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The Midwives of El Paso

For women at the border, where to give birth is a matter of enormous consequence. A birthing-center industry has flourished as a result.

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El Paso's Uphill Battle Against Sprawl

In some Southwestern cities, the dream of increased walkability may have limits.

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The Case for Branding More Immigrant Neighborhoods in Detroit

“We have Mexicantown, we have Greektown. So, let’s have Banglatown.”

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Upheaval in the Factories of Juarez

Labor unrest is spreading through the factories on the border, where people say they deserve more than $6 a day.

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How Permanent Supportive Housing Really Works

Programs like FUSE can help people who have cycled through jail and emergency rooms get off the streets for good.

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A Home for Single Moms and Ex-Cons

In one Harlem apartment building, unlikely neighbors are building a community.

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The Pervasive Fear of Affordable Housing in New Jersey

A March state-level Supreme Court ruling requires many municipalities to build hundreds of apartments. In some towns, opposition is getting nasty.

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The Housing Crisis for Americans With Disabilities

For millions of renters with limited mobility and other physical challenges, there are few homes and apartments on the market that work for them.

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When Government Tells Poor People How to Live

Residents in some public-housing units in Worcester, Massachusetts, must now get a job or go back to school. If they don’t, they’ll be evicted.

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The Cities Where People Shop Small

New data from JPMorgan Chase looks at the places where people do and don’t patronize the little guys.

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When Will Labor Laws Catch Up With the Gig Economy?

Companies such as Uber will get regulated eventually—but whether that's the best way to help on-demand workers is still being debated.

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How Poor Single Moms Survive

Welfare reform has driven many low-income parents to depend more heavily on family and friends for food, childcare, and cash.

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How Zoning Laws Exacerbate Inequality

Such laws aren’t just a headache for developers, economists believe. They’re bad for (nearly) everyone.

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Should Computers Decide Who Gets Hired?

When it comes to reviewing job applications, humans are relatively bad at selecting the best humans.

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Being White Makes It a Lot Easier to Get a Home Loan in Baltimore

That's a problem in a city where 63 percent of residents are black.

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Are Hispanic Immigrants Finding a Better Life in the U.S.?

Compared to other immigrant groups? No. Compared to their parents? Yes.

Richard Drew / AP

The Refugees Who Come Alone

Thousands have arrived in Syracuse, New York, without family, friends, or more than a handful of English words.

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Dorms for Grownups

Are “microunits” with shared spaces for cooking, eating, and hanging out a good solution for lonely Millennials?