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An Exit Interview With the Woman Who Drove Pittsburgh Into the Innovation Age

Pittsburgh’s Chief of Innovation and Performance, Debra Lam, is resigning this month after two years of steering the city towards the future. Here are her parting thoughts.

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It's Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a Health Expert Lead HUD, Though

Maybe Dr. Ben Carson is not the best choice for HUD secretary, but the link between housing and health makes a medical professional a good pick for this Cabinet position.

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Can the Sharing Economy Root Out Racism?

The algorithms that power the online marketplace just reflect the racial discrimination found in society itself.

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It's Not the Gentrification, It's the Resegregation

Author Jeff Chang talks about why gentrification isn’t the perfect lens for looking at the geography of race in the U.S., but Beyoncé is.

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Black Architects Blast AIA Over Trump Support

The American Institute of Architects’ CEO apologized for issuing a congratulatory message to Donald Trump. But AIA member Bryan C. Lee Jr. wants more than that: He’s issueda call to action around designing for justice.”

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How Discrimination Against Black Veterans Helped Shape Urban America

A new report from the Equal Justice Initiative reminds us how racial violence and exclusion paved the way for today’s polarized America.

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A Controversial Police Chief's Parting Words With His Profession

Cameron McLay just resigned from his post as Pittsburgh’s police chief—right when urban policing is about to get a lot more interesting.

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The 'Inner City' Reality Is Complicated

It’s not easy, but we need to accept that one candidate’s dark vision of American cities holds certain truths.

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In Search of Answers on Gentrification

A new report on the affordable housing crisis warns that there’s no one single strategy that has yet proven effective in stemming the displacement of lower-income families.

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Are Black Voters in North Carolina Suppressed or Depressed?

So far, polling numbers from North Carolina are surprisingly low. What’s going on?

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Prepare to Have Your Vote Challenged in These Battleground States

Much of the damage done by self-appointed “poll watchers” will be hidden from the public, and will happen before Election Day.

It Follows, From Inner-City Detroit to the Suburbs

What urban myths tell us about racial fears.

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Austin's Police Chief Won't Tolerate Violence in His Ranks

Chief Art Acevedo has lambasted top brass over high-profile incidents of violence in his department. We need more of this.  

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In a Time of Crisis, We Need a New Language of Justice

Dr. Phillip A. Goff, the president and cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity, is developing a new vocabulary for racism and policing.

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Who Will Watch Trump's Vigilante Poll-Watchers?

Trump’s vague and reckless calls for supporters to “monitor” elections is voter intimidation, and it may be illegal under the Voting Rights Act.

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Even as Legal Weed Gains Acceptance, the 'War on Drugs' Continues

By the time you’ve finished reading this story, at least five people will have been arrested for simple drug possession.

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Donald Trump's Blaxploitation of 'Inner Cities'

The kind of thinking that equates black communities with “inner-city” crime has infected public policy and pop culture alike.


A New Film Explores Ties Between Slavery and Mass Incarceration

Selma director Ava DuVernay’s new film, 13th, lays bare the connections between America’s history of slavery and its broken prison system.