Death to the Open Floor Plan

Maybe having rooms with doors that close and the attendant modicum of privacy wasn’t so bad after all.

Source: CityLab
Published: Aug 6, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,342 words)

The Police Brutality Video That Still Haunts McKinney, Texas

Olga Khazan revisits her hometown to ask McKinney residents how they’ve been faring since a 2015 viral video captured Eric Casebolt, a white police officer, using excessive force on Dajerria Becton, a black teenager, at an unauthorized pool party. Khazan soon finds that tensions in the community are still running high three years later, and that the fallout tracks with how private club pools and homeowners’ associations have historically provided a cover for redlining.

Source: CityLab
Published: Jul 23, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,448 words)

A Visual History of the U.S. Census

Vulnerable communities are bracing for an undercount in 2020. It’s a familiar story that traces back to the Articles of Confederation.

Source: CityLab
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 4 minutes (1,240 words)

Who Wins When a City Gets Smart?

Poor public transportation is linked with poor health, from increased anxiety to prenatal conditions. The Smart City Challenge granted Columbus, Ohio $50 million to improve mobility to improve vulnerable residents’ quality of life. Columbus is the fastest-growing metro area in the Midwest, yet it has neighborhoods with high unemployment, above average infant mortality and many single mother households with few cars. So will the city’s new developments help low-income residents access services and the booming economy, or is it just more empty rhetoric?

Source: CityLab
Published: Nov 1, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,198 words)

Everyone Should Fear What Happened to the Gothamist Sites

Former LAist editor-in-chief Julia Wick writes on the power of local journalism — and the dangers it’s currently facing.

Author: Julia Wick
Source: CityLab
Published: Nov 6, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,540 words)

Grenfell Was No Ordinary Accident

Henry Wismayer reports on the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. The worst fire disaster in London since the Blitz during World War II, the blaze claimed 80 lives. To outsiders, London, England may appear to be a “a paragon of functioning multiculturalism,” however the Grenfell fire has become England’s “Katrina moment” — the catastrophic event which exposes society’s egregious treatment of and contempt for its poor.

Source: CityLab
Published: Aug 17, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,614 words)