Emily Badger

Michael Vanger

The Agonizing Wait for the Train, Charted

A smart new visualization of what it really means to wait for the subway.

Reuters

And There Was Joy in Washington

Scenes from a city reopened.

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The Case for Cul-de-Sacs

People who live in them actually have greater social cohesion, according to one sociologist.

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

A Disturbing Animation of 15 Years of Evictions in San Francisco

How a California state law has helped convert many rental properties into condos.

Brookings

The Metros That Sorely Need the U.S. Government to Keep Paying Its Bills

Where Americans depend the most on federal spending.

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The Neverending Evolution of 'Quality of Life' Rankings

Society has been quantifying the "best" places to live for a long time, but the things we care most about are never fixed.

Reuters

The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

If everyone you know is telling you to buy a house, you should read Robert Shiller's work.

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White Flight's Surprising 'Silver Lining'

The historic exodus of whites from American cities helped boost black homeownership nationwide.

Accurat

Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City

An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.

Truckers for the Constitution

How Not To Protest the Government

A very weird plan to send Washington a message by disrupting D.C.'s commuters.

Victor Powell

The Salaries of Every Single BART Employee, in One Uncomfortable Picture

Fascinating context for the transit workers who may soon go on strike, again.

USDA.gov

Think the Shutdown Doesn't Affect You? Try Applying For a Mortgage

Why the legacy of the housing crisis is making the government shutdown even more disruptive.

NCLC

The Depressing Geography of Debt Collection

Where creditors can legally take your car, your home, the last dollar in your bank account, and your kitchen appliances.

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Where Even the Middle Class Can't Afford to Live Any More

Some startling math from the country's most expensive cities.

Reuters

A Terrible Idea to Create Two 'Tiers' of Voting in Local and National Elections

The latest in creative tactics to deter voters from the polls.

Reuters

Detroit is Paying $600 an Hour to the Guy Appointed to Oversee Insane Bankruptcy Expenses

The high cost of going broke.

Why Surveillance Cameras Might Be Bad for Creative Economies

An unusual argument against Big Brother on city streets.

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The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

And counting all of the people (and jobs) who have supposedly moved there.

Airbnb

A Milestone in Airbnb's Awkward Relationship With New York

The company says it wants to work with the city to pay occupancy taxes.