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Black Workers Really Do Need to Be Twice as Good

African American employees tend to receive more scrutiny from their bosses than their white colleagues, which over time leads to worse performance reviews and lower wages.

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Housing Boom, Schooling Bust

Why does a strong real-estate market push people to forgo getting an education?

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Explaining Chinese Restaurants, Korean Dry Cleaning, and Indian Motels

A combination of social networks, skills, and circumstance can lead to ethnic groups clustering around a single industry.

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A Small Boost in Family Income Makes a Big Difference for Kids

A new study finds more cash can significantly improve long-term outcomes for poor children. Especially those with emotional or behavioral problems.

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A High School Where College Is Not the Goal

At Randolph Technical High School in Philadelphia, students are learning about carpentry, culinary arts, and auto repair. Has the system given up on them, or has it saved them?

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The Real Power of Public Housing

“The story of American public housing is one of quiet successes drowned out by loud failures,” writes the historian Ed Goetz.

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For Renters, a Bleak Future

America’s housing crisis will likely worsen during the next decade, with millions more struggling to make monthly payments.

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When the Poor Oppose a Redistribution of Wealth

As inequality spreads, support for sharing economic gains should increase. So why is it fading?

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The Dangers of Visible Inequality

A new study shows that the wealthy are less benevolent when they know just how poor their neighbors are.

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The Tiny Town Where Almost No One Owns a Car and Everyone Takes Taxis

Private automobiles are prohibitively expensive in Bethel, Alaska, and so is gas. Public transit is nonexistent.

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The Village That Will Be Swept Away

Residents of Newtok, Alaska, voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part.

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The Uneven Success of America's Housing Policy

Section 8 is supposed to help people move to areas with less poverty, but it’s worked better in some places than others.

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What Should Become of America’s Slums?

Efforts to dismantle segregation may take resources away from some of the poorest communities, where investment is most needed.

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The Racial Gaps in America's Recovery

The national unemployment rate continues to improve, but progress has been much slower for blacks and Hispanics.

Mike Segar / Reuters

A Long Road Home

The systems in place to provide aid after natural disasters often fail those who need help the most.

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White Flight Never Ended

Today's cities may be more diverse overall, but people of different races still don’t live near each other.

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Aging Pipes Are Poisoning America's Tap Water

In Flint, Michigan, lead, copper, and bacteria are contaminating the drinking supply and making residents ill. If other cities fail to fix their old pipes, the problem could soon become a lot more common.

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The Myth of New Orleans's Affordability

Cities with “cheap” housing aren’t cheap if wages are relatively low.

Alana Semuels

How Chicago Is Trying to Integrate Its Suburbs

The city, long divided into black and white neighborhoods, is asking affluent counties to pitch in.