If you want to understand how meritocracy acts as a cover for inequality, look no further than our broken understanding of gratuity.
As WeWork crashes and Uber bleeds cash, the consumer-tech gold rush may be coming to an end.
Millennial movers have hastened the growth of left-leaning metros in southern red states such as Texas, Arizona, and Georgia. It could be the biggest political story of the 2020s.
The 150-year history of how a once-rural party became synonymous with density.
After a post-recession boomlet, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas are all seeing their population decline.
“Wealth work” is one of America’s fastest growing industries. That’s not entirely a good thing.
America’s urban rebirth is missing something key—actual births.
Many of the administration’s most famous policies are impediments to affordable construction.
Manhattan’s shuttered storefronts tell a larger American story: Only Amazon-proof businesses can now survive in brick and mortar.
Each year, local governments spend nearly $100 billion to move headquarters and factories between states. It’s a wasteful exercise that requires a national solution.
New York’s empty storefronts are a dark omen for the future of cities.
Tech analysts are prone to predicting utopia or dystopia. They’re worse at imagining the side effects of a firm's success.
There’s a broader strategy behind two-hour delivery for heirloom tomatoes.
Corporate goliaths are taking over the U.S. economy, yet small breweries are thriving. Why?
A blockbuster report from government economists forecasts the workforce of 2026—a world of robot cashiers, well-paid math nerds, and so (so, so, so) many healthcare workers.
In the middle of the 20th century, Sears accounted for a full percentage point of U.S. GDP. By the early 21st century, it was in steep decline. What happened?
One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?
Food-service jobs are eating the economy. Maybe that’s not a good thing.
Conservatives say the state has a tax problem. Liberals say it has an inequality problem. What it really has is a city problem.
With a plan to buy Whole Foods, the retailer’s $14 billion wager isn’t just about the future of food. It’s about the future of shopping—especially for rich urban consumers.
Most used to work in July and August. Now the vast majority don’t. Are they being lazy, or strategic?