Matt Stroud

Matt Stroud is a freelance journalist who often writes about the business of policing and incarceration.

What the U.S. Needs to Know About Japan's Vacant Property Crisis

When an aging population meets a low birth rate, an awful lot of housing gets left behind.

One Company Supplies Tasers to Virtually Every Police Department in the U.S.

A new documentary explores the rise of Taser International.

When 'Right-Sizing' Vacant Properties Goes Wrong

In Clarksburg, West Virginia, a seemingly successful move to demolish disused buildings and free up land has landlords crying foul. 

How Places Like Columbus, Indiana, Outrank Silicon Valley

These smaller cities shine when it comes to attracting and keeping jobs.

Is Free Rent Enough to Jumpstart a Sleepy Commercial District?

Birmingham finds success with an innovative program to rejuvenate a neighborhood.

Want to Get More Families Into a City? Pay Their Kids' College Tuition

Promise programs are springing up in Rust Belt cities. But some are working better than others. Here's why.

'We Buy Houses': Decline and Opportunity in Pittsburgh's East Suburbs

Penn Hills, Pennsylvania's foreclosure woes have left it in deep trouble. At least two entrepreneurs are cashing in.

The Nazi Olympics, Revisited

A new exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Holocaust Center explores the most infamous of Games.

The High Cost of a Homelessness Surge

With shelter space scarce, this winter has seen U.S. cities shelling out big bucks to house families in motels.

Fighting Crime With Former Criminals

Baltimore's program to mediate disagreements between gang members successfully prevents homicides

Why More Homeless Shelters Should Allow Alcohol

Wet shelters may be connected to more deaths than we'd like, but they offer a last-resort home to the chronically homeless

Why I Love (and Sometimes Hate) My City: Sala Udin on Pittsburgh

The former city councilman has worked for decades to revitalize one of Pittsburgh's most dangerous and deteriorated neighborhoods.

Do Nonprofit Hospitals Make Too Much Money?

Some of the most profitable hospitals in the nation are nonprofits, but they still receive tons of tax breaks

Do Poor People Make Neighborhoods Less Safe?

Not according to a new study - they just move to places where crime is already on the rise

In Mexico City, Vigilantes Police the Police

Are the drug wars to blame for violence against Mexico's federal agents?

How New Orleans Got Its Recycling Back

Why it took six years for the city to solve its waste problem

A Tale of Two Arenas: Detroit's Silverdome vs. Pittsburgh's Civic Arena

Two cities choose two very different paths in dealing with aging stadiums

Cleveland Doubles Down on Mandatory Recycling

Despite criticism, all city households will have garbage bins with tracking devices by 2015

Fighting Crime in an Era of Belt-Tightening

Can cities maintain – or decrease – crime rates while cutting police budgets?