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Felipe Rose.

A Gay Icon Remembers Life in the Village, and in the Village People

Fifty years after Stonewall, Felipe Rose—“The Indian” from the Village People—remembers New York City’s Greenwich Village as the gay rights movement took hold.

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Can Parks Help Cities Fight Crime?

Research on the connections between green space and criminal activity finds that park design and programming determines their impact on crime and safety.

One Way to Make the Green New Deal Actually Happen: a Super-Ministry

To administer the Green New Deal, combine Interior, Energy, Housing & Urban Development, and Transportation to create a new Department of Cities and Regions.

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Pollinator Cities Really Could Save the Monarchs

The milkweed needed to stabilize the country’s monarch-butterfly population thrives in metropolitan areas—especially on residential land.

CityLab Daily: The Problem With ‘Most Livable’ Cities

Also: Don’t call it a YIMBY plan, and why Seattle is opening clean-air shelters.

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Don’t Call Trump’s Housing Order a YIMBY Plan

The president just signed an executive order calling for states and cities to pursue zoning reform. But affordable housing advocates aren’t celebrating.

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Death to Livability!

What does it really mean when certain kinds of cities keep getting ranked as the world’s “most livable”?

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Seattle Will Open Clean-Air Shelters As Relief From Wildfire Smoke

Five public buildings will get filtration systems to keep the air inside clean on days when smoke affects the city, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced last week.

CityLab Daily: Can Waze Convince Commuters to Carpool Again?

Also: Inside the master plan for Sidewalk Labs’s big smart city, and where Americans really come together.

Revisiting Pittsburgh’s Era of Big Plans

A conversation with the trio of authors behind a new book about the Steel City’s mid-20th-century transformation.

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Can Waze Convince Commuters to Carpool Again?

Google’s wayfinding company wants to help drivers and riders find each other on its navigation app—and ease traffic congestion along the way.

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A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City

Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it’s a lot bigger.

McDonald's Restaurants Are America's Ultimate 'Third Places'

Americans have fewer and fewer spaces to gather. That’s where nuggets come in.

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The Uncertain Future of a Migrant School in Beijing

As Beijing aims to cap population growth, it must contend with its outlying villages that are home to migrant workers who provide the city’s cheap labor.

CityLab Daily: America’s Worst ‘Highway Boondoggles’

Also: The quest for quiet in New York City, and the Squirrel Census results are here.

The Squirrel Census Answers a Question You Weren’t Asking

How many squirrels live in New York City's Central Park? Finding the answer was surprisingly complicated.

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Americans Are Spending Billions on Bad Highway Expansions

PIRG’s annual list of “highway boondoggles” includes nine transportation projects that will cost a total of $25 billion while driving up emissions.

A Local Crisis Calls Pete Buttigieg Back to City Hall

For all those nationally who’ve been dazzled by the mayor, the voters of South Bend aren’t satisfied with his response to a fatal police shooting last week.

Rows of machinery with long blue tubes and pipes seen at a water desalination plant.

A Water-Stressed World Turns to Desalination

Desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. But it remains expensive and creates its own environmental problems.

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My Quixotic Quest for Quiet in New York City

In a booming city, the din of new construction and traffic can be intolerable. Enter Hush City, an app to map the sounds of silence.