Emily Badger

Why Chicago Wants to Turn a Struggling Neighborhood Into a National Park

Officials want to turn Pullman, America's first company town, into a historic hotspot for tourists. Will they come?

The U.S. Has a Social Mobility Problem, But Not the One You Think

A child's chances of reaching the middle class aren't declining. But whether they get there depends a lot on where they live.

Americans Are Deeply Divided Over What Causes Poverty in the First Place

Which makes doing something about it all the more difficult.

How Texting Actually Changes the Way We Walk

The science of distracted strolling.

The Government Is Really Bad at Predicting Americans' Driving Habits

The Department of Transportation repeatedly over-estimates vehicle miles traveled.

What Would Google Bus Commuters Do if the Google Bus Didn't Exist?

Drive every day? Move closer to work?

How to Make Waiting for the Bus Feel Much, Much Shorter

Transit users often feel like they're waiting about 50 percent longer than they actually are.

10 Years of London Underground Ridership Data in One Map

A picture of growth across space and time.

Driving Is Actually Less Energy-Efficient Than Flying

A revealing comparison in how we've come to use two very different modes of transportation.

Security Guards for Google's Company Shuttles: This Just Doesn't Look Great

The latest provocation in San Francisco.

The Map That Reveals 5,900 Natural Gas Leaks Under Washington, D.C.

Researchers say a dozen of them are bad enough to cause explosions.

What Will Happen to Public Transit in a World Full of Autonomous Cars?

It's not too soon to start asking.

Why Chicago Is Rolling Back Free Parking for the Disabled

The city begins enforcing a new Illinois law today.

Congress Just Started Caring About the Sharing Economy

A friendly first hearing on Capitol Hill.

The Weird Stuff That Happens When You Sign Up for Food Stamps

"We started getting these letters."

The L.A. Public Library Is About to Start Offering High School Diplomas

Not GEDs. Diplomas.

This Chart Explains Why the Nation Is Riveted By the Chris Christie Scandal

Never underestimate the power of commuting issues.

One Reason the Poor Have So Little Political Clout

The disadvantaged are the least likely to vote. What does that mean for their interests?

Why Houston Is Changing Its Alcohol-Sales Law to Help Food Deserts

A complicated geography of churches, produce, and beer.