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Race, Gentrification, and Health in Philadelphia

A study finds that black residents in gentrifying neighborhoods are more likely to report poorer health.

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The South African Building That Came to Symbolize the Apocalypse

Ponte City, Africa’s tallest apartment block, is a mainstay of movies about the end of the world—but it was once an apartheid-era architectural triumph.

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What's Wrong With Sweden?

The bizarre Twitter assault on the Scandinavian nation’s immigration policies may be based on a fiction—but that doesn’t mean all is well in Malmö.

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For Schools, Gambling Funding Is No Jackpot

Though states often pledge to fund public schools with taxes levied on lotteries and casinos, that money tends to get funneled elsewhere.  

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When Lager Reigned

1880s Manhattan was a beery paradise, according to a teetotaling cartographer.

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What Should Cities Make?

President Trump is gung-ho about the U.S. producing more goods. But what, exactly, should cities be making in the 21st century?

Emma Jacobs

Paris's Ongoing Struggle to Shelter Migrants

Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced plans last May for a triage point to orient people more quickly into the French social system and eliminate informal encampments from city streets.

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What Happens When a Local Restaurant Gets Famous?

For a little Vietnamese pho shop in Seattle, home to a three-liter noodle bowl, popularity was a boon and a headache.

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Epic Boondoggles, Ranked

It’s not the Big Dig or the Second Avenue Subway. America’s biggest infrastructure quagmires are much, much larger than that.

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Ride Angry

The best thing about bicycle commuting is the rage.

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How to Uproot a 'Tree of Death'

Predictive tools can now track how a single shooting incident triggers a lethal cascade of gunshot violence—and predict who will be targeted next.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Is Detroit Really Making a Comeback?

Though it is back from the brink of bankruptcy, the city’s reality isn’t as rosy as the popular narrative suggests.

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The Cities That Have Risen From Ruins

Whether they’ve been leveled by wars or earthquakes, cities don’t tend to stay wastelands forever.

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What Squatting Can Teach Us About Wasted Space

In an era of extreme housing precariousness, a new book looks at the history of a radical alternative.

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The Private Lives of Vacant Homes

An art installation celebrates the spirit of boarded-up blocks of Baltimore and Japan.

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The Moral Baggage of 'Wastelands'

“An act of transforming the wasteland is seen as a redemptive activity that’s going to save the individual, the society, and the nation.”

David Ryder/AP

Could Gang Affiliation Be Used to Round Up DACA Recipients?

Immigration rights advocates fear that gang membership will be an easy way to criminalize whole groups of people.

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The Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Inner Mongolia

Zhao Liang’s latest film, Behemoth provides a ring-side seat to the effects of rapid development, commerce, and pollution in this autonomous region of China.