Emily Badger


First Responders in San Diego Have Rolled in Late to Thousands of Emergencies

This is what happens when the money dries up.


Barack Obama and Ray Kelly Are Saying the Exact Opposite Things on Racial Profiling

Two parallel conversations on race, violence, and stop-and-frisk.


A Child in Seattle Has a Much Better Chance of Escaping Poverty Than a Child in Atlanta

A vast new national study showing how income mobility dramatically varies by city.


Twitter Can Tell Whether Your Community Is Happy or Not

The results of a study of 82 million tweets from 1,300 counties.


The Most Thrilling City Council Commercial Ever

Courtesy the town of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.


Detroit's Bankruptcy Was Inevitable, Though It's Tempting to Think Otherwise

Stories of plucky urban homesteaders and community gardens may have distracted us from reality.


Only 3 U.S. States Bother to Study How Sentencing Rules Affect Minorities

How an idea borrowed from the environmental movement could help narrow racial disparities in the prison system.

Library of Congress

Is It Time to Bring Back the Boarding House?

Housing models that have long been banned in American cities could help make them affordable again.

Wikimedia Commons/Mark Byrnes

Hunger Makes People Work Harder, and Other Stupid Things We Used to Believe About Poverty

A history of how we came to change our minds.


A Map That Shows When Any Street Aligns With the Sunset

Manhattanhenge for every New York City neighborhood.


Are Some Places Just Too Fire-Prone for Us to Live?

With flooding, we have rules about where to build and how to prevent calamity. Why not with fire?


Is There Really an Upside to Manhattan's Unaffordability?

A provocative argument on Bloomberg's legacy.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Why We Need to Treat America's Poorest Neighborhoods Like Developing Countries

Life expectancy can vary as much as 25 years within some cities. And our current solutions are barely having an impact.

Luminous Cities

The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We've Ever Seen

Telling encoded stories of politics, natural disasters and social movements.


Exactly When Is a City Strong Enough to Spar With Walmart?

A delicate calculation.


The Insane, True Costs of Raising a Family in America's Major Metros

Why the federal poverty line really doesn't reflect a family's needs.


Where You Don't Have to Feel Bad If You're a 40-Year-Old Renter

Even with a family.

Flickr user Lee Johnson/Mark Byrnes

'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'


Yes, GIS Files Are Public Data, Too

California affirms that cities can't withhold digital mapping information.