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Can We Disrupt Poverty by Changing How Poor Parents Talk to Their Kids?

Young children who hear fewer words do worse in school. Providence wants to close the gap.

The Weird Economics Behind London's Disappearing Pubs

It's actually the pub industry's tough practices that are giving local boozers the greatest problems.

Safer Streets Pay Off for Businesses

Case studies from New York City.

Are Hurricanes Getting Stronger?

Science may finally be approaching an answer.

German Cities Fear a Fresh Immigration Wave

Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will get full access to Western Europe's job market and welfare systems next year.

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America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

Median incomes have been growing the fastest, however, in a very different part of the country.

Why Some Communities Foster More Entrepreneurs Than Others

Self-employment is a riskier bargain in places with weak social ties.

How Many Months it Takes an Average Worker to Earn What the CEO Makes in an Hour

Economic inequality, in stark relief.

It's Time for California to Fund High-Speed Rail Itself

A recent court ruling demands a clear plan to pay for the line — likely one that doesn't involve federal money.

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The Case for a Local Minimum Wage

Given the differences in housing and living costs across U.S. metros, a single national rate makes little sense.

3 Charts That Prove Anti-Poverty Programs Actually Work

New data suggests America's expanded safety net has been crucial to reducing poverty over time.

Why I'm Not Embarrassed to Have Been Fooled by the Google Bus Protest Hoax

People are angry about Silicon Valley's private shuttles for some very real reasons.

Texas Architects Will Soon Have to Be Fingerprinted

Is this really necessary?

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Revitalizing the Suburb Without Giving Up the Car

How do we make over places where driving remains essential?

McDonald's to Its Minimum-Wage Workers: Here's How to Tip Personal Trainers and Nannies

Will they never learn?

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Does Paying Food-Stamp Recipients to Eat Healthier Fare Work?

People in underserved communities want better food. They just can't afford it.

Climate Change Is Creating Anxious Fish

Acidic oceans are stressing out fish, say researchers, and that's not good for global food security.

Where the World's Biggest Christmas Shopaholics Live

Hint: Not America.