Changed the Uber Game

The city council has voted to set sweeping, first-of-their-kind limits on ride-hailing services.<p>New York City muscled up against ride-hailing. Now it’s time to see what ride-hailing has up its sleeve.<p>In a much-anticipated vote Wednesday afternoon, theNew York City Council moved to impose a slate of …

Transportation

CityLab Daily: Look to the Suburbs

Also: More cities want “democracy vouchers,” and why this housing spike is different.<p><i>Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.</i><p>What We’re Following<p><b>What’s next, special elex:</b> You’ve certainly heard about the …

Housing

Climate Report: Not Good

In a week full of climate-related terrors, don’t expect to find much good news in the American Meteorological Society’s annual report card on the state of the planet.<p>For the past 28 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) …

Climate Change

More Cities Want to Embrace ‘Democracy Vouchers’

Following Seattle’s example, other cities want to give voters cash vouchers to donate to local candidates.<p>In 2017, Seattle rolled out “democracy vouchers”—a program through which it would give eligible residents vouchers totaling $100 to donate to the local candidate of their choice. Candidates who …

Campaign Finance

Who Owns a Home in America, in 12 Charts

Many homeownership trends have remained largely the same since 1960—with a few noteworthy shifts.<p>Updated: August 08, 2018<p>America is, by and large, a nation of homeowners. Though more than 100 million Americans rent, they’re outnumbered two-to-one by Americans who own their own home, according to …

Demographics

CityLab Daily: Stopping White Supremacists From Taking Over an American City Again

Also: A shakeout for dockless bikesharing, and the global tourism backlash.<p><i>Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.</i><p>What We’re Following<p><b>A grim anniversary:</b> It’s been almost a year since white supremacists tore …

White Supremacism

How a New Park Fits Detroit’s Plan to Bring Its Neighborhoods Back

The reuse of over a dozen vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood illustrates the city’s holistic approach to redevelopment outside of downtown.<p>It’s been a week since Ella Fitzgerald Park opened inDetroit. It’s named after the storied jazz and blues singer who made a career in nearby clubs, but …

Murals

This Housing Price Spike Is Different

In cities nationwide, home prices are at or above their pre-recession levels. But it’s no bubble.<p>Housing prices are cooking. Across the nation, the price of homes is rising faster than the rate of inflation—in some places by a factor of three. That’s true of high-cost cities such as Seattle and San …

Housing