Metropolis Now

Technology is transforming city life, for better and worse

Palm trees in front of building
Xuebing Du

Trees Are Time Machines

Arborists are planting trees today that must survive decades of global warming. The health, comfort, and happiness of city dwellers hang in the balance.
A green and blue food truck parked outside a colorful building
Christine Ro

Tech Is Killing Street Food

The wealthy hubs of the United States and India are embracing informal gastronomy, but not the people who have traditionally provided it.
An aerial photo of greenhouses in Almería, Spain
Edward Burtynsky / Wolkowitz Gallery & Greenberg Gallery, New York / Metivier Gallery, Toronto

Future Shock in the Countryside

Earth’s rural areas are being transformed by climate change and technology.
Mel Evans / AP

The Black Struggle for Technology Jobs

In Atlanta and other racially segregated cities, the education system is stacked against African Americans competing for STEM careers. If Amazon picks the city for its second headquarters, things could get even worse.
Houston residents wade through floodwaters and heavy rain.
Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

The Hurricane in My Backyard

An environmental philosopher reflects on his experience enduring Hurricane Harvey, and what it teaches cities and their citizens about living with global warming.
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Apple's Airpods Are an Omen

The company’s slick, wireless earbuds work great, but they foreshadow startling changes to the social fabric.