Emily Badger

The Rise of Invisible Work

Companies like Airbnb and Etsy are redefining what it means to have a "job." Is that good for the economy?

The Absurdity of Apartment Ads, Now Brought to Your Grocery List!

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How National Income Predicts Traffic Safety

In ways that aren't always obvious.

The U.S. Cities Where the Fewest Commuters Get to Work By Car

And where bike commuting has been growing the fastest.

Vancouver Is About to Get the World's First Bitcoin ATM

The digital currency gets a neighborhood portal.

The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain

Research finds that poor children are more likely to end up with impaired brain function as adults.

An Extraordinary 'Synthetic' Map of Every Household in America

By age, size, income and race.

What the Future of Driverless Cars Will Actually Look Like

Tallying the potential benefits in fewer accidents, less fuel needed, and more road capacity.

Why Eminent Domain Can't Save Broke Cities Like Richmond, California

The very places forced to consider last-ditch solutions for underwater homeowners have problems that are too complex to be easily solved.

The Embarrassing Truth About How We Talk About Small-Town America

What aren't we saying when we sum up small towns as close-knit and quaint?

How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It

New research suggests that children who live with peeling paint and broken appliances have greater emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges.

The U.S. Metros With the Most Political Influence

In 2012, just 10 counties - out of 3,000 - were responsible for 30 percent of contributions made by individuals to national candidates.

Yes, the Internet Is Taking Up Time You Used To Spend With Actual People

Fresh data for the debate on social capital in the digital era.

Americans Vastly Overestimate How Diverse the Country Really Is

Which may help explain how they feel about demographic change.

San Francisco's Fluctuating Rent Looks an Awful Lot Like the NASDAQ

A startling chart of the booms and busts of office space.

How Traffic Congestion Affects Economic Growth

For good and bad.

Where Opportunity Is Hardest to Find

A map of America's unequal economic mobility.

Chicago Survives the Months-Long Red Line South Reconstruction Project

The quiet end of a major mass transit disruption.

The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs

Los Angeles rolls out interactive neighborhood health profiles covering everything from crime stats to obesity rates.