Tourism

Uber Dumbo

‘Instagrammed to Death’ or a Return to Pre-Pandemic Normal?

Familiar controversies might seem reassuring in 2022.

August 21, 2022 - The New York Times

tennessee

Opinion: Beware ‘Gatlinburginazation’

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, located at the western gateway of Great Smokey Mountains National Park, serves as a cautionary tale in the debate about a proposed resort near Slade in Eastern Kentucky.

August 3, 2022 - Lexington Herald Leader

Welcome Sign

Lack of Affordable Housing Causing Labor Shortages

Sky-high housing costs are driving workers away from Colorado's mountain towns, leading to labor shortages in some of the state's key industries.

January 5, 2022 - The Denver Post

Delmar Loop

The Uncertain Future of the St. Louis Loop Trolley

St. Louis faces losing federal funds if the Loop Trolley remains defunct. But is the 2.2-mile line worth it?

January 5, 2022 - nextSTL

Massachusetts

Nantucket Residents Pass on More Stringent Regulation of Short-Term Rentals

A recent Nantucket Town Meeting resolved a long-simmering controversy regarding short-term rentals.

June 10, 2021 - The Inquirer and Mirror

San Diego Harbor

San Diego Passes New Vacation Rental Regulations

The city passed a proposal to limit the number of whole-home vacation rentals and implement new regulations and fees for rental property owners.

March 1, 2021 - Voice of San Diego

Christmas

Holiday Travel Expected to Slow in 2020, With Economic Impacts for Cities

As the holiday season approaches and the pandemic continues, cities face an uncertain future.

November 16, 2020 - Devin Partida

Airbnb logo over Dresden

Airbnb City Portal Offers Transparency, Addresses Safety Concerns

A new Airbnb Portal gives cities a much-requested glimpse into the short-term rental company's books. Now operating in 15 cities, the Airbnb City Portal is poised for implementation on a global scale.

September 30, 2020 - Bloomberg CityLab

Pacific Ocean Beaches

Study: Oahu Could Lose 40 Percent of its Beaches by 2050

A new study calls for changes to coastal management policies to better protect sandy shorelines retreating under the pressure of rising sea levels.

September 28, 2020 - The Honolulu Star Advertiser

Coronavirus and Urbanism

Tourism-Based Urban Economies Will Have to Innovate to Survive the Pandemic

It is time to make bold, disruptive changes to Barcelona's economy, according to this article, by fueling innovation, sustainability, and policies to improve residents' quality of life.

September 15, 2020 - Cities of the Future

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland Corridor Would Be Major Addition to National Trail Network

The 220-mile route would connect the two cities and could potentially boost the economies of communities along the stretch.

April 7, 2020 - Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Jackson Hole

In Wyoming, Vast Open Spaces Meet Extreme Gaps Between Rich and Poor

The story of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, illustrates the class tensions that arise when an idealized vision of life close to nature butts up against the realities of wealth, privilege, and social inequality.

March 26, 2020 - Outside

Charlotte, NC

Understanding North Carolina's Urban-Rural Divide

North Carolina cities are thriving, but rural counties are not experiencing the same level of growth. Still, residents in rural areas say the numbers do not necessarily capture the whole picture.

January 6, 2020 - The Courier-Tribune

Metro Cable

On Public Transit, Some of the World’s Best Sightseeing

From Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Sydney, the best—and the cheapest—views are on ferries, buses, trains, and gondolas.

August 23, 2019 - The New York Times

Electric Scooters

Historic Preservation—A Reason to Nix Scooters?

Scooter opponents in Alexandria, Virginia, claim the devices threaten the historic character of the city, but supporters say the argument is nonsense.

August 21, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Parking

Why a Small Town Ditched 'Bargain' Parking Meters

At 25 cents an hour, Nevada City, California's meter rates weren't bringing in enough to pay the employees managing them. A fourfold increase will also help the town confront wildfire risk.

August 9, 2019 - CityLab

Rome, Italy

Denied: No Sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Rome's Spanish Steps are no longer a place for sitting.

August 9, 2019 - Associated Press

Supermarket Japan

Experiencing the City in the Supermarket

Grocery stores are more than just places to buy food. They’re the universal gateway to city life and culture.

July 16, 2019 - New York Magazine

High Line park NYC - Manhattan - New York City

Study: How Beauty Is a Boon for Cities

Richard Florida discusses a study finding a range of connections between a city or neighborhood's aesthetic appeal and its economic health.

May 22, 2019 - CityLab

The Netherlands

'Fairbnb' Attempts to Right the Wrongs of Short-Term Rentals

A new attempt at mitigating the social impact of short-term rentals and mass tourism.

May 20, 2019 - CityLab

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