Work

Maps
Esteban Moro and colleagues

What Twitter Can Tell Us About Unemployment

Where, when, and how people tweet reveals information about the socioeconomics of a region.

CityFixer
Jason Lawrence / Flickr

How Super-Small, European-Style Delivery Vehicles Could Make U.S. Streets Safer

A growing class of cargo vans enables smarter intersection design.

Wkimedia Commons

Choose One, Millennials: Upward Mobility or Affordable Housing

The paradox of the American Dream: The best cities to get ahead are often the most expensive places to live, and the most affordable places to live can be the worst cities to get ahead.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Kentucky Hopes You'll Eat Its Invasive Carp

If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em?

Anna Valmero

How One Manila Company Is Helping Female Entrepreneurs Modernize a Traditional Business

Sari-sari stores are ubiquitous in Philippine cities, and nearly all of them are owned by women—who are now bringing their businesses into the future.

Hank Shiffman/Shutterstock

Why Gas-Station Restaurants Are Great for Suburbs

A new crop of restaurants in gas stations, like Seoul Food D.C., will help suburbs grow into more authentic urban places.

Ted Eytan/Flickr

Meet the Few African-American Owners in D.C.'s Bar Boom

The revamped H Street corridor in Northeast D.C. has become a profitable place for African Americans to open bars. But they face more hurdles to getting a business running than the area's mostly white newcomers.

Dan Glass

Risking Life, Limb, and Waterborne Parasites for 'Trespass Theater'

A true tale featuring secret meeting spots, cops, a knapsack full of iPhones, and a live performance that floated down New York's Gowanus Canal.

Videos

Gentrification 'Without the Negative' in Columbus, Ohio

A local arts group moved into an abandoned factory. What does it mean for the surrounding neighborhood?

Maps
Library Of Congress

What We Can Learn From a Vintage Visualization of Global Migration

A French archival map represents global migration circa 1858 in strikingly similar ways to how researchers do it today.

keystricken/Flickr

A Toast to John Shields, Who Made Every Trader Joe's Feel Like Home

As the West Coast chain went national in the '90s, the former CEO—who died recently at 82—went to great lengths to infuse local influence into each new store.

U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

The Fall and (Partial) Rise of the Rural Creative Class

The rural creative class has recovered from the recession like its urban counterparts—but it’s how and where that matters.

Egg-Freezing Parties Aren't Going Away Any Time Soon

They've jumped from Manhattan to the West Coast. How much farther might they spread?

Patrick Coulie

An Etsy Co-Founder and His Wife Have Big Plans for Albuquerque

From a digital fabrication startup to green buildings, Jared and Laurie Tarbell are trying to make downtown a hotbed of innovation.

Steve Shupe / Flickr

Why Traffic Jams in Big Cities Are a Problem for Small Towns, Too

Congestion in major metro areas leads to freight backups across the country.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The Rise of Invisible Unemployment

Three theories about today's biggest economic mystery: If unemployment is shrinking, why aren't wages growing?

Photos
Mike Osborne

The Avenues of Monopoly, Captured in Pictures

One photographer's investigation of Atlantic City shows how far the city is today from the romance of the classic board game.

Matthew G. Dicker/Shutterstock

The Economic Case for a New Chicago Area Trail

Steve Buchtel pitched the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail, which will stitch together disparate suburbs of Chicago, as offering benefits beyond recreation.

Associated Press

New York's Rat Population Is Far Smaller Than You Might Guess

The latest tally of the city's rat horde dispels the myth that the city is home to "one rat per person."