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  1. the haze
    New Yorkers: It Might Be Time to Get Yourself an Air-Quality AppThis isn’t the last time you’re going to face wildfire smoke from the West.
  2. block blast
    ‘I Saw My Best Friend, All Covered in Black, and Her Face Was Red With Blood’After the LAPD fireworks explosion, this South L.A. resident is demanding answers.
  3. beach house
    Even a Starchitect’s Homeless Housing Project Won’t Sway Venice Beach NIMBYs“What they are working towards is a de facto gated beach community.”
  4. it’s not mars but it’s home
    Elon Musk Really Is Living in a Tiny Prefab House in Boca ChicaIt’s built by — wait for it — a startup with ideas about world domination.
  5. miami building collapse
    Why Did the Surfside Condo Towers Collapse? Here Are All the Theories.The best guesses about what brought down the building.
  6. the rent is too damn high
    Can California Pay Off Its Rent Debt Before Evictions Begin?Gavin Newsom says he has a plan to forgive all rent, but advocates are skeptical about how quickly it can help tenants.
  7. getting around
    Helmet Laws Are Not What New York City Cyclists Need Right NowElected officials keep proposing more rules for bicycles and scooters instead of fixing streets.
  8. getting around
    Why Your Uber Ride Is Suddenly Costing a FortuneDriver shortage, customer surplus, and harsh financial reality.
  9. safer streets
    Grim New Numbers: Traffic Deaths Highest Since 2007Speeding, mostly, seems to be the cause.
  10. deliciousness
    NYC Is About to Add 4,000 Street Vendors. Los Angeles Has Ideas to Borrow.More communal kitchens, more permit options, more flexibility on the streets.
  11. actually smart cities
    Jaime Lerner Made Your City BetterThe hugely influential urban planner died this week at 83.
  12. power
    Can Millions of New Ford F-150 Trucks Become a Clean-Energy Storage Grid?When there’s a big battery in every garage, solar power can flow all night.
  13. climate change
    The Straightforward Way to Make California’s Wildfires Less DeadlyState senator Henry Stern proposes a simple plan: Don’t build houses where they’ll burn.
  14. superheroes
    Peatónito the Pedestrian Superhero Is Finishing Up Grad School at UCLAMexico City’s masked defender of walkers is now tackling the dangerous streets of Los Angeles.
  15. ruff justice
    NYPD Puts Down Robot DogDigidog has had its day.
  16. housing
    L.A. Built a Tiny-House Village for the Homeless. Some Aren’t So Sure About It.The city’s good intentions come with restrictions and, possibly, an ulterior motive.
  17. developments
    Climate-Change-Related Lawsuit Nixes Huge California DevelopmentNot in my backyard, says Planet Earth, backed by a judge.
  18. hollywood
    Don’t Worry, the Cinerama Dome Won’t Get Demolished (Probably)But it might need a savior like Netflix to stay intact.
  19. granny flats
    No, 3-D Printing the Suburbs Is Not the Future of HousingBut the process is certainly mesmerizing to watch.
  20. brooklyn bridge
    The Brooklyn Bridge Finally Gets Its Own Bike Path! Except …It’s gonna be a little snug.
  21. public space
    Last Night in Echo ParkOn the scene as the LAPD evicted an enormous community of unhoused residents from the shore of Echo Park Lake.
  22. the oscars
    Don’t Hold the Oscars at Union StationThere’s a bigger, better idea sitting right in front of us.
  23. help is on the way
    What Is New York City Getting From the American Rescue Plan?A much-needed $6.5 billion for the MTA and another $6 billion in direct fiscal relief to the city.
  24. street view
    Standstill Traffic May Be the Only Thing Keeping Crash-Death Numbers DownAnd until we redesign our streets, those numbers will keep going up.
  25. ideas
    Social Workers Instead of Police? Denver’s 911 Experiment Is a Promising StartSix months into a pilot program that deploys squads of caregivers in place of cops, there are signs of success.
  26. on tv
    What Eric Garcetti Might Borrow From ‘Mr. Mayor’Five good L.A. ideas he can take from Neil Bremer’s imaginary governance.
