Equity

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Six U.S. Cities Make the List of Most Surveilled Places in the World

Atlanta and Chicago top the list of U.S. cities that are watching their citizens with security cameras, but China leads the world when it comes to official surveillance.

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Donald Trump Knows How to End Homelessness

As a real-estate developer, he repeatedly argued that building adequate housing requires federal subsidies. As president, he’s forgotten that.

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The Homestead Child Detention Center Closed. Fight Plans to Reopen It

Activists in Florida shut down the nation’s largest detention center for children with migration complications. The Trump administration wants to reopen it.

Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate

Cities may struggle to gain support for climate action plans because they haven’t dealt with infrastructure issues that regularly afflict residents.

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The Trump Administration Wants to Relocate Skid Row to This Federal Building

Los Angeles homeless providers were rebuffed when they asked to use Cesár Pelli’s Hawthorne Building, which the White House is eyeing to relocate Skid Row residents.

As Flooding Worsens, Home Buyouts Move at a Snail's Pace

A new report finds that it typically takes five years or longer to complete the buyout process, leaving homeowners of flooded properties in limbo.

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East Harlem Hasn’t Gotten Its Subway Yet, But It Is Getting Vibrant Art

As East Harlem waits for the Trump Administration to fund the Second Avenue subway, the Uptown GrandScale Mural Project is changing blight to beauty.

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The Question the Presidential Candidates Don’t Get Asked

Affordable housing is an urgent crisis, and 11 candidates have presented plans for solving it. But you wouldn’t know this by watching the TV debates.

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Un-Corrupting City Hall

These cities all suffered notorious municipal scandals. What have officials and voters done to tackle corruption and keep it from happening again?

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Why Essex Crossing Is a Model Mega-Development

With a large share of affordable housing and restrained architecture, the six-acre project seeks to fit into—rather than shake up—New York’s Lower East Side.

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Rikers Was Planned as NYC’s Kinder, Gentler Jail. What Happened?

When Rikers Island jails were designed, critics called them “palaces for prisoners.” New York City is planning replacements, but will they be any better?

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Why Americans Stopped Volunteering

The terror attacks on September 11, 2001, inspired a national surge in civic spirit. But volunteering rates have been declining over the last two decades.

The Trouble With America’s Water

Lead-tainted drinking water is not only a problem in Flint and Newark.

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How to Build a New Park So Its Neighbors Benefit

A new report from UCLA and the University of Utah surveys strategies for “greening without gentrification.”

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California Just Upended Gig Work. Other Cities and States Could Follow.

Legislators approved a bill that would reclassify Uber and Lyft drivers as employees, but the debate over gig worker rights is only beginning.

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The White House Is Planning a Federal Intervention on California Homelessness

President Trump reportedly ordered officials to wade into the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. But local leaders are wary of federal involvement.

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What Makes Silicon Valley Different?

Historian Margaret O’Mara talks about her new book The Code and how Silicon Valley has maintained its competitive edge in high tech.

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From Dead Store to Pop-Up ‘Social Infrastructure’

A Boston nonprofit called CultureHouse is demonstrating how empty storefronts can be transformed into instant “social infrastructure.”

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After Amazon’s HQ2 Retreat, New York State Lawmakers Target ‘Corporate Welfare’

Democrats in Albany have introduced and are drafting various bills that seek to regulate economic development incentives.

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The Cities Where Job Growth Is Outpacing New Homes

Coastal metros are building more multi-family units than in the past, but it's still not enough. Meanwhile, in some Sun Belt metros, new building outpaces jobs.

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One Solution for America’s Empty Churches: a Change of Faith

On Buffalo’s East Side, long-vacant churches are finding new uses as mosques and temples. But faith-to-faith conversions can be controversial.