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Karim Doumar


Berkeley, CA, United States

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Past articles by Karim:

The Shutdown Is Screwing With Cities and Mayors Are Not Pleased

Local officials are bracing for a confluence of funding crises barrelling toward transit, housing, food assistance, and … well, everything else. → Read More

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million. → Read More

The Architectural Glory of Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters

A new exhibit at the National Building Museum traces the architectural and cultural history of these stunning places killed off by technology and urban renewal. → Read More

What Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Costs New York City

Macy’s is famously tight-lipped about the parade’s price tag, but for NYPD and locals trying to get around, the costs can add up. → Read More

How California Cities Can Improve Wildfire Prevention

Proactive tree removal, ensuring defensible space around homes, and even improving firefighters' access to sites all sound like no-brainers, but none of them comes easy or cheap. → Read More

McKim, Mead and White: American Beaux-Arts Starchitects

McKim, Meade & White introduced and normalized classicism into the nation's architectural landscape. → Read More

Photos: Wildfires Are Destroying Huge Chunks of California

Northern California’s Camp Fire has destroyed thousands of homes and claimed many lives. Meanwhile, the Southern California Woolsey Fire has left much of Malibu under mandatory evacuation. → Read More

A New York City Park Built to Weather a Storm

The storm-resilient design of Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City, Queens, is built to withstand floods and storm surges. → Read More

How Cities in the Developing World Are the Front Lines of the Refugee Crisis

More refugees than ever are resettling in urban areas—particularly in the developing world. The humanitarian sector needs to support these cities. → Read More

Cities Will Bear the Brunt of Trump’s Aid Cuts to Palestine

In the course of a few months, the United States suddenly pulled hundreds of millions of dollars in aid. Experts weigh in on what that means for urban Palestinians. → Read More

How an Expanding Park in Queens Can Withstand Any Storm

By replacing Long Island City’s industrial waterfront with native grasses, Hunters Point South Park stands ready to withstand any storm surge. → Read More

Art On theMART Brings Chicago's Skyline Into The Future

A new projected video art display on the 2.5 acre facade of theMART will bring light and color to the city’s skyline two hours a day, five days a week, 10 months a year. → Read More

A Photographer Takes the Color Out of Hong Kong

What happens when you take the paint and neon out of the megacity? Pascal Greco’s stark photos reveal a harshly built environment. → Read More

Goodbye, Columbus Day

How cities turned against a controversial holiday. → Read More

Appropriating Back at Frank Lloyd Wright's Mayan Revival Icon

An artist contemplates Mayan life in the face of a U.S. architectural icon that fails to truly represent it. → Read More

How Hurricane Florence Turned Carolina Roads Into Rivers

Photos of the historic flooding from Hurricane Florence. → Read More

30 Years Later, David Hanson's Photographs of American Wastelands Still Matter

David Hanson’s work from the 1980s shows industrial damage to the American landscape that may never heal. → Read More

Will 'Rio Reimagined' Be John McCain's Legacy in Phoenix?

In his final year, the senator worked to revitalize a long-abandoned riverfront project in central Arizona. → Read More

A Park That Shows How Detroit Plans to Reinvigorate Its Neighborhoods

The reuse of over a dozen vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood illustrates the city’s holistic approach to redevelopment outside of downtown. → Read More

Why the EPA Is Coming for California's Car Emissions Regulations

At stake: The state’s half-century-long right to regulate auto emissions. → Read More