Emily Badger

San Francisco Is Going to Charge the Google Bus to Use Its Bus Stops

The city reaches a pilot agreement with tech companies operating the controversial private transportation networks.

It's Time to Stop Blaming Poverty on the Decline in Marriage

In reality, it's the other way around.

New York State Floats a Tax Credit for Renters

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes one to calm his critics.

Scientists May Have Decoded Your Social Circle

Researchers studying the shape of our social networks make some startling findings.

A Higher Minimum Wage Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty

With rippling effects on inequality.

Bus Spotting: Like Trainspotting, But Weirder

The quirky allure of photographing mass transport in the urban wild.

Should Cities Ditch Their Mayoral Mansions?

This outdated tradition may cause new mayors more headaches than its worth.

The Scientific Odds That Using a Cell Phone Will Make You a Bad Driver

Some impressively specific data.

The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

Which cities attract the most people, and what kinds of communities are losing them.

317,297,938 Reasons to Celebrate the New Year

The U.S. enters 2014 with a brand new population estimate.

If You Ride the Subway to Work You're About to Get Screwed

Come January 1, the federal subsidy for riding mass transit to work will be slashed.

An Unexpected Player in the Sports Subsidy Racket: ESPN

The broadcaster has been getting the kind of controversial tax breaks that normally go to the teams it covers.

The Eye-Opening Aerial Geography of U.S. Military Might

Fascinating patterns from overhead images of American military installations.

Should You Feel 'Car Culture' Guilt for Using Uber?

A host of services now enable people who don't own cars to still use them. Is that just as bad?

Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?

Phoenix says it has among veterans. Next it's aiming for the broader homeless population.

Our Favorite Maps of 2013

These impressed us for both what they illustrated and how they did it.

Boston's Outgoing Mayor Spent 20 Years Putting His Name on Everything

Thomas M. Menino leaves his successor with a particular problem.

Why Universal Pre-K Would Be Good for Poor and Well-Off Families Alike

Public high-quality programs save parents lots of money.