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The Woman Who Elevated Modern Poland’s Architecture

A new exhibit displays Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak’s talent, which strove beyond the postwar standards of mass-production and prefabrication in her home country.

CityLab Daily: Why Local Politics Are Less Polarized

Also: A French theme park doesn’t sugarcoat climate change, and what’s behind the blocked streets of St. Louis?

A goblin figure in a tree trunk talks to visitors at a forest theme park.

‘You Have Made the Earth Sick’: Notes From an Environmental Theme Park

DefiPlanet, a nature-themed family attraction in France, has a surprisingly blunt message for visitors: “The earth will soon be dead and torn.”

A New Plan to Correct a Historic Mistake in Pittsburgh

A Bjarke Ingels Group-led plan from 2015 has given way to a more “practical” design for the Lower Hill District. Concerns over true affordable housing remain.

A photo of a closed street in St. Louis

The Curious Tale of the St. Louis Street Barriers

Thanks to an '80s mania for traffic calming, the St. Louis grid is broken by hundreds of bollards and cul-de-sacs. Critics say it’s time to get rid of them.

A women-only subway car in Mexico City, Mexico

What’s the Best Way to Curb NYC Subway Harassment?

While other countries have turned to women-only cars, New York legislators are proposing to ban repeat sex offenders and increase penalties for subway grinders.

A crowded room of residents attend a local public forum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Are Local Politics As Polarized As National? Depends on the Issue.

Republican or Democrat, even if we battle over national concerns, research finds that in local politics, it seems we can all just get along—most of the time.

Is This the Next Mayor of Boston?

City Councilor Michelle Wu, a Chicago native, has pushed for fare-free transit, tangled with Airbnb over housing regulations, and shaken up the politics of Old Boston.  

CityLab Daily: What the Supreme Court Said About the Citizenship Question

Also: How the bicycle’s ancestor relates to climate resilience, and who gets ‘Green New Deal’ jobs?

A photo of shoppers on University Avenue in East Palo Alto, California, which is flanked by two technology campuses.

An Island of Silicon Valley Affordability Says Yes to More Housing

East Palo Alto is surrounded by tech riches, but that hasn’t necessarily helped longtime residents, who welcome a state law mandating zoning reform

Electricians install solar panels on a roof for Arizona Public Service company in Goodyear, Arizona.

A Bottom-Line Case for the Green New Deal: The Jobs Pay More

A Brookings report finds that jobs in the clean energy, efficiency, and environmental sectors offer higher salaries than the U.S. average.

A young girl winces from the sting as she receives the polio vaccine in 1954.

How Mandatory Vaccination Fueled the Anti-Vaxxer Movement

To better understand the controversy over New York’s measles outbreak, you have to go back to the late 19th century.

A group of students talk as one tests a pedal-free bicycle they have built.

How an Ancestor of the Bicycle Relates to Climate Resilience

Architecture students in Buffalo built their own versions of the "laufmaschine," a proto-bike invented in response to a 19th-century environmental crisis.

What the Supreme Court Said About the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

In oral arguments, conservative justices asked about data science, while liberals asked what the citizenship question was really for.

CityLab Daily: Puerto Rico Doesn’t Have a ‘Green New Deal’

Also: How to inspire girls to become carpenters and electricians, and the disappearing old-school coffeehouses of Kuala Lumpur.

A photo of a teacher at Animo Westside Charter Middle School in Los Angeles.

What Charter Schools See in Opportunity Zones

The charter school movement is eyeing the tax incentives in the federal Opportunity Zone program to help fund new school construction.

a photo of Northern Virginia's Crystal City.

When Your Neighborhood Gets a Corporate Rebrand

From National Landing to SoHa, neighborhoods often find themselves renamed by forces outside the community, from big companies to real estate firms.

People eat and drink coffee inside a small coffeehouse.

Gentrification Is Hurting Kuala Lumpur's Iconic Coffee Shops

Traditional kopitiams, which serve sweetened coffee in no-frills surroundings, are a part of Malaysian national identity, but their survival is precarious.

Māori warriors in traditional dress perform the haka.

New Place Names Lift Māori Culture in New Zealand’s Capital

A new policy in Wellington aims to revitalize the indigenous Māori language. First up: giving new, non-colonial names to sites around town.

Kaoutar Belhirech (left) and Fatima Tourari (right) in the Mères en Ligne radio station.

How a Radio Show Gives Unwed Mothers in Morocco a Voice

Legal changes gave Moroccan women more rights, but unwed mothers still face prosecution and stigma. A Tangier radio station, Mères en Ligne, gives them a voice.