Work

How the Streetcar Shaped Post-Katrina New Orleans

The system attracted commercial developers but may have displaced residential ones.

The Wealthy Country Trap

New research finds life satisfaction peaks around $36,000 GDP per capita. Then it goes down.

The Sriracha Shutdown Is Actually Happening

Stock up while you can.

The Start-Ups Trying to Kill the Credit Card

Forgot your wallet? No problem. Coin, PayPal, Google Wallet, Dwolla, and other tech companies are making it easier than ever to live without plastic.

Where 'Eds and Meds' Industries Could Become a Liability

If U.S. health care and education starts to cluster, some metro areas will lose.

3 U.S. Metro Areas Have Economies Larger Than Sweden

And other eye-popping comparisons.

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.

Why Chinese Cities Are Smaller Than They Appear

Focusing on total population—rather than the number of people actually residing in urban areas—obscures the extent of China's urbanization challenge.

Next Economy

Are Boomtown D.C.'s Days Numbered?

It's one of the few cities to emerge from the recession unscathed. But for its economy to keep growing, Washington must wean itself from the government.

Batkid Cost San Francisco $105,000, Says Paper

It turns out making a cancer survivor's dreams come true isn't cheap.

Why Can't Amtrak Get Food Right?

The passenger rail provider has lost $609 million on snacks and beverage service since 2006.

Philippines Typhoons Disproportionately Kill Baby Girls

Young girls have a higher risk than boys of perishing in the months and years after a typhoon, say researchers.

When Low-Wage Workers Can't Afford the Food They Stock Themselves

The awkward ethics of a Walmart food drive.

A Bewitching Look at Migration Patterns Among American States

Who would've thought that the state New Yorkers move to the most is Florida?

Where Atlantic Cities Readers Think Millennials Can Make It Now

Our series drew impassioned responses from city boosters and haters alike.

In Laid-Back Albuquerque, Millennials See a Chance to Live Well

Reasonably priced real estate and an active outdoorsy culture are just some of the reasons young people love the city.

Maps

The World Has Lost an Unbelievable Amount of Forest Since 1999

New high-resolution maps show that we've gobbled up green space more than twice the size of Texas.

Maps

America's Federal Employment Belt

How the federal government shapes job markets beyond D.C. – in Honolulu, Virginia Beach, and across the Sunbelt.