Emily Badger

The Steel Yard

The Case for Trash Cans as Art

When there's no other arts funding in sight, there's always the municipal waste budget.

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Los Angeles Bans Heat-Sucking Roofs

From now on, the city's building code will require new residential construction to include "cool roofs" capable of reflecting sunlight.

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Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

In some surprising ways.

An Uneasy Peace for a Cash-Strapped City and Its Prestigious Nonprofits

Nearly 40 percent of Providence's land is occupied by institutions that do not pay taxes. That worked fine until the city needed cash.

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The Lingering Power of Geography Over How We Communicate

Even in an era of cheap, digital communication, most of us are still talking to our neighbors.

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Detroit's Newly Elected Mayor Gets an Actual Job Description

The city's emergency manager reaches a power-sharing agreement.

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Where the Renters Live Now

The Census Bureau maps the homeownership rate of every neighborhood in America.

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Your Neighborhood Significantly Influences the Air You Breathe

Levels of pollution exposure can vary dramatically within a city.

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Can We Disrupt Poverty by Changing How Poor Parents Talk to Their Kids?

Young children who hear fewer words do worse in school. Providence wants to close the gap.

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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

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Bloomberg Plans to Give Out Free Advice on How to Copy Him

The outgoing New York mayor ramps up "Bloomberg Associates," a free consulting group for any city that will listen.

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How One Mayor Pulled His City Back From the Brink of Bankruptcy

Providence's mayor tamed his city's money problems in just one term. Will that propel him to statewide office?

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Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

Alongside every other building in Washington, D.C.

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America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

Median incomes have been growing the fastest, however, in a very different part of the country.

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How the Cost of Other People's Parking Drives Up Your Rent

By as much as $200 a month.

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Computers Can Now Automatically Stereotype 'Hipsters' and 'Bikers'

Scientists have trained algorithms to determine your "urban tribe" from your online photos.

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A Whole Lot of Americans Would Be Angry if Their Public Library Closed

More people use them than you may realize.

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3 Charts That Prove Anti-Poverty Programs Actually Work

New data suggests America's expanded safety net has been crucial to reducing poverty over time.

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How Instagram Alters Your Memory

A cautionary note about constant digital photography.