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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 FollowingTaking stock: As Uber and Lyft race toward initial public offerings in 2019, the ride-hailing rivals will face a stark reality: Neither company is profitable. That could change, though, if the future of ride-hailing can be bolstered by local policies and partnerships.As just one example, both companies openly support the policy of congestion pricing—attaching a user fee to roads in high-traffic urban centers, fluctuating at different times of the day. That kind of policy would meet some cities' goals of mitigating traffic, reducing emissions, and paying for public transit—and if it adds new barriers to personal car use, it could mean more people seeking out ride-sharing services. CityLab’s Laura Bliss has the story on the policy that will make the Uber/Lyft IPO pay off.—Andrew SmallMore on CityLabRebuilding a City from the Eye of a Child The ambitious mayor of Tirana, Albania, is selling a wary constituency on economic transformation by putting kids at the forefront of his agenda.Feargus O'SullivanA New Way of Seeing 200 Years of American Immigration To depict how waves of immigrants shaped the United States, a team of designers looked to nature as a model.Tanvi MisraThe New Stars of a NYC Subway Station: Very Good Doggos Artist William Wegman’s famous Weimaraners are now immortalized in mosaics in the New York subway.Mark ByrnesWhy Apple Bet on Austin’s Suburbs for Its Next Big Expansion By adding thousands more jobs outside the Texas capital, Apple has followed a tech expansion playbook that may just exacerbate economic inequality.Sarah HolderMapping the Subprime Car Loan Crisis A new tool by the Urban Institute maps the geography of car loan debt and delinquency.Tanvi MisraLose YourselfLeave it to a city council to remind you why every vote matters, especially if you’re running. Earlier this month, Cliff Farmer of Hoxie, Arkansas, missed an opportunity to vote for himself in a runoff election that ended in a 223-to-223 draw, the New York Times reports.Farmer lost to the incumbent, Becky Linebaugh, by tie-breaking a roll of the dice. But there were so many missed chances to break the tie earlier as he went on an all-expenses-paid work trip that flew back on Election Day: Here’s an excerpt:Mr. Farmer had also tried to vote before leaving for the trip, he said, but early voting at the local courthouse had shorter hours than in the days before the general election, during which he had voted early.“It wasn’t like I thought, ‘Hey I’m just going to party in Florida and forget this vote,’” he said.…Despite his inability to cast his own ballot, the importance of each and every vote hadn’t been lost on Mr. Farmer, who urged his wife, Sara Farmer, to make sure her voice was heard.“He told me, ‘Make sure you vote — if I lose by one vote, it’s going to be on you,’” Ms. Farmer, who voted early herself, said in an interview Wednesday.Read the full story in the New York Times.What We’re ReadingU.S. edges higher again on homelessness after seven years of declines (Wall Street Journal)A delivery robot burst into flames on Berkeley’s campus, and students held a candlelit vigil (Business Insider)The pedestrians strike back (New York Times)America’s hottest zoning debate is coming to Oregon (Slate)Donors to London’s abandoned garden bridge want their money back (The Guardian)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.