How To Keep [Your City] Weird

To protect a city’s character, residents need to welcome change.

Chicago History Museum

Why Don't All Schools Look Like This One?

When it opened 75 years ago, Crow Island School revolutionized school design. It’s had many imitators since, but few can match its vision for experiential, child-centered learning.

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Growing Up in a City Where Everyone Goes Into Engineering

Most children in Hyderabad, India, are expected to follow a STEM career path. But a startup called LearnEd encourages them to explore all their options.

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Why the Federal Government Should Let Cities Hire Local Workers

Federally funded infrastructure projects come with strict policies that don’t allow locals-first hiring. Here’s why cities should lead.

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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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Wage Inequality and America's Most Successful Cities

Economic inequality is increasing almost everywhere, but some U.S. metros have it far worse than others.

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The Nation's Best Family Leave Plan Could Be Coming to D.C.

The proposed 16 weeks of paid leave could make a big difference for many caring for a new baby or sick parent.

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New Orleans Has a New Jobs Program. But Can It Stop Bullets?

The city council has granted the mayor’s wish requiring local hiring for city-contracted projects. Will more jobs really mean less violence?


A Growing Problem for 9-1-1 Dispatchers: Butt-Dials

Getting rid of accidental emergency calls could save San Francisco more than $2 million yearly, says an official.


We're So Close to Alleviating Global Poverty, and Yet So Far

The world’s extremely poor population will drop below 10 percent this year, but some areas are still struggling.

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Why Can't American Stadiums Be Beautiful?

Americans should build fewer ballparks and arenas. But if we’re going to keep building no matter what, we should put some effort into them.

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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.


The Nursing Home That's Also a Dorm

More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone.


Law Enforcement Really Doesn't Like Civilian Oversight

In New Orleans and Chicago, police officials continue to butt heads with independent monitors while the NYPD takes some steps toward accountability.

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The Alt-Weekly Death Spiral Strikes Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Paper, remembered.

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A State-by-State Map of Where Immigrants Came From

The new Pew interactive covers 1850 to 2013.

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For Immigrants, the 'Melting Pot' Is a Mixed Bag

An extensive new report looks at the positive and negative outcomes of assimilation.

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In Morocco, Reviving the Storyteller

The number of master storytellers in the country has dwindled, but one man is instructing a new generation in the ancient tradition.

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A Texas County Just Sued VW for $100 Million Over Its Emissions Scandal

The “first” local government action against the carmaker surely won’t be the last.