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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.

Reuters/Jeff Haynes

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.


New York City's Energy Infrastructure Transformed Last Month and Nobody Noticed

A new pipeline massively expanded the amount of natural gas flowing into Manhattan.

AP/John Swart

Why It's Harder to Move Up in America's Segregated Cities

The pernicious, lifelong effects of concentrated wealth and concentrated poverty.


Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

How much would it take to make that possible again?


How 'Indie' Bookstores Survived (and Thrived)

Surprisingly, technology was a help, not a hindrance.


The Sad Disparity Between the Money the Philippines Needs, and What It Got

The world promised a lot of financial assistance after Typhoon Haiyan, but little of the cash has actually materialized.


How the Streetcar Shaped Post-Katrina New Orleans

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