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New Docu-Series Paints a Complicated Picture of Life in a Fracking Town

'BOOMTOWNERS' examines how American communities weather rapid transformation in the thick of an oil boom.

How Baltimore's Curfew Is Throwing Off the Night Shift

Baltimore's 10 p.m. curfew may be keeping things calm, but it's a tough slog for local workers.

Americans Think the Middle Class Is Shrinking

The recession appears to have convinced many that they will never escape the working class.

The Port of Oakland Will Shut Down to Protest Police Violence

In a rare sign of solidarity, shipping owners are supporting the day-long protest.

Is Your Open Office a Nightmare? The Dream of the Supercubicle Is Still Alive

The 'Brody' is an effort to reclaim workplace privacy while preserving collaboration—and enhancing comfort and function for the modern office-dweller.

Videos

In One Upper East Side Bakery, a Victory for Labor Rights

The documentary "The Hand That Feeds" is a humanizing portrait of one battle in the wage war.

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What Sweden and Japan Can Teach the U.S. About Its Aging Workforce

The global population is getting older. What can countries do?

It's About Time New York Solved Its Trash Problem

The city produces a massive amount of waste, none of which is managed very efficiently.

Maps

The Geography of Well-Being

A new index takes a holistic look at America's inequalities. Yes, that's plural.

Cities Don't Need Smoking Bans to Be Smoke-Free

Longtime holdout New Orleans just banned smoking in bars. But there are better measurements of what most major cities are doing to clear the air.

Why City Noise Is a Serious Health Hazard

An audiologist explains why it's so much more than a mere annoyance.

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Nine to Five, After 65

The number of senior citizens in the workforce has nearly tripled since the 1970s.

It's a Restaurant, It's a Boutique, It's an Experiment in Crowd-Funded Real Estate

D.C.'s Maketto was built on literal buy-in from residents. Now, this crowd-sourcing model has spread to projects including 3 World Trade Center.

Manhattan's Towering Income Inequality, in 2 Charts

The borough's top 20 percent's mean income is 43 times that of the bottom 20 percent of earners.

How Livable Will Your Neighborhood Be as You Age?

The AARP's new “livability index” grades communities on seven resource areas that aging Americans will need.

America's Leading Creative Class Cities in 2015

In Cupertino, Palo Alto, and McLean, Virginia, more than three-quarters of the workforce belongs to the creative class.

Debunking 5 Myths About Texas High-Speed Rail

The "Berlin Wall" is not being built on your farmland, for one.

Preserving the Fading Sounds of Delhi's Street Vendors

A decade-long project showcases the vocal beauty of Delhi's pheriwallas, who are fighting a losing battle against the forces of globalization.