Equity

To Save a Town ‘By the Grace of God’

Ben Carson’s HUD is shutting down two of the largest housing projects in Cairo, Illinois, leaving the town’s fate to a higher power.

What Cities Do Right to Integrate Immigrants, in 4 Charts

A sociologist interviewed hundreds of immigrants in New York, Barcelona, and Paris. Here's what he says those cities get right—and do wrong—when integrating foreign-born residents.

A view of Washington Square Park in New York with tall buildings beyond

Why New York City Is Reporting Its Sustainability Progress to the UN

So far, it’s the only city in the world to publish a review of its progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Lynx robot with Amazon Alexa on display in Las Vegas

America’s Robot Geography

The robotics industry is powered by high-tech centers as well as manufacturing hubs—with a distinct “Robot Belt” in the Midwest.

A Texas correctional center in 2008

ICE Is a Godsend for One Small Town in Texas

After the immigrant detention center in Raymondville closed down, the local economy took a dive. Officials hope its reopening will bring an influx of cash and jobs.

What It Means to Be From Brett Kavanaugh’s Washington

Many of the most consequential legal jobs are overwhelmingly concentrated in Washington. And for the most part, it’s not Trump’s Washington.

Concrete letters spell "zoo" at the entrance to the National Zoo in Washington

The National Zoo Shouldn’t Fall for Security Theater

A proposal to ramp up security at the National Zoo would undermine a historic design that weaves nature into the lives of Washingtonians.

Row of houses

Yet Another Way Student Debt Keeps People From Buying Homes

The financial constraints of major student loans make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Americans to buy their first homes. But so does a small technicality—one that the Federal Housing Administration could fix.

How Your Neighborhood Private Immigrant Prison Influences Its Members of Congress

A new study finds that lawmakers hailing from districts with private immigration jails are more likely to introduce harsh immigration policy.

A man bikes down a busy London street with a food-delivery box on the back of his bike.

The Rise of ‘Urban Tech’

From food-delivery startups to mapping and co-living companies, technology focused on urban systems is drawing billions of dollars in venture capital.

Where Cities Help Detain Immigrants

Contracts that rent local beds to ICE for immigrant detention are spread out across the country—including in liberal counties.

Shelter Design Can Help People Recover From Homelessness

Many homeless shelters are designed to house as many people as possible—not to empower them while they’re there.

A woman displays a small sensing device and a smartphone with a pollution app.

Cheap Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data

A new generation of inexpensive, portable air-quality sensors is making it easier for citizen groups and individuals to monitor the air around them.

Say Hello to Full Employment

Want to know where the economy is headed? Look at Des Moines.

What If the Teen City Council Is Better Than the Grownup One?

These high schoolers take their local government very seriously.

A man shelters from the rain at a bus stop.

‘Climate Gentrification’ Will Deepen Urban Inequality

A new study investigates the intersection of climate change and real estate, and finds that higher elevations bring higher values.

In East Chicago, Indiana, where lead levels in the soil are high, EPA signs warn against contact with the dirt.

Lead's Other Toxic Toll: Fertility

New research sounds the alarm on how high levels of lead in topsoil can reduce birth rates.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

It’s Time to Stop Calling it ‘The Great Migration’

For people of color watching over their shoulder this Independence Day, the fear of police interference harkens back to a historical moment with a much-too-benign label.

Roadworks in Mjølnerparken, a Copenhagen housing project on the Danish government's "ghetto list."

Why Denmark Is Doubling Down on Its ‘Ghetto List’

The Scandinavian country of bike lanes and wind turbines reveals its darker, intolerant streak.

San Francisco's "painted lady" houses under a stormy sky

The Dark Side of the Silicon Gold Rush

Acclaimed urban geographer Richard Walker puts the Bay Area’s tech boom into historical and social context in his new book.

Homes for sale are seen on Chicago's South Side, Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

I Hate-Watch ‘House Hunters’ to Understand Segregation

The HGTV show highlights more than just open kitchens and bickering couples