About CityMetric

What is CityMetric?

More than half the world's population now live in a city. By the middle of the century, it'll be 70 per cent. The site you're reading exists to explore all the topics affecting that growing slice of humanity.

We've designed it with mobile devices in mind, to make it as easy as possible for our audience of policy makers, business leaders and interested consumers to read the latest insights into the urban world.

Our unofficial tagline is, "Urbanism for the social media age; infrastructure news with a side order of snark".

 

Who is CityMetric?

CityMetric is an arm of the New Statesman, the British magazine that's been at the forefront of political and cultural journalism since 1913.

The NS launched CityMetric in July 2014, with the goal of creating an urbanism magazine site that would take complicated and technical ideas from the world of city planning, and make them accessible to a mainstream audience. 

Since then, we've published everything from data journalism, to listicles, to 5,000 word essays on the relationship between the urban form and economic history – as well as a hell of a lot of maps.

 

What topics do you write about?

All human life can be found in the city, so the material for a publication such as this is potentially limitless, but we tend to focus our attention on practical and wonkish matters such as infrastructure, economics and the built environment.

We've broken our content into five sections:

·         Business: finance, economics, and the corporate world.

·         Politics: how cities are planned, managed and governed.

·         Transport: planes, trains and automobiles.

·         Fabric: architecture, infrastructure, demographics – the physical make up of the cities around us.

·         Horizons: a place for ideas: past, present, and especially future.

The site also keeps tabs on the topics we're covering most frequently, and lists them in the ‘trending’ section of the menu bar.

 

Which places do you write about?

Our remit is global. We've run stories about cities on every inhabited continent, from Medellín to Helsinki, Lagos to Adelaide.

That said, we remain a British news organisation, so we tend to cover the UK more than most countries – and London most of all.

 

Why don't you publish comments on your articles?

Because internet comments have not, in our experience, tended to be fun.

That said, we're all in favour of reader engagement – you can talk to us on our Twitter feed or our Facebook page, and there's a pretty good chance we'll talk back. 

 

Do you have any partners?

Funny you should ask. The Centre for Cities is the UK's leading urban think tank, the first port of call for anyone who seeks to understand and improve the economic performance of Britain's cities. 

Since July 2015, it’s also been our data partner. You'll find a link to the Centre's excellent cities data tool in the top bar of this website. We also write regular articles exploring and explaining the insights we discover using the tool, too.

 

Are you politically aligned?

Whilst our parent magazine has over 100 years' experience of being at the forefront of political debate, CityMetric is editorially independent and not politically aligned or affiliated. We're less interested in ideology than we are in what works.  

That doesn't mean you'll never read an opinion here: but when you do, you'll frequently spot its opposite, too.

 

Can I write for CityMetric?

Anything's possible: we've published articles by architects, planners, academics and students, as well as professional journalists.

Send us a short pitch, and we'll try to come back to you within a week or so.