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Not all gay people enjoy big cities, but pop culture has little to say about rural LGBTQ life. Ruaridh Connellan / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Queer in the country: Why some LGBTQ Americans prefer rural life to urban ‘gayborhoods’

Stereotypically, gay, queer and trans kids flee small towns to find acceptance in big, diverse cities like New York or Chicago. But evidence shows many will eventually return to rural areas.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri sits among his belongings in a 2004 photograph taken at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he lived for nearly 18 years. Eric Fougere/VIP Images/Corbis via Getty Images

How some people can end up living at airports for months – even years – at a time

Some do so of their own accord, using airport amenities to meet their basic needs. Others, however, would rather be anywhere else – and find themselves at the mercy of bureaucratic wrangling.
After an extensive renovation, an old house in a laneway in Toronto became a new two-bedroom home. (LGA Architectural Partners, Ben Rahn/A Frame)

How cities can unlock the potential of laneway housing

Laneway suites could increase rental stock in established neighbourhoods without affecting their character. Toronto has lagged behind other cities in Canada and North America.
Cities are breeding grounds for creativity – and infectious diseases. Salvator Barki/Moment via Getty Images

Why COVID-19 won’t kill cities

Two scholars of cities explain why dense, urban areas will survive – and thrive – long after the pandemic ends, and even if they don't get a bailout.
The United States has 955 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr.. Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

Neighborhoods with MLK streets are poorer than national average and highly segregated, study reveals

US cities began naming streets in Black neighborhoods for Martin Luther King Jr. after his 1968 assassination. Researchers studying these areas 50 years later found entrenched deprivation.
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Cities could get more than 4°C hotter by 2100. To keep cool in Australia, we urgently need a national planning policy

Cities occupy just 3% of the Earth's surface, yet more than half the world's population live in urban environments. We need nation-wide plans to keep our cities cool so no one gets left behind.
People wandering on a pedestrian portion of Ste-Catherine Street in Montréal. The pandemic has contributed to a recognition of the importance of public space. The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

Post-pandemic cities can permanently reclaim public spaces as gathering places

Containment during the pandemic has contributed to a recognition of the importance of public space as a gathering place and an essential tool to meet the needs of the population.
An activist is arrested after his van was stopped by Kenosha police Aug. 27, days after police shot a Kenosha man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back, leaving him paralyzed. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Wisconsin’s not so white anymore – and in some rapidly diversifying cities like Kenosha there’s fear and unrest

New research on Wisconsin's changing demographics suggests that racial integration and political polarization were a combustible combination in Kenosha, where violence erupted in August.

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