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When Your City Is Killing You

In Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, author Kurt Hollander explores the way a city's air, food, and diseases actually affect us.

Why America Has One of the Highest Child Poverty Rates in the Developed World

Blame our public policy, which hasn't kept up with the massive changes in American family structure.

A Simple Way to Reduce Urban Poverty: Pave Streets

New research finds that paving streets boosts housing wealth, which boosts credit use, which boosts household consumption — all for little cost.

How Nonprofits Can End Up Becoming a Drain on City Budgets

Municipal governments can't sit idly by while tax-exempt organizations get services for free.

Would We Leave Disaster-Prone Cities in the Absence of FEMA?

Economist Matthew Kahn wonders how coastal areas might adapt to climate change without federal assistance.

The Rush to Resilience: 'We Don't Have Decades Before the Next Sandy'

Two experts weigh in on how to prepare our cities to fight back against nature.

These Are the Cities That Can Show Us How to Create Jobs

America's most competitive large metros for job growth.

The Poverty Gap Between Men and Women Around the World

To the extent that "having it all" means women having the same economic security as men, this chart on relative poverty shows it's still an elusive goal.

Don't Forget, Local Governments Are Facing a Fiscal Crisis of Their Own

It's not too late for President Obama to help fix this, and it's in his interest anyway.

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The Needlessly Inscrutable Geography of Scientific Funding

Data are scarce, but a look at grants from the National Institutes of Health gives us at least a partial picture.

5 Beneficiaries of Hurricane Sandy

Devastation isn't bad news for everyone.

The Other Hurricane Sandy: The Storm's Impact in Haiti

The country's government has proven surprisingly capable in the face of its latest natural disaster.

Making Our Coastal Cities More Resilient Can't Wait

Hurricane Sandy is the wake-up call.

The Legacy of the London Olympics? Memories and Debt

What were the Games good for, exactly?

The U.S. Housing Recovery: Still Uneven

Parsing the latest numbers from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.

14 Stunning Sandy Statistics

A by-the-numbers look at the wreckage left behind.

The 66%: America's Growing Underclass

For almost two-thirds of us, the American Dream is a virtual impossibility.

What Really Happens When a City Makes Its Transit System Free?

Turns out there is such a thing as a free ride.