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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.

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'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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Damn the Developers?

Regular old home buyers are having a hard time finding places they can afford. Are investors to blame?

What Sweden and Japan Can Teach the U.S. About Its Aging Workforce

The global population is getting older. What can countries do?

Nine to Five, After 65

The number of senior citizens in the workforce has nearly tripled since the 1970s.

Millennials: Not So Cheap, After All

For a while, young people were taking public transit and using car-sharing apps instead of buying cars. But now they're heading to the dealership, just like their parents.

Women Are Owning More and More Small Businesses

But don't celebrate just yet.

The Very Real Hardship of Unpredictable Work Schedules

The 17 percent of workers who deal with erratic scheduling tend to be those who can afford instability the least.

From Unemployed to Small-Business Owner

How a New York state program helps out-of-work people start businesses while still collecting unemployment insurance.

Where the White People Live

How self-segregation and concentrated affluence became normal in America.

Rich People Are Great at Spending Money to Make Their Kids Rich, Too

The poor spend relatively more on what will keep them alive, because they must, and the rich spend more on what will keep them rich, because they can.

What Education Can and Can't Do for Economic Inequality

A new study looks at whether or not a college degree can chip away at income disparities.