Emily Badger

Who Needs Central Heat When You Live Above a Subway Shaft?

A smart plan to warm homes with heat recycled from the London Underground.

When Low-Wage Workers Can't Afford the Food They Stock Themselves

The awkward ethics of a Walmart food drive.

Should Cities Be Able to Set Their Own Abortion Restrictions?

Voters in Albuquerque will decide today whether to ban late-term abortions, the first such municipal referendum in the country.

Why Some Expensive Cities May Be More Affordable Than We Think

A different way of measuring what we spend on housing.

The Rise of Staying Put

Why has America been growing less mobile for 60 years?

Where Home Values Have Plummeted the Most Since the Recession

An uneven geography of disappearing wealth.

Why the Government Now Cares What You Spend on Gas

Affordable housing isn't all that affordable without low-cost transportation. The feds are starting to recognize this.

How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.

The Simplest Way to Get People Biking

Show them how much time they waste using other modes of transportation.

How Flickr Predicted Hurricane Sandy's Landfall

An amazing comparison of social media meta-data, in two charts.

The Federal Government Wants In on Car-Sharing, Too

The GSA hopes it will save money. In the process, it could also help spread the idea much further.

An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City

Watch the commuting patterns of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Why Your Rent Is Rising Faster Than Inflation

The decline of homeownership has moved more people onto the rental market, pushing asking prices up at an alarming clip.

Detroit Heads to the Polls to Elect a Mayor Who Won't Have Any Power

How do you campaign to be in charge of nothing?

Maps Never Meant for Human Eyes

This is what a 3D map looks like when compressed into 2D form, as only computers can read it.

Behold: The Rental-Backed Security

The investors who brought us mortgage-backed securities are now betting on housing again, with a twist.

Mapping 60 Years of White Flight, Brain Drain and American Migration

An interactive picture of Americans perpetually on the move.

Can't Afford London's Sky-High Rent? Try Commuting From Barcelona

A sign your city may have finally become way, way too expensive.

The Radical Case for Bloomberg's 'Nanny' State

Is government intrusion into what we eat, drink, and smoke the future of public health?