I often find that urbanism and urban living are overly romanticized, more often by citydwellers themselves: Stumbling through concrete caravans dripping with mystique, a day-to-day narrative of tempered chaos, or an odd catharsis as told through the lens of sidewalk meet-cute. I often long for life closer to the wilderness, clogged by forests and dirty roads, but I remain fascinated with the totally batshit way in which cities are planned and built, and how urban geography and city design transcribe social and psychological narratives on the human lives lived within. So I put together a list of five wonderful city narratives from the past several years:

Jared Keller is associate editor for The Atlantic. Click through for the full list.