Emily Badger

Why It's So Hard to Figure Out the Sharing Economy's Winners and Losers

A new study suggests Airbnb cuts into hotels' business. But is that necessarily a bad thing?

How Cold Does It Have to Be Before Cities Are Required to Shelter the Homeless? Depends on Where You Are

A survey of varying mandates.

Taxi Drivers Miffed Over Uber and Lyft Just Sued the City of Chicago

They say they're trying to protect riders.

A Detailed Map of the Net Migration Flows for Every U.S. County

People are leaving Minneapolis for Florida, Detroit for the suburbs, and Washington for New York.

Yes, Rent Is Rising Much Faster in America's Tech Hubs

But Internet companies and their high-paid web developers are only part of the story.

What We Can Learn by Tracking the Movements of Fashion Designers

The results reveal the power of agglomeration as we've never been able to see it before.

How Much Power Do Cities Really Have to Combat Climate Change?

A global survey.

This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.

The Stubborn Persistence of America's Digital Divide

The quarter of households without Internet are disproportionately made up of families with less income and education.

Why We Shouldn't Obsess Over the Falling Homeownership Rate

The economy doesn't need more homeowners right now. It needs more households.

Visualizing Exactly How Subways Distort Our Sense of Space

An experiment from Shanghai.

Why Anti-Big Box Laws May Actually Be Bad For Small Retailers

The real threat doesn't come from the Walmart Supercenter. It comes from Walmart Express.

How Atlanta's History Helped Set the Stage for This Week's Weather Debacle

A crisis decades in the making.

Why the Real Estate Industry Is Interested in Drones, Too

They're quickly changing the art of visualizing buildings.

How to Tell If We're Really Entering Another Housing Bubble

Recent claims that we're already there may be overstated.

How a Minor Snow Storm in the South Led to So Many People Sleeping in Pharmacies and Grocery Stores

A traffic nightmare with major repercussions.

The Google Bus Didn't Cause San Francisco to Become Super Expensive, But It May Be Accelerating the Process

A visual study.

This Map Wants to Change How You Think About Your Commute

With the help of 4.2 trillion points of data.

The Wrongful Death Suit That Could Finally Define Uber

Questions over just who can be held liable in the "sharing economy" are coming to a head.