  27. close calls
    A Speeding Driver Obliterated an Empty Streetery in a Dramatic Midtown CrashEight people are hospitalized, including two kids.
  28. special delivery
    Sure, Laugh Away. But Every Big Vehicle Should Look Like the New USPS TruckWe admit it’s goofy-looking, but it’s a much safer design for crowded cities.
  29. congestion pricing
    Secretary Pete Is Already Coming Through for New York City on Congestion PricingFederal approval is finally coming for the MTA-funding traffic-reducing program.
  30. perseverance
    Landing a Rover on Mars Proves We Have the Smarts to Fix EarthIf we can master interplanetary, zero-emission transportation, are high-speed trains and EVs really too hard?
  31. bad air
    Maybe You Should’ve Been Wearing a Mask in the Subway All AlongAir pollution at some stations is so bad that it’s like inhaling wildfire smoke.
  32. pedalling
    Here’s a Handsome Solution to New York’s Bike-Parking CrisisOonee’s pods can securely store seven bikes in one car’s worth of parking.
  33. gulp
    Could the Florida Water-Supply Hacking Happen in New York City?Good news: There are a lot of checks and tests that go on here. But that doesn’t mean we’re careful enough.
  34. pete buttigieg
    Dear Secretary Pete, 9 Transportation Projects You Should Consider Right AwayInfrastructure that can tackle emissions while delivering other benefits to help Americans get around.
  35. housing politics
    Austin Experiments With Moving Police Dollars to Homeless HousingThe city council has bought one hotel and plans to purchase another this week.
  36. preservation
    L.A. Doesn’t Need to Save Every Unremarkable Little BuildingWhen NIMBYs sneakily invoke nostalgia for something that’s neither old nor architecturally significant, it’s time to say no.
  37. boring news
    Elon Musk’s Plan to Dig Car Tunnels Under Miami Is Filled With HolesIt’s the sinkhole capital of the United States, to start.
  38. infrastructure
    Trump Called Himself the ‘Builder President.’ But What Did He Actually Build?A short, grim list of projects he completed while in office.
  39. amtrak joe
    Joe Biden’s Amtrak Trip to His Inauguration Has Been DerailedThe inauguration itinerary has changed to protect the president-elect from Trump’s legacy.
  40. streets
    New York Is Bringing Up the Absolute Rear on Trash PickupA new pilot program will start collecting trash just like every other city already does.
  41. getting around
    Zoox Is Only Barely a Car, and That’s Its Most Promising FeatureThe driverless dream works better when it’s shared.
  42. climate change
    Biden’s Climate Team Is a Bigger Deal for Cities Than Any Cabinet AppointmentA little help for mayors who said they could reduce emissions themselves.
  43. industry news
    L.A. Real-Estate Agent Dalton Gomez Announces Engagement to Pop SingerHis fiancée is Ariana Grande, a performer from Boca Raton, Florida.
  44. whirrrrrrr
    Los Angeles Wants a Flying-Taxi Division. What Could Go Wrong?Unlikely future, meet realistic present.
  45. california
    Premiering Soon: The Real Health Department of Beverly HillsThe city wants to start its own department independent of Los Angeles County, mostly so it can reopen its restaurants.
  46. amtrak joe
    Pete Buttigieg Isn’t a Transit Visionary. But Biden Might Not Need One.Experience doesn’t matter as much when he’s got Amtrak Joe’s agenda.
  47. boring news
    Elon Musk Heads to Texas; Californians Don’t Seem To MindHe thinks he was being taken for granted.
  48. distancing
    New Yorkers’ Standoffish Subway Behavior Primed Us for a Pandemic“The typical New York subway rider doesn’t interact with other riders. There’s a culture of avoiding eye contact.”
  49. city people
    Now That an Urban Planner Is on the City Council, Can She Help Fix Los Angeles?Nithya Raman is calling for systemic change — including breaking up her own district.
  50. please stay home
    Curfews Will Do Almost Nothing to Stop the Spread of COVIDThe virus doesn’t know what time of day it is.
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