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Cities & Urbanism

Vox's coverage of the places we live: urban, surburban, and everywhere in between — and how policies are transforming those spaces.

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American drivers are now even more distracted by their phones. Pedestrian deaths are soaring.

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Cities have always been havens for immigrants. So why are they struggling now?

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How the nation’s capital became an outlier on violent crime

Could this obscure tax idea reshape American housing?

It takes more than trees to build a livable city

What Salt Lake City gets right about downtown

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The dream — and reality — of moving to Florida

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The ocean is rising — and so is Miami’s skyline

The future of cities, according to the experts

Why pedestrian deaths in the US are at a 40-year high

The “return to the office” won’t save the office

How to save America’s public transit systems from a doom spiral

Homeless encampments — and the debate over what to do about them — explained

Elon Musk’s tunnels to nowhere

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A crisis on America’s roads

With pedestrian and traffic fatalities on the rise, how can the US make its roads safer?

A driver killed her daughter. She won’t let the world forget.

Large vehicles and unsafe streets are killing too many people, including 5-year-old Allison Hart. Now, her mother is fighting for safer streets.

The wasted potential of garbage dumps

Our buildings are making us sick

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Too many Americans live in places built for cars — not for human connection

How urban planning contributed to the great undoing of modern friendship.

What if the suburbs were just a first draft?

Remote work, the arrival of home-owning millennials, and other forces can be an opportunity to remake them for the better.

How to clear the air in the most polluted cities on Earth

I changed my mind on rent control

The case for funding bike infrastructure

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How America’s hottest city is trying to cool down

California is ending a rule that helped cause its housing crisis

The housing crisis is the top concern for urban residents

The affordable housing shortage is hurting Afghan refugees

The “g-word” of urban policy

New York City issues vaccine mandate for indoor activities, confuses entire country

How to redesign cities to withstand heat waves

Walmart’s e-commerce chief is leaving to build “a city of the future”

Why we’re still years away from having self-driving cars

Is it time to build feminist cities?

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now.

How to make a city livable during lockdown

Is it time for American cities to stop growing?

Will luxury towers edge out the last of the working-class Chinese in New York’s iconic Chinatown?

The case for raising kids in the city

Austin’s failed attempt to regulate Uber and Lyft foreshadowed today’s controversies

Scooters may be a better business than Uber or Lyft, says Lime president Joe Kraus

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How London is fighting its nightmare traffic

Making cities more dense always sparks resistance. Here’s how to overcome it.

Microsoft’s $500 million plan to fix Seattle’s housing problem, explained

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