May 30, 2014, 6am PDT
Lauren Markham examines the value of community gardens to the bottom lines of developers—because one person's blighted back yard can easily become another person's veggie garden marketing pitch.
May 23, 2014, 11am PDT
A slew of analysis in recent weeks has examined the negative consequences of foreign real estate speculation in cities like New York City, London, and Vancouver.
April 3, 2014, 7am PDT
The inequities of New York City’s park system have been on the policy radar since state legislation was introduced last year that would require large, wealthy park conservancies to contribute to smaller, cash-strapped parks around the city.
January 10, 2014, 2pm PST
Barry Blitt makes light of the "Bridgegate" scandal that enveloped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration in his cartoon for the cover of the next New Yorker magazine. If you play politics with traffic, you risk getting run over.
January 10, 2014, 10am PST
A growing body of scientific research shows that open office plans harm wellbeing and job performance.
December 23, 2013, 5am PST
Whole Foods' newest store in Gowanus, Brooklyn is causing local vendors and artists to tread "a fine line" between reaching new customers and supporting what they think of as new, "big" development.
December 11, 2013, 11am PST
Private financing of water systems goes at least as far back as ancient Rome. But as the number of people served by private water companies grows, some cities that have tasted privatization have found it lacking.
November 25, 2013, 7am PST
Disaster prediction is a "growth industry", writes Nathaniel Rich, and one that has made incredible strides over the past several years. But will all this information lead us to make better decisions about where we choose to live?
October 28, 2013, 7am PDT
Kirk Kardashian examines the headwinds confronting the much-hyped, but poorly selling, E.V. industry in the aftermath of a disappointing year. Meanwhile California, New York and six other states have announced plans to help energize sales.
October 10, 2013, 8am PDT
Nathan Heller illuminates how the tech industry has rendered San Francisco the new "power city" for U.S. economic growth and culture.
September 23, 2013, 8am PDT
The battle over whether to allow a proposed Jack Spade store to open in San Francisco's Mission District points to the incongruities of a city desperate to maintain its retail diversity while it loses its residential diversity.
August 28, 2013, 12pm PDT
Fifty years ago today, participants in the March on Washington were seeking to narrow the economic gap between America's blacks and whites. After five decades, that gulf remains. Vauhini Vara explains how homeownership is partly to blame.
August 22, 2013, 2pm PDT
With sleek high-rises, a waterfront promenade, and yacht-filled marina, Eko Atlantic could help Lagos attract the world's elite. But when it isn't busy demolishing their homes, what is the government doing to improve poor residents' quality of life?
June 3, 2013, 6am PDT
While the launch of NYC's bike share program was all the rage in the U.S. last week, Moscow began a program of its own with 220 red bikes at 30 stations. Sally McGrane frames it more as a 'triumph for political activism' than a commuting revolution.
April 16, 2013, 5am PDT
Any suspected motives for the tragic events that unfolded near the finish of the Boston Marathon yesterday are conjecture as of the writing of this post. But Nicholas Thompson endeavors to explain the meaning of this celebrated event.
January 5, 2013, 11am PST
Adapting to extreme weather events resulting from climate change has largely taken the form of infrastructure engineering, e.g building flood doors for subways or reinforcing sand dunes, but what of 'social adaptation' for residents themselves?
August 11, 2012, 9am PDT
Dogged in advance of the Olympics by fears of transit paralysis, Lauren Collins discusses how London's public transportation network has been the surprise hit of the Games.
March 3, 2012, 9am PST
There's no doubt that the awarding of the Pritzker Prize this week to Chinese architect Wang Shu was based as much on its symbolism as for personal achievement. Jiayang Fan looks at what the announcement's reception in China has been.
June 21, 2011, 11am PDT
In reviewing a handful of new books looking at cities and how they work, this piece from <em>The New Yorker</em> glosses over the current thinking behind the urban conversation and wonders if city celebration has gone too far.
April 22, 2011, 8am PDT
Kazakhstan built a new capital city in 1997 in far-off Astana. This piece from <em>The New Yorker</em> takes a tour of the city, and finds a unique architectural development underway, but a city still in its early years of formation.