With the rapid expansion of unmanned aircraft systems, both commercial and personal, there is increased need for relevant regulations to manage our urban skies. With all the opportunities they offer, drones also pose serious issues such as land use, privacy, safety and liability, which are difficult to address and which divide the public. How will drones be used in the future city? How can we successfully regulate air traffic in our cities? Should drone regulation be determined at a local, national or supranational level? Do regulations that work for dense cities such as New York, also work for cities like Los Angeles?