Amanda Erickson

The Depressing Political Reality Keeping Kids Hungry When School's Out

During the summer, students who qualify for free lunches often don't eat them. There's a way to fix that, if only Congress would act.

Philadelphia Is Ground Zero in the Fight to Save Catholic Schools

A peek at the archdiocese's unprecedented push to bring back its struggling schools.

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.

Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

They require less space, and they offer what under-served communities often really need -- internet access.

How Rob Ford Could Save Toronto: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Flags for the Fallen

The country prepares for Memorial Day.

4 Big Questions Looming Over Chicago's School Closings

It's been a bruising and emotional year for Chicago's Board of Education and opponents alike. But the hardest part is still to come.

Tea Time in Syria

Arresting images of the ordinary amid devastating war.

'Worse Than May 3, 1999'

What will Oklahoma's recovery cost?

The Pain of China's Devastating Earthquake, 5 Years Later

The Sichuan earthquake killed more than 70,000 people, and an additional 18,000 are still listed as missing.

When Gun Control Fails: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Terrifying Images of the Damage Wrought by the Texas Tornadoes

At least 6 people were killed; scores more were injured.

Berlin: Barbie's New Home

The famous doll now has a life-sized mansion in the center of European Bohemianism.

It's the End of the Road for This Waterlogged Roller Coaster

Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, work crews are dismantling New Jersey's Jet Star.

Car Repair Didn't Go So Well? Smash Your Luxury Ride to Smithereens

This is apparently how some Chinese drivers handle this frustration.

Paris's Beloved, Legal Artist Squatter Community in Peril

A stand-off with the city could cost Paris one of its most-visited bastions of Bohemianism.

The Real Life Towns That Inspired 'The Great Gatsby'

Vintage photos of Long Island's mansions.

Why Did the Ostrich (or Snake, or Llama) Cross the Road?

9 adorable images of animals wandering the streets.

Beijing's Creepy, Abandoned Theme Park Is Finally Coming Down

Once, developers dreamed of building "the largest amusement park in Asia." But no longer.