In Houston, HUD Assailed for 'Government-Sponsored Segregation'

Advocates in Texas are charging the department with rolling back fair housing laws.

A student marches in a Black Lives Matter rally.

The Rising Criminalization of Black Girls

In D.C., black girls were arrested at a rate over 30 times that of white youth in 2015.

Murals depicting David Bowie and Bernie Sanders in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles

Do Art Scenes Really Lead to Gentrification?

A new study finds that arts establishments are actually more concentrated in affluent and gentrified—rather than gentrifying—neighborhoods.

A woman sits inside her store as man walks past a message displayed on a building, reading "0 shots, 0 killed today, in Chicago".

Forget Broken Windows: Think 'Busy Streets'

This theory suggests neighborhoods can fight crime by getting locals to clean up and maintain their own public spaces.

How Does a Violent-Crime Spree Affect a Community?

The “continuous trauma” of a drawn-out event like the Austin bombings is different than a one-time disaster.

A man is taken into custody in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Florida Will Bring More Transparency to Its Justice System

After a bill passed by the Florida legislature is signed into law, the Sunshine State will gather more criminal-justice data and release it to the public.

Abandoned homes in East Cleveland, where a land conservancy has been working to acquire vacant properties.

Land Conservancies Enter Unfamiliar Territory: the City

Some eco-minded groups that traditionally focus on rural conservation are turning their attention to urban areas, in an effort to combat inequality and sprawl.

The Austin Bombings Were Terrifying. But Were They 'Terrorism'?

Absent a motive, the serial bombing attacks in Texas hadn’t been labeled with the term. Now, police say the suspect has been killed.

The Hidden Workers of New Delhi's Shiny Satellite City

A French photographer captures the disconnect between the promise and the reality in the Indian capital’s hyper-privatized township.

The Right Way to Regulate Algorithms

They’re intended to make decision-making more objective. But data-based tools will have the opposite effect if they aren’t subject to public scrutiny.

School Choice May Be Accelerating Gentrification

The ability to opt out of a neighborhood school increases the likelihood that a black or Hispanic neighborhood will see an influx of wealthier residents.

Protestors in Rio de Janeiro hold a picture of slain politician Marielle Franco, and a sign reading, 'Black lives are important' in Portuguese.

Military Rule in Rio's Favelas: What Marielle Franco Died Fighting

Following the beloved politician’s murder, residents of Brazil’s favelas have taken to the streets for days to protest her death and the danger faced by favela residents living under military control.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Can London Become a People-Centric Smart City?

“That's no easy step—it involves investment in human beings, not just systems,” says the city’s newly-appointed chief digital officer.

The Latest Supervillain Attacking Batgirl's Gotham City: Gentrification

Batgirl author Hope Larson talks about the changing face of Burnside, Gotham City's Brooklyn, where tech incubators and housing affordability are bigger threats than even the Penguin and Harley Quinn.

The Seductive Power of a Suburban Utopia

Serenbe, an intentional community outside Atlanta, promises urban pleasures without the messiness of city life.

Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counter-protesters

Where Hate Groups Are Concentrated in the U.S.

Organized hate groups are found in 340 counties—but those counties spread across every state of the union.

Students at Eagle Rock High School in Northeast Los Angeles take part in the walkout for gun control

Walkout: In 1968, East L.A. Students Led a Movement

Fifty years ago, 17-year-old Paula Crisostomo helped organize a multi-school walkout that galvanized the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles.

'They Can Either Go With It, or They Can Get Out'

The high schoolers who rallied against gun violence in Washington, D.C., had a very explicit message for lawmakers.

Preschool students listen to their teacher, Angie Clark, read at a Des Moines Iowa elementary school.

Why America's Teachers Haven't Been Getting Raises

It's not just educators in West Virginia and Oklahoma who have watched their wages and benefits erode since the Great Recession.

Highland, Utah, fourth-grade teacher Cori Sorensen receives firearms training from a personal defense instructor in 2012.

What Research Says About Arming Teachers

Bottom line: It creates risk and the potential for further violence.  

A young refugee from Kosovo stands in front of a map of Hungary with her teacher.

Who Maps the World?

Too often, men. And money. But a team of OpenStreetMap users is working to draw new cartographic lines, making maps that more accurately—and equitably—reflect our space.