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Why Groceries Cost Less in Big Cities

Reversing the conventional wisdom on the cost of living in major cities like New York.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Why City Fees Keep Rising Instead of Taxes

No overall source of city revenue has steadily increased as much in recent years.

TechShop Detroit

Matching Affordable Housing with Affordable Working

A new movement seeks to extend the “co-working” model into small-scale manufacturing to benefit low-income workers.

AP Photo/Richard Drew

What the MoMA Worker Protest Says About the Future of Museums

As museums balance pleasing donors and serving the public, where do employees fit in?

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A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

The intervention has been effective in Chicago schools and detention centers.

Charles Allen

Public Art That Isn’t Garbage, but Collects It

Washington's experiments in community art haven’t always been great. But a new project with the city’s public-works trucks reflects the real D.C.

John David Bigl III/

Half of All American Families Are Staring at Financial Catastrophe

And they’re turning to payday loans and other lenders of last resort when crises occur.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Here Comes Summer, There Goes Your Running Water

In Detroit and Baltimore, residents behind on water payments prepare to go without. Why aren’t utilities going after delinquent big companies first?

Flickr/Stefano Montagner

One Reason It's So Hard to Become a 'Creative Superstar City'

A new study finds that cities with successful “creative economies” must have robust non-creative industries, too.

NYU Langone Medical Center

Tattooed New Yorkers Report All Kinds of Nasty Skin Conditions

Researchers say going under the needle can sometimes mean rashes that last for months.

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Shanghai Zoo Animals Keep Dying From Eating People's Garbage

Who knew feeding deer plastic waste would hurt them?

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File

The World Is Either Becoming a Much More Peaceful Place … or It Isn’t

A scholarly debate over the risk of war.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

The Failures and Merits of Place-Based Initiatives

Targeting select low-income communities for an infusion of resources isn’t the answer to the problem of urban poverty. But what is?


Relive 'Batkid' Fever With the Trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

Everybody’s favorite feel-good story is getting a theatrical release.

Next Economy
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America's Aging Population Is Bad News for Women's Careers

Unless the U.S. can put policies in place to support family caretakers.

Aarian Marshall

The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked

A list-based guide to looking beyond the listicle.

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Irregular Work Schedules Have the Biggest Impact on Women

A new report reveals who is hit hardest by erratic hours and unstable incomes.

AP images

To Fix Baltimore, Start With the Kids

Mental health resources, affordable child care, and better police relations would go a long way toward improving the lives of disadvantaged youths.