The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

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


How Little Things Add Up to Keep Homeless Kids From School

Baltimore's neediest students often struggle to find transportation and afford things like uniforms.

Flickr/Elvert Barnes

The Baltimore Police Department Is Having Its Own Stop-and-Frisk Scandal

New York's not the only city with a stop-and-frisk program, or a stop-and-frisk problem.

Flickr/Taber Andrew Bain

How to Prepare for Climate Change: Put Air Conditioning in Schools

Because an awful lot of them don't have it.

NASA Goddard / Flickr

Friday's NASA Rocket Launch Will Be Visible From South Carolina to Maine

Here's how to maximize the chances of spotting the flaming Minotaur V, scheduled for an 11:27 p.m. EDT blast-off.

Ben Marcin

Heartbreaking Photos of Lonely Rowhouses

In "Last House Standing," Ben Marcin shoots neighbor-less rowhouses surrounded by dreary, vacant lots.


A Search for the Brands of Beer Most Likely to Land You in the E.R.

Four malt liquors accounted for nearly half of all alcohol-related emergency-room patients in Baltimore.

Dustin Cable

A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America

A story told in dots.

Library of Congress/Google Maps

Baltimore, Then and Now (1911 to 2013)

A peek at how the city's changed on its 284th birthday.


How Keeping Track of Slumlords Became One Baltimore Woman's Full-Time Job

Carol Ott spends her days publicly shaming bad property owners, despite hate mail and death threats.

Why Is the Baltimore Harbor Suddenly Murky White and Full of Dead Fish?

A mysterious (and disgusting) change in the appearance of the harbor water has locals scratching their heads.


In the Climate Change Economy, It's About Efficiency, Not Just Growth

North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.


Why Cities Should Be Leading the Push for Immigration Reform

New research suggests that immigrants could boost housing values in precisely the shrinking cities that need it.


6 More U.S. Counties Are Now Majority-Minority

Welcome to your demographic future, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kaid Benfield

A Second Life for Some of Baltimore's Vacant Properties

The city has about 16,000 empty buildings, and it's developed a unique program to rehab a small number of them.


Scary Footage of the Train Derailment That Rocked Baltimore

The impact could be felt at least 21 miles away.


Why You May Not Be Seeing Many 17-Year Brood II Cicadas

Where's the dang swarm, already?

Newspaperman/Giovanni Boldini (1878)

Why Big Cities Make Media Liberal

And why the Koch Brothers can't do anything about it, even if they buy up the Tribune papers.

MPI's Zara Matheson

America's Most Post-Industrial Metros

The cities that lead America's transition from a goods-producing to service economy.