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Mapping the Rise of Anti-LGBT Legislation on the First Anniversary of Nationwide Marriage Equality

Sunday marks one year since a huge victory for marriage equality. But over that year, discriminatory legislation has exploded across the U.S.

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Were the Freddie Gray Trials Destined to Fail?

Convicting police is notoriously difficult. But even acquittals may expose changes that need to come in Baltimore.

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Did Treasury Waste Its Bailout Funds on Fighting Blight?

A federal audit of an anti-blight program finds broad potential for fraud and abuse. But the program is still worthwhile and necessary.

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What That Ticketmaster Class Action Settlement Really Gets You

In Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster, suburban Slipknot fans are the real winners.


Splashy (and Suspect) Swimming Pools Are the Hottest Design Trend of 2016

Architects and designers are giving the swimming pool another look.

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Will the Orlando Massacre Move the Needle on Hate Crime Legislation?

The answer is yes, at both city and state levels—but they may move in different directions.

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Why Public Pension Funds Are Slow to Divest From Gun Manufacturers

It’s hard for cities to fund public pensions without supporting weapons and ammo manufacturers, even when they want to.

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In Texas, Toll Roads or Flood Preparedness?

The state is spending billions on toll roads when it should be investing in flood infrastructure.

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One in Five Americans Has Sacrificed Spending to Make Rent

A new poll suggests that millions cut spending on groceries, clothing, and even medical care just to make rent over the past year.

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Are the Most Famous Firms in Architecture Dueling?

A new design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro strongly resembles a 2007 proposal by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

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Federal Help for Poor Families With Children Is Evaporating

The deepening affordability crisis is hitting the most vulnerable the hardest: very poor families with children.

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The Stadium Boondoggle Is Migrating to the Suburbs

When suburbs pay massive subsidies for professional ballparks, everyone suffers.

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Should Landlords Be Licensed?

Toronto is considering an experiment that would give landlords and apartment buildings restaurant-style grades. /

Is FOMO Driving Your Housing Decisions?

People who are favoriting their friends’ smart housing purchases are more likely to make their own.

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Austin's Post-Uber Plan: Break Up the Taxi Cartel

Uber and Lyft have pulled out of the city, but a new proposal to deregulate taxis could change what kind of rides Austinites take.


Mapping the Incredible Spread of Million-Dollar Homes Across San Francisco

96 percent of homes in the city’s Westwood Park neighborhood cost $1 million or more.

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This Housing-Auction Startup Thinks San Francisco Rents Are Too Cheap

Instead of a traditional application process, a startup called Rentberry wants potential tenants to bid on apartments, eBay style.

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Why the 'Psycho' Mansion Is Now on the Roof of the Met

British sculptor Cornelia Parker draws inspiration from two masterworks for her installation—and apprehension about urban progress.