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A Mesmerizing Drone Tour of the Port of Oakland

Peek into a major player in global commerce.

Overtime Gets a Break

President Obama announced a regulation to more than double the threshold for overtime pay. How much will this help the American middle class?

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How Seattle Is Reclaiming Its Waterfront From an Elevated Urban Highway

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming down, and a vast new park system is coming up.

Why Employment Protections Must Be the Next Step for LGBTQ Americans

After 40 years of efforts, there is still no federal law protecting queer and trans workers from job discrimination. This failure is keeping those communities in poverty.

Nearly a Third of Americans Own at Least One Gun

They’re predominantly “white, married men over the age of 55,” say researchers.

Should Boston Think Differently About an Olympic Bid?

Version 2.0 of the Boston 2024 bid frames the Olympic Games the right way: as a means to an end in building housing and transit.

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Wealth Doesn't Trickle Down, But the Effects of Housing Discrimination Do

From 1990 to 2010, wealth has accumulated in ever-richer neighborhoods, thanks in part to exclusionary housing practices.

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How Cities Can Make Work Safer for Recycling Workers

A new report outlines the dangers posed to these workers, and the ways cities can make the job less hazardous.

The Trash Man Is Watching You

Some cities now charge residents based on how much garbage they produce. People cheat. In comes the enforcer.

The 'Great Migration' Was About Racial Terror, Not Jobs

“The North and the Congress basically gave up on equality for African Americans, and that set us on a course that we have not yet recovered from.”

The Confederate Flag Has Cost South Carolina Millions in Tourism

The NAACP’s longtime boycott of the state over its contentious Confederate flag has cost cities like Columbia and Charleston at least $10 million.

How Millennials Are Reviving Cleveland

The downtown population is at an all-time high, and young workers are leading the way.

How Can We Understand the Charleston Shootings? With This Syllabus

A group of professors have created the #Charlestonsyllabus to illustrate the histories of faith, race, and violence that collided in a mass murder.

America's Fantasy of a Four-Day Workweek

Will Americans ever let out a deep breath, crack open a beer, and say, “Thank God it’s Thursday”?

America's Most Promising Pro-Jobs Policy

More than 100 U.S. cities and counties have now adopted some type of “ban the box” law, which prohibits employers from asking job candidates about criminal convictions before the first interview.

Mapping the Spread of U.S. Baby Names Over the Past 100 Years

There was a clear north-south divide up through the 1970s, when this adorable geography began to scatter.

Stockholm Will Open Sweden's First Discount Supermarket for the Needy

Rising income inequality is a problem in Scandinavian countries, too.  

An Audacious Plan for Baltimore's Vacant Industrial Spaces

New “makers spaces” in a struggling neighborhood could bolster the local economy with small-scale manufacturing opportunities.

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A Case Study in Bike-Friendly Suburban Planning

It’s not just possible, it’s happening in Houten.