San Francisco's tech companies are bringing it down, L.A.'s having trouble growing up, plus sexy cabbies, vertical cemeteries, Bloomberg's next act, and much, much more in this week's Urban Reads.

  • Michael Bloomberg is starting an urban think tank and taking most of his City Hall team with him [New York Times]
  • The 60-year-old theory that can still pretty much predict the size of a country's biggest cities [i09]
  • One likely reality in our ever-densifying, vertically growing cities? Cemetery skyscrapers [Gizmodo]
  • In L.A., a judge has ruled that Hollywood's new community plan to allow taller buildings and denser development is "fatally flawed" [Los Angeles Times]
  • This urban explorer's photo essay includes some daring (and highly illegal) activities [Co.Exist]
  • "One might hope that buildings and neighborhoods where the future is being shaped might reflect a similar sense of innovation. Even a little personality would be nice." Paul Goldberger on the new wave of starchitect-designed tech company campuses... [Vanity Fair]
  • …but Allison Arieff argues that tech companies are still, for the most part, not very good urbanists... [New York Times]
  • …maybe because some tech leaders still think San Francisco is "overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash" [Valleywag]
  • Meanwhile, a faked protest on Google's employee bus leads to a real conversation about a public-private partnership with the city to improve bus stops [Next City]
  • In case you've found yourself lusting after your cabbie: New York City's taxi drivers have posed for a sexy calendar [Atlantic Cities]

Opening image courtesy of Michael Lopp—who you should be following on Instagram. Got an Instagram of your own you'd like us to use in our next link round-up? Tag it #gizmodocities and we'll be in touch if we want to post.

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