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New York Just Set a ‘Dangerous Precedent’ on Algorithms, Experts Warn

NYC’s task force on algorithms was supposed to be a beacon of transparent government. It couldn’t even gain access to basic information.

CityLab Daily: Trump's Homeless Policy Gets a Controversial Boss

Also: Mapping an America changed by climate, and grocery stores near Seattle are getting vertical farms.

a map of future climate risks in the U.S.

America After Climate Change, Mapped

With “The 2100 Project: An Atlas for A Green New Deal,” the McHarg Center tries to visualize how the warming world will reshape the United States.

Grocery Stores Near Seattle Are Getting Vertical Farms

QFC, a Kroger chain, has added mini-farms to two of its supermarkets and will roll out 13 more in stores around Washington and Oregon.

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Four Coastal Areas Dominate a New Measure of Tech-Company Startup Diversity

Just four coastal areas of the country dominate on the Startup Complexity Index, a new measure developed by researchers at the Brookings Institution.

photo: Robert Marbut, the incoming director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness,

The Consultant Leading the White House Push Against Homelessness

In Texas and Florida, Robert Marbut Jr. sold cities on a controversial model for providing homeless services. Now he’s bringing it to the White House.

CityLab Daily: How Media Shifts the Blame From Drivers

Also: Why car-free streets will soon be the norm, and don’t alienate the suburbs on climate.

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Did Uber Just Enable Discrimination by Destination?

In California, the ride-hailing company is changing a policy used as a safeguard against driver discrimination against low-income and minority riders.

Don’t Alienate the Suburbs on Climate

The suburbs can help cities fight climate change.

Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm

In cities like New York, Paris, Rotterdam, and soon San Francisco, car-free streets are emerging amid a growing movement.

CityLab Daily: Some News About CityLab’s Future

Also: The bankrupt American brands still thriving in Japan, and how media coverage of car crashes blames pedestrians.

How Media Coverage of Car Crashes Downplays the Role of Drivers

Safety advocates have long complained that media outlets tend to blame pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by cars. Research suggests they’re right.

photo: a Tower Records Japan Inc. store in Tokyo, Japan.

The Bankrupt American Brands Still Thriving in Japan

Cultural cachet, licensing deals, and density explain why Toys ‘R’ Us, Tower Records, Barneys, and other faded U.S. retailers remain big across the Pacific.

Suburban Jobs Are Growing Fastest, But Urban Jobs Pay More

New labor data show that the suburbs have the fastest job growth in the U.S. But we shouldn’t assume the future of employment will be suburban.

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Help! The London Tube Map Is Out of Control.

It’s never been easy to design a map of the city’s underground transit network. But soon, critics say, legibility concerns will demand a new look.

CityLab Daily: A New Chapter for Amazon and New York

Also: Unpacking a debate on California’s vacant housing, and why are kids obsessed with garbage trucks?

Why Smaller Cities Are Expanding Their Jails, and Their Populations

While many cities are using incarceration alternatives, some smaller cities and rural areas are building—and filling—costly new jails, new research shows.  

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Why Are Kids Obsessed With Garbage Trucks? An Investigation

For some kids, the weekly trash pickup is a must-see spectacle. Parents, children, waste-management professionals, and experts on childhood all offer theories as to why.

CityLab Daily: Will Buffalo Become a Climate Change Haven?

Also: The city known for “sewer socialists” actually has great sewers, and the changing geography of the opioid crisis.

photo: A vacant home in Oakland that is about to demolished for an apartment complex.

Fix California’s Housing Crisis, Activists Say. But Which One?

As a controversy over vacancy in the Bay Area and Los Angeles reveals, advocates disagree about what kind of housing should be built, and where.