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Data-led analysis, original reporting and insights from the world’s leading urban policy journalists and experts.

Who we are

City Monitor is dedicated to the future of the world’s cities. Our mission is to help our readers navigate how cities are changing and discover what’s next in the world of urban policy. Subjects we cover include transportation, infrastructure, housing, urban design, public safety, climate change, the economy, and more.

Our team

  • Allison Arieff

    Senior editor

    Allison Arieff is senior editor for City Monitor. She previously was editorial director of the urban planning and policy think tank SPUR, and a contributing columnist for the New York Times. Arieff was editor-in-chief (and a founding senior editor) of Dwell magazine. She lives in San Francisco.

  • Jake Blumgart

    Staff writer

    Jake Blumgart is a staff writer for City Monitor. He lives in Philadelphia and previously covered development, housing, and politics for WHYY, the local public radio station. His writing has also appeared in Slate, CityLab, Next City, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, and the American Planning Association's magazine.

  • Alexandra Kanik

    Data reporter

    Alexandra Kanik is a data reporter for City Monitor. Previously, she worked as a data reporter and interactive developer for Louisville Public Media in Kentucky and as a data reporter and web developer for PublicSource in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lives in Seattle.

  • Sommer Mathis


    Sommer Mathis is editor-in-chief of City Monitor. Before joining New Statesman Media Group, she served as the founding editor of CityLab, editor-in-chief of Atlas Obscura, and editor-in-chief of Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Architect magazine, and the Guardian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Adam Sneed

    Managing editor

    Adam Sneed is City Monitor's managing editor. He was previously a senior editor at CityLab and a technology reporter at Politico. He lives in Washington, DC.

  • Camille Squires

    Assistant editor

    Camille Squires is City Monitor’s assistant editor. Previously, she was an editorial fellow at Mother Jones, where her reporting focused on racial justice, immigration, and the evolving role of public monuments. She lives in San Francisco.

The Monitor Network

City Monitor is part of New Statesman Media Group’s network of industry leading specialist titles, including Investment MonitorEnergy Monitor, and Bank Monitor.

The Monitor Network’s mission is to explain how the world is changing for decision-makers in need of data-driven answers. We help our readers to lead effectively and define policies using the same rigour and quality journalism the New Statesman has long been admired for.