Emily Badger

Benedikt Groß and Joseph Lee

The Deeply Private Information Hidden in Plain Sight

A project mapping every pool in Los Angeles raises awkward questions about the tradeoff between privacy and big, public data.

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Rand Paul Thinks He Can Show the GOP How to Court Urban Voters

The libertarian from Kentucky has his own plan for how to save Detroit.

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How the Poor Are Squeezed Out of the Most Affordable Housing

A worsening trend that spans four decades.

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Is It Stealing if You Charge Your Electric Car in a Public Outlet?

One man was jailed for topping his car off at the local middle school.

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Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

How much would it take to make that possible again?

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The U.S. Cities Leading the Decline in Driving

Several may surprise you.

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The Rise of Civic Tech

Technology is poised to seriously disrupt some of the last remaining domains: government, city hall, and your neighborhood.

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Serious Foursquare Users Interact With Public Space in a Totally Different Way

The technology can make it easier to approach strangers, and alter our sense of belonging.

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Reality Check: Cars Didn't Save Our Cities From Being Buried in Horse Manure

An increasingly relevant history lesson.

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The Wealthy Country Trap

New research finds life satisfaction peaks around $36,000 GDP per capita. Then it goes down.

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Why U.S. Cities Have Been Making it Harder to Feed the Homeless

Los Angeles is the latest city to consider a ban on providing meals to the homeless in public.

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Neurotic Travelers Get a Holiday Gift From Google Street View

The service has started mapping airports and other transportation hubs.

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3 U.S. Metro Areas Have Economies Larger Than Sweden

And other eye-popping comparisons.

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Tracing the World's Most Complicated Roadways With GPS Data

How highway interchanges become beautiful color-coded open-source maps.

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Why the Last Unconnected Places Are Worth Keeping That Way

In praise of powering down.

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Young People in Miami and Houston Better Start Shopping for Health Care

The young, healthy and uninsured are the most coveted cohort in health care. And they're disproportionately clustered around the country.

What Will Happen to Grandma's House When No One Wants to Buy It?

New projections from the future of a changing market.

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Why Vancouver Is Banning the Doorknob

A not-so-ridiculous idea.

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Your Long Commute Is Sapping Your Will to Care About Politics

And it's not because time spent in your car is time you can't spend reading Politico.