Welcome to Bloomberg CityLab: A Letter From the Editor

It it difficult to say whether it’s been six months or six years since CityLab became part of Bloomberg. Since March, our interactions with each other have been reduced to squares on a computer screen, and we have been excited for this day to arrive after much virtual planning. The features that we present today — and will continue to roll out over the next week — reflect the expertise of this staff across all things urban, from policy, housing and transit to culture, design and social justice. There could not be a more crucial time to dive into these issues, and we are incredibly fortunate to now have the expertise of reporters and editors who have been writing on these topics for years.

What will be different about the new CityLab? Well, aside from the new look we are introducing today, we plan to tap the knowledge of Bloomberg’s 2,700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 bureaus worldwide. You’ll also find CityLab on many more platforms, including Businessweek magazine, TV, radio, live events and videos. And we now have an expansive trove of data and analytics via the Bloomberg Terminal that will show up in our storytelling — readers have told us they want more data visualizations, and they will get them.

So, what hasn’t changed? Pretty much everything else. Our readers are still at the heart of what we do. We will continue to write about how we live and work, how we create and make policy, what challenges we face and what solutions are being attempted. Bloomberg CityLab content (including CityLab’s archives) will be in front of the Bloomberg.com paywall this year, but we will feature some paywalled stories from our Bloomberg News colleagues when we think they would interest our readers.

If you’re new to CityLab, this is content you won’t find elsewhere — journalists sometimes call these types of stories “scoops of ideas.” In today’s context, this means discovering local innovations that could be applied more broadly, taking a critical look at public policy, and learning how we can emerge from our current crises. We do not pretend to know how cities will change, but it’s clear they will, and we will be there to chronicle their (sometimes uneven, sometimes messy) progress.

To get started, subscribe to our daily or weekly newsletter and MapLab, a biweekly newsletter by Laura Bliss. Stay connected and join the conversation by following CityLab on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And lastly, we want to hear from you: How can we best bring you valuable and actionable news about cities? Please answer our brief reader survey. 


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