Emily Badger

Reuters

Foreclosures Have Caused a Lot of Problems – Crime Isn't One of Them

New research debunks this fear in 142 cities across the U.S.

CoLab Radio

An Ode to Abandoned Chairs

Have a seat.

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

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The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

Philadelphia voters are in uncharted territory as the state fights over restrictive new ID legislation.

C. Doersch et. all

Data-Mining a City's Visual Identity

Researchers train an algorithm to tell us why Paris looks like Paris.

Candy Chang

Confessions From Sin City

Private fears of unrequited love, heartbreak, and dying alone are put on display for all to see.

Reuters

Why New Orleans Should Have a Daily Newspaper

Who does the city's newspaper really belong to? Not the Newhouses.

Pew Research Center

The Rise of Economic Segregation

Increasing income inequality is changing the patterns of where Americans live, according to a new report.

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Living in Some Parts of Chicago Can Take More Than a Decade Off Your Life

Invariably, the impact falls the hardest on low-income minorities.

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Visualizing the New York Subway System's 'Data Exhaust'

What do 1.6 billion mass transit trips through the city look like?

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The U.S. Airports Most Likely To Influence the Spread of Global Disease

The worst culprits aren't necessarily the ones you'd expect.

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George Lucas's Lesson to NIMBYs: Careful What You Wish For

The filmmaker lost a long-running zoning battle with his California neighbors. Now they may get something they want even less than a movie studio in their back yard: low-income housing.

Reuters

The Secret Lives of Zipcar Drivers

Think the system runs on sharing, community and trust? You're wrong.

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How the Cutting Edge in Crowdsourced Crime Fighting Could Do More Harm Than Good

Police in London want you to help hunt for pick-pocketers with your smart phone. It's an idea with serious flaws.

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How the New iPhone Will Expose Cities Lagging on Open Data

Once Apple releases its new mapping software, you'll only be able to find the bus if you live in a city with open data.

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What Might Gas Stations Look Like When Hardly Anyone Uses Gas?

Some whimsical responses to a serious question.

Reuters

The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)

The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.

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Why Crowds Can Turn Deadly

New research confirms that human psychology isn't the cause. Physics is.

Emily Badger

Soliciting the Solicitors

Cities are inundated by charity canvassers right about now. So we thought we'd stop and ask them a few questions.