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Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.***What We’re FollowingToo big to rail: One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. Private companies (with some municipal subsidies) built huge rapid transit and streetcar networks that spread out from cities across the country, spurring the development of suburbs. New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston all boasted formidable subway and elevated rail systems. (WMATA/Shutterstock/Madison McVeigh/CityLab)Today, outside a few major urban centers, public transit is clinging to life support. The private automobile is usually blamed for this sharp decline in ridership, but, as Jonathan English argues, near-total collapse was not inevitable. Instead, the operators of these struggling U.S. systems have been ignoring one key lesson about what drove riders away: Service drives demand. Today on CityLab, here’s why America stopped building transit.—Andrew SmallMore on CityLabJohn McCain’s Unlikely Legacy Project in Phoenix In his final year, the senator worked to revitalize a long-abandoned riverfront project in central Arizona.Karim DoumarWork Habits Are Changing: Cities Need to Keep Up What does work sprawl mean for urban planning?Filipa Pajevi? and Richard ShearmurWorkers Rights, Silicon Valley-Style In the technology industry, labor organizing can get tricky.Tanvi Misra and Sarah HolderWeirdly, Canals and Trains Made Pre-Civil-War Americans Smaller Why a transportation revolution had some unanticipated side effects. Laura BlissMilitarization of Local Police Isn’t Making Anyone Safer Recent research shows that not only are militarized squads used disproportionately in communities of color, but contrary to claims, they reduce neither crime nor police injury or death.Tanvi MisraWhat We’re ReadingWhy counting everyone in the census is hard (Vox)The undocumented workers who built Silicon Valley (Washington Post)How much hotter is your hometown than when you were born? (New York Times)Why we should organize sidewalks as neatly as our homes (Curbed)What if Houston’s survival depends on giving in to the flood? (Slate)Tell your friends about the CityLab Daily! Forward this newsletter to someone who loves cities and encourage them to subscribe. Send your own comments, feedback, and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.