Work

The Many, Many Jobs That Won't Earn You Enough to Live in Your City

What happens when a city becomes unaffordable to the people who keep it running?

Public Transit Is Worth Way More to a City Than You Might Think

A new report finds a hidden economic value of anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year.

How East Coast Tech Startups Became a Downtown Phenomenon

New zip code analysis shows a concentration of urban investment along the Boston-Washington corridor.

Sports Teams Really Can Save a City

How Indianapolis was transformed from a "racetrack in the middle of a cornfield" to a booming tourist attraction.

The Rust Belt Neighborhood in the Middle of Philadelphia

Meet the people transforming post-industrial Fishtown into a haven for artists and writers.

Should Cities Be in the Business of Issuing Debit Cards?

A proposal to help the unbanked (and often undocumented).

What's Killing New York's Lesbian Bar Scene?

Manhattan used to have a dozen options. Now, only 3 remain.

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Why Don't More U.S. Airports Connect to Amtrak?

A new federal report says the costs of intermodal air-and-rail hubs outweigh the benefits in all but a "limited number of places."

White Families Are on Average 6 Times Wealthier Than Black Families

A look at the wealth gap, and why it's growing.

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.

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What's Better Than Turning an Urban Highway Into a Park?

St. Louis will cover the highway that divides downtown from the waterfront. But some wish they'd removed the interstate altogether.

America's Diaper Crisis Is All Too Real

A study of one city finds nearly 30 percent of poor families don't have enough for their children.

Next Economy

If You Build It, They Will Come: How Cleveland Lured Young Professionals Downtown

It's easy, really: create places people want to be.

The Uneven Geography of America's Fast Food Jobs

Workers in seven metro areas are striking, but their wages are even worse elsewhere.

The Arab Spring Is Helping Fuel a Boom in Dubai's Property Market

Investors from crisis-hit Arab regions are driving the city's real estate market.

New York and Chicago's Century-Old Skyscraper Contest

The cities have been locked in battle since 1885, with no signs of stopping.

The Billion-Dollar Technology That May or May Not Prevent the Next Big Train Crash

Positive Train Control is coming to a railroad near you — but perhaps not as soon as the government wants.

Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

And how the part-political, part-psychological problem can be avoided.