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Trump's Wall Is Moving Forward Now, But It's Still Impossible

The government seeks contractors for design prototypes of a border wall with Mexico, a project that’s (probably!) still a pipe dream.

Mike Segar/Reuters

Why Millions of Americans Never Finish College

Across the country, the same hurdles keep students from obtaining degrees, often putting middle-class jobs with good wages out of reach.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Don't Dismiss the Early Signs of a Turnaround in Detroit

The Motor City faces monumental challenges, but it’s too often criticized for its glimmers of hope.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The Stubborn Problem of Ageism in Hiring

When older adults expect to encounter age discrimination, it can set off a cycle that leads to long-term unemployment.

Seth Wenig/AP

How One Nonprofit Breaks the Cycle of Incarceration

Staffed mostly by ex-offenders, New York’s Fortune Society works to build a safety net for its clients, even before they’re released from jail or prison.

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What's Wrong With Sweden?

The bizarre Twitter assault on the Scandinavian nation’s immigration policies may be based on a fiction—but that doesn’t mean all is well in Malmö.

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NYPL

When Lager Reigned

1880s Manhattan was a beery paradise, according to a teetotaling cartographer.

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What Should Cities Make?

President Trump is gung-ho about the U.S. producing more goods. But what, exactly, should cities be making in the 21st century?

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Epic Boondoggles, Ranked

It’s not the Big Dig or the Second Avenue Subway. America’s biggest infrastructure quagmires are much, much larger than that.

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When the Machines Take Our Jobs, Will We Be Freed?

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson on the automated future of work.

Gary Cameron/Reuters

The Cities That Will Feel a 'Day Without Immigrants'

In addition to being key to creative work, immigrants contribute enormously in the working-class and services sectors of the economy.

Erin Siegal/Reuters

America's Lost Talent

The future of many American cities—and of the nation itself—depends on the skills of foreign-born workers. The Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies could spell economic disaster.

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Learning the Business Lessons of Hip Hop

At Philadelphia’s new Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship, aspiring businesspeople hone their skills with the guidance of hip hop artists and moguls.

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Welcome to the 'Great Divergence'

Before 1980, places in America with lower average incomes grew faster than their richer counterparts, so that incomes converged. Today, that’s no longer the case.

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Understanding a St. Louis Mayoral Candidate's Viral Takedown of a Local Newspaper

Just in case you have any questions about Tishaura Jones’s letter slamming the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s editorial board, CityLab has you covered.

Boone County Schools

Those Who Teach, Learn

In a Kentucky suburb, student teachers are embedded in a public elementary school, helping them bond with kids and get real-time feedback while lightening the load for veteran teachers.

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The Oroville Dam Crisis Exposes the Flaws in Trump's Infrastructure Plan

A near-disaster in California probably wouldn’t be averted by the kind of privatized investment that the president has in mind.

Stephan Savoia/AP

Employers Are Making Baby Steps on Paid Leave Policies

The U.S. still lags far behind other developed countries in allowing paid leave to new parents, but companies that have invested in more generous policies say the return is worth it.

Library of Congress

How Immigrants Changed the Geography of Innovation

A new report shows how immigrants fueled regional inventiveness, bolstered creative momentum within their industries, and drove long-term technological growth.