Politics

Nikki Haley's Vision for Racial Equality vs. Reality

The South Carolina Governor’s speech on equality is at odds with real life in a state facing some of the deepest racial divides.

What Surat Learned From a Preventable Flood

After a major flood, this Indian city decided it would not allow itself to become a disaster statistic once again.

L.A. Restaurants With New Fair-Pay Practices Stand Accused of Price Fixing

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against businesses that charge an extra 3 percent to cover employee healthcare.  

Maps

Scrambling for High Ground in FEMA Flood Map Disputes

A complex cartographic process that affects flood insurance rates has stirred pushback in places like New York City and New Orleans.

Another Argument for a Minimum Wage Hike: It Could Reduce Smoking

A 10 percent pay bump leads to a 5 percent drop in smoking rates among men, a new study finds.

California's 'Katrina' Could Be Coming to Sacramento

You don’t need a hurricane to have a catastrophic flood.

Why We Say 'Car Accident,' and Why We Need to Stop

The term suggests fatal crashes are inevitable and beyond our control—they're not.

Videos

When Fresno Was 'A City Reborn'

A 1968 film by Victor Gruen and Associates celebrates a revitalized downtown and a pedestrian mall that won’t be around much longer.

'Show Me a Hero': Home At Last

The HBO miniseries’ tragic final act concludes with residents moving into their new homes.

Brain Gain in the Rustbelt

Cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit are attracting more highly educated people.

Yes, Some Students Are Throwing Out Their School Lunch Veggies

But that doesn’t mean Congress should throw out healthier eating standards.

Hanksy Makes a Mural of Donald Trump as Poop

He was inspired to paint the New York piece after realizing “Trump kinda rhymes with dump.”

Learning to Live in Amsterdam by Learning to Ride Bikes

The director of a moving new documentary, Mama Agatha, talks about immigration, identity, and hope.

Here's How Often New Yorkers Pay Full Price For Illegal Cigarettes

A study finds that 15 percent of packs sold over the counter bear illegal tax stamps. Even for nonsmokers, that’s a lot of dollars lost.

Why Louisiana Fought Low-Income Housing in New Orleans After Katrina

For four years during massive rebuilding, the state imposed a moratorium on all new subsidized housing. The city is still paying the price.

A Place for the Mardi Gras Indians

With a planned “cultural campus,” New Orleans’s famed costumed tribes hope to take back their image.

Maps

Watch Poverty in School Districts Escalate Before Your Very Eyes

Since the recession, more children than ever are living in impoverished school districts.

Maps

10 Years Later, There's So Much We Don't Know About Where Katrina Survivors Ended Up

An incomplete picture of displacement and return in New Orleans, in maps.

When Racial Boundaries Are Blurry, Neighbors Take Complaints Straight to 311

In NYC, calls about noise and blocked driveways are most frequent in zones between racially homogenous neighborhoods.