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How Can We Understand the Charleston Shootings? With This Syllabus

A group of professors have created the #Charlestonsyllabus to illustrate the histories of faith, race, and violence that collided in a mass murder.


Just in Time for Juneteenth: A Mapping Tool That Makes It Easier to Spot Environmental Justice

The EPA's new EJSCREEN layers demographic and environmental information into a single index.

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Let This Delightful Mailman Guide You Through Detroit's Racial Divide

The postal route of Wendell Watkins is ground zero for redevelopment, and perhaps displacement.

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Has America Given Up on the Dream of Racial Integration?

Across the country, communities are starkly divided, with African Americans living in one section and whites living in another, and a lot of people seem to be okay with that.


Black Charleston Residents Were Targeted Well Before the Tragic Shootings

“You have to go,” the alleged killer reportedly said to black church members. That’s not the first time they’ve heard that.

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Every Single County in America Is Facing an Affordable Housing Crisis

A new report reveals that zero counties in the U.S. have enough housing for families in extreme poverty.

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Mapping Where American Workers Spend the Most on Housing

It would take service workers in San Jose 20 years to save up for a home.

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The Supreme Court Is Set to Decide the Future of Fair Housing

The court will soon settle a question about housing discrimination that has been with us since the ‘68 riots and white flight.

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‘Dog Racism’ Is Probably Legal, Probably Bad

A Manhattan co-op board says it will DNA test dogs to determine whether their breeds meet guidelines for pets.

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A Help-the-Homeless App That Isn't Just Lazy 'Clicktivism'

The creators of WeShelter “don’t want people to stop at tapping the button.”

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U.S. Sprawl Peaked in 1994 and Has Been Declining Ever Since

A new study also suggests it started much earlier than you might think.

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Why the Bay Area's $6 Billion Bridge Is Already Defective: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Two-Parent Families Are More Common in Northern U.S. States

The very states where candidates are running on “family values” platforms have more single-parent families than anywhere else.

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Cleveland Is Mapping Every Abandoned House in the City, the Old-Fashioned Way

Eight pairs of surveyors are covering every street in the city to determine exactly how many homes are vacant.


13 Portraits of Highrise Life, From Around the World

Each of these individuals shared their stories with the years-long HIGHRISE project, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

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The Big, Big, Big, Big Money Behind Tall Buildings

How super-luxury apartments became a major global investment tool.

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How the 'Black Tax' Destroyed African-American Homeownership in Chicago

Predatory (yet perfectly legal) tax-lien sales were perfected in the city in the 1970s. The crisis continues today.


The Case for Raising Housing Vouchers for Higher Rent Neighborhoods

Rents vary more by neighborhood than by city, and housing-assistance funding should reflect that.