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Why Don’t Americans Use Their Parks At Night?

Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider. Source: Why Don't...

California is much more energy-efficient than the rest of the country

It’s not about luck. It’s about smart policy. Source: California is much more energy-efficient than the rest of the country

The One Thing That’s on Mayors’ Priority Lists Nationwide

At the National League of Cities conference, parks and recreation was the priority for mayors. And for mayors in most of the U.S., housing...

How Chicago’s South Side Is Creating the ‘Un’ High Line

In the Englewood neighborhood, progress is slow but sure toward the area's first linear park. Source: How Chicago’s South Side Is Creating the ‘Un’ High...

How Much Do Businesses In Your City Care About People and Planet?

A way to measure just how much, exactly. Source: How Much Do Businesses In Your City Care About People and Planet?

Did the Largest Art Studio Tour in the US Drive Minneapolis’ Gentrification?

As the arts community in Northeast Minneapolis grew, so did the commodification of arts culture. Source: Did the Largest Art Studio Tour in the US...

State parks standstill: Why California hasn’t opened a new state park in 10 years

California hasn’t opened a new state park since 2009. A confluence of budget deficits, political choices and failed ballot measures is to blame. But...

The Town That Extended ‘Smart Growth’ to Its Water

As Western states grapple with drought, Westminster, Colorado, has become a model for its integration of water data into the planning process. Source: The Town...

L.A. Mayor Garcetti’s ‘Green New Deal’ would phase out gas-fueled cars

Mayor Eric Garcetti's new sustainability plan imagines a Los Angeles where, by the mid-2030s, 80% of the cars run on electricity or zero-emission fuel. Source:...

Simon Norfolk’s traumatic photos capture a Swiss glacier on life support

How do you combat indifference and inaction to climate change? One photographer lets you witness it with startling drama through his lens. Source: Simon Norfolk’s...

These are the names and locations of the Top 100 people who are killing the planet.

Stop blaming your neighbors. Real accountability starts up top. Source: These are the names and locations of the Top 100 people who are killing the...

This French Theme Park Doesn’t Sugarcoat Its Environmental Message

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

Chicago Has Launched a Street Art Registry to Prevent Beloved Murals From Being Inadvertently Destroyed | artnet News

Chicago's Mural Registry, already populated with 150 works, allows people to learn more about the city’s murals and the artists behind them. Source: Chicago Has...

The Next Player in the ‘Smart City’ Game: WeWork – CityLab

The co-working startup is hatching plans to deploy data to reimagine urban problems. In the past, it has profiled neighborhoods based on class indicators. Source:...

If Your City Wants Equitable Job Growth, It Has to Zone for It

When it comes to the tension between the global economy and New York City’s local economy, the battle of Amazon gets all the headlines,...

Democrats’ House takeover could mean big changes for California water policy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hoped to use a year-end government-funding bill to slip through an extension of a federal law that sends more...

Why So Much Plastic Is Found on the Great Lakes’ Beaches – CityLab

Source: Why So Much Plastic Is Found on the Great Lakes’ Beaches – CityLab

Formerly censored mural speaks volumes about LA’s history

Once censored and hidden from view, artist Barbara Carrasco's 80-foot mural, "L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective," is part of the the new exhibit, "Sin Censura:...

How to ‘Queer the Map’

There’s a tree in Jeanne-Mance Park in Montreal’s Plateau neighborhood that has special significance to Lucas LaRochelle. It’s where the 22-year old designer and...

What’s It Really Like to Be an Artist?

When Laurie Simmons made her debut as an artist and photographer in the mid-1970s, she and other Pictures Generation artists sought to confront the...

As Women of the Art World Join Together to Condemn Sexism, Artforum Promises Change

An open letter signed by more than 1,800 women in the art world was posted early Monday morning on a website called Not Surprised in...

Pharrell Williams: The Future Depends On Protecting the Arts Now

In America we place the most importance on athletics in schools. And then academics. The arts get dismissed. But everything you wear, everything you...

New York’s Cultural Plan Aims to Boost the Arts, and Diversity, In a Gentrifying City

New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DLCA) has released CreateNYC, a wide-ranging plan to strengthen the city’s cultural infrastructure, and address the iniquities that...

City Delivers for River with Purchase of ‘G2’ Parcel

Unanimous City Council vote marks major milestone in extraordinary plan to revitalize the L.A. River.LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today commended the Los Angeles City...