Cities

A planner’s perspective on Brazil’s water crisis

With water shortages in São Paulo making headlines around the world, Brazil is rethinking its approach to water infrastructure. For a two-part piece we’re publishing this week and next, we…

Melting pots and shrinking islands

A celebrated melting pot, New York was shaped over centuries by successive waves of immigrant groups. Today, many question whether this remarkable diversity can survive the city’s ever-escalating housing costs.…

Sound bites: Urban gardeners embrace data

How do we care for our investments in green infrastructure? Philip Silva, a PhD candidate in natural resources at Cornell University, explores using data to measure and optimize the work…

Harnessing social resilience in the rust belt

In a rousing scene from Hamilton, the acclaimed musical about the life of America’s “10-dollar founding father,” a Revolutionary War–waging Alexander Hamilton and his French comrade Lafayette pay tribute to…

Paterson: A postindustrial portrait

The Great Falls of Paterson, New Jersey, have bowled over admirers since at least the 17th century, but perhaps none have captured their power as presciently as the Jersey-born poet…