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Alana Semuels

The Destruction of a Black Suburb

Lincoln Heights, Ohio, once had the potential to become a thriving community, but today it’s in crisis. This is no accident.

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

Sometimes, Defaulting on a Mortgage Is a Smart Decision

During the recession, some families made a tough choice: lose a home but protect other finances.

Agencja Gazeta / Reuters

Getting Rid of Bosses

Can a company succeed if no one is in charge?

Alana Semuels / The Atlantic

Affordable Housing, Always

Gentrification is pushing long-term residents out of urban neighborhoods. Can collective land ownership keep prices down permanently?

Alana Semuels

How Housing Policy Is Failing America's Poor

Section 8 was intended to help people escape poverty, but instead it’s trapping them in it.

Robert Galbraith / Reuters

Millennials Are Searching for a Different Kind of Career

According to a new poll, younger workers do in fact care less about money and more about fulfillment.

Keith Bedford / Reuters

Long Commutes Are Awful, Especially for the Poor

Yet another consequence of gentrification.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

In the Sharing Economy, No One's an Employee

Such jobs may offer flexibility and other benefits, but traditional legal protections for workers aren't part of the package.

Jim Fitzgerald / AP

Where Should Poor People Live?

Studies say that lower-income people do better when they live in affluent neighborhoods, but rich people don’t want them there. A few states are seeking ways around that resistance.

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A Lonely Life for Immigrants in America's Rust Belt

To be far from home in a major, diverse metropolis such as New York or Los Angeles is one thing. But those who have landed in small cities across the Midwest face a whole other sort of isolation.

David Ryder / Reuters

The G Word: Gentrification and Its Many Meanings

Changing neighborhoods may be a class issue, but in America, that means it’s also a racial one.


Can Seattle Go Any Greener?

The city looks to become a hub for smart building technology.

Fiorenzo Maffi / Reuters

America's Aging Population Is Bad News for Women's Careers

Unless the U.S. can put policies in place to support family caretakers.

New York City Housing Authority

New York City's Public-Housing Crisis

Many of the city's enormous low-income residences are in need of millions and millions of dollars of repair work. Why are they still standing at all?

Robert Galbraith / Reuters

The Economy for Young People Is Still Terrible

The era of the overeducated barista is here to stay. College graduates are still spending more and more years (and money) to get worse and worse entry-level jobs.

Courtesy Katie Smith

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.

Brian Snyder / Reuters

Stranded: How America's Failing Public Transportation Increases Inequality

The nation’s crumbling infrastructure makes it hard for those living in poverty to access jobs, quality groceries, and good schools.

Alana Semuels

New Balance Bought Its Own Commuter Rail Station

Instead of asking Boston’s cash-strapped public transit system to add a stop, the company simply paid for one itself.

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

The Curse of Segregation

Some cities and neighborhoods are stuck in vicious cycles of poverty while others have a proven track record of turning poorer children into economic success stories.