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Has Detroit's Recovery Been Robust Enough?

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.

Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

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.

Courtesy Maja Griffin

The Private Lives of Vacant Homes

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

Eddie Adams/AP

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.

Grasshopper Film

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.

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Wastelands Reborn

Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination.

Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room–Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

How Charlotte's Nasty Early 1900s Politics Paved the Way for a Century of Segregation

During the late 19th century, blacks and whites in the South lived closer together than they do today.

Eric Risberg/AP

Using Algorithms To Predict Gentrification

Data analysts are trying to give community development advocates the tools they need to fight displacement and economic decline.

Dave Kaup/Reuters

When the Machines Take Our Jobs, Will We Be Freed?

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson on the automated future of work.

Dominique Perrault Architecture

Paris's Grand Plans to Make a Tourist Hotspot More Appealing to Locals

The Île de la Cité has no excuse to be boring.

James Corner Field Operations

The Wild Comeback Of New York's Legendary Landfill

At Freshkills Park, where the city dumped 150 million tons of its garbage, human desires and nature’s needs are feeling their way to a new harmony.

Panoramic Interests

To House the Homeless, Berkeley Considers Stackable 'Microunits'

The city wants to erect a tower made of stacked, prefab 160-square-foot apartments.

(Nicola Urban, Tolmezzo, Italy)

Tiny Libraries, Big Ideas

A design challenge asked architects, book enthusiasts, and doodlers to rethink the little free library.

Amr Nabil/AP

The Politics Clogging Transportation Reform in Egypt

An emphasis on building wide roads and highways bring the government a façade of prestige without benefiting average people.

(AP Photo/Jim Wells)

The Meaning of Blight

A word that was originally about plant diseases became “infused with racial and ethnic prejudice” when it moved to the city.

Alex Brandon/AP

The School-Voucher Paradox

In Louisiana, an initiative reduced segregation in the education system, but not all families saw it.