A bioethicist argues that the problem of health disparities existed long before COVID-19 struck with a vengeance in marginalized communities.
After trying to remove street vendors from its cities for years, China is supporting them to help jump-start its economy. An urban scholar explains why other cities should do the same.
An economist puzzles over why fireworks have been going off nightly across the country for so many weeks in a row.
First trains, then cars and, now, COVID-19 have all spurred New York to reimagine how its scarce space should be used – and what residents need to survive.
For centuries, disease outbreaks have forced cities to transform physically and operationally in ways that ultimately benefited all residents going forward.
From burial sites targeted by grave robbers to disposing of ashes at sea, the job of disposing of the unclaimed dead has a rich history. Sadly, it still goes on today and is on the rise.
#TyphoidMary is shorthand today for those who defy social distancing orders. The real Typhoid Mary is perhaps the most prominent example in the US of the unknowing disease carrier.
Climate change, globalization and concerns about rat poison soon could drive rat infestations to levels not seen in centuries. One way to curb them is getting humans to stop wasting food.
Surrounded by skyscrapers and high-end boutiques, 47th Street continues to operate like an Old World bazaar, with million-dollar deals sealed by handshakes and insured by a family's reputation.
Negro Matapacos became famous in Chile in 2011 for joining student protests. His image has now popped up around the world.
Cities often embark upon drastic and expensive eradication campaigns designed to rapidly rid the city of pests like rats. But are the surviving rats stronger or weaker than before?
In major cities around the world, dockless scooters and bikes are everywhere, yet the companies themselves are often breathtakingly short-lived. Basic economic concepts give us clues why.
Like the 'Rocky Steps,' the 'Joker Stairs' have become a mecca for moviegoers. But not all film-related tourism is the same.
The restaurant industry as a whole hasn't been a huge supporter of the fight to increase minimum wage – but it should be.
New York City could be on the verge of dismantling gifted programs at its elementary and middle schools. Taking that step could make things even worse for some of the children it aims to help.
The US legal system often gives the police the benefit of the doubt.
The millennials have boosted rosé consumption: in the United States alone, 65% of them declare themselves "rosé drinkers". How can this overall success be explained?
An ecosystems approach to cities that recognizes rats as part of the ecosystem can help address the challenges presented by urban rats.
Urban gardening is a departure point for learning about land and relationships, as well as food, consumer culture and social activism.
New York City's municipal budget relies heavily on the property taxes of extremely high-value real estate. That drives gentrification and distorts local policy in other ways that hurt residents.