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Where Wages Have Grown the Most (and Least) Since the Recovery

A look at the U.S. cities where salaries are rising the fastest.

Life on Minimum Wage Around the World

Stories of workers who survive on difficult work and little money.

Over 50 Percent of Food Stamp Recipients Live in the Suburbs

Meet the new geography of poverty.

What Gives American Factories Their Competitive Edge: They're Easy to Close

U.S. workers: Cheap to hire, easy to fire.

Why the Fast-Food Worker Strikes Are Doomed

Even if you're rooting for food service workers to have much higher wages.

These States Are Going to Become Green Energy Powerhouses

Wyoming and New Mexico are primed to become major exporters of wind power; solar power is going to take over California.

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

Scientists have discovered that being poor actually impairs our cognitive abilities.

When Class Became More Important to a Child's Education Than Race

In 1963, kids in the 10th percentile of income fell behind children in the upper echelon of wealth by about a year or so. Today, that gap is closer to four years.

Asia's Mega-Mall Boom Is Headed Toward Bust

How many more giant, empty malls will it take before development priorities finally change?

The New Geography of Jobs: Smart Policies Are Good, but Oil Is Better

How Texas and North Dakota won the recovery.

The Amazon Model: The Rise of Urban Start-Ups in Smaller Tech Hubs

A look at the patterns of venture capital investment in Seattle, Austin, and Chicago.

The Unlikeliest Heroes in the Battle Against Climate Change? Dung Beetles

The cow poop-crunching insects play a small but vibrant role in reducing greenhouse gases, scientists report.

We've Entered the Age of the 'Anti-Mall'

Even the suburbs have figured out that walkable retail, not enclosed big box stores surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go.

4 Questions for New York's Next Mayor About a New Penn Station

So far the plan has received all cheers, but a historic opportunity requires a serious conversation.

California's High-Speed Rail Plan Is in Jeopardy, But It's Hiring Workers Anyway

Officials say they will move with a worker training program, despite a court ruling that stopped just short of invalidating the line.

Next Economy

Why Chattanooga Doesn't Need Facebook

The city isn't looking for the next big thing. Instead, its cultivated a pipeline of small companies and innovative manufacturers.

From Sewing to Analyzing: The Historical Shift in Urban Work

Over the past century, cities have gone from being centers of specialized industries to arenas for diverse and complex employment.

Videos

Detroit Has 50,000 Stray Dogs and Only 4 Dog Catchers

And only three animal shelters.