Equity

Homes in Detroit are pictured.

How Housing Intensifies the Racial Wealth Gap

The wealth of black families lags far behind whites, and housing markets play a key role.

Black and white West Charlotte High School students pose together in and around their school bus in 1972.

How America's Most Integrated School Segregated Again

A new book tracks how a Charlotte, North Carolina, high school went from an integration success story to the city’s most isolated and impoverished school.

London Dumps Uber

The city vows to revoke the ride-hailing giant’s license, citing public safety concerns. But the legal battle may be only starting.

Reeling from a Murder Spike, Baltimore Grasps at a Gun Bill

The controversial bill establishes a mandatory minimum penalty for illegal firearm possession.

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

A Pew report shows that nearly a third of white Americans under the age of 30 have “cold” feelings for the police. Recent court rulings and decisions made by the Trump administration this year might help explain why.

What the New Urban Anchors Owe Their Cities

Corporations like Google and Amazon reap the spoils of winner-take-all urbanism. Here’s how they can also bear greater responsibility.

The Hunt for an 'Entrepreneurial Ecosystem'

Business boosters believe connectivity is the key to spurring new businesses. But can that model work in chronically disinvested communities?

An apartment building with a sign reading "free rent."

If Rent Were Affordable, the Average Household Would Save $6,200 a Year

A new analysis points to the benefits of ending the severe affordability crisis.

This Startup Helps You Buy a House (If You Hand Over Your Airbnb Income)

For buyers in hot real-estate markets, a new kind of mortgage offered by a company called Loftium might offer a way to purchase a home.

Visitors to (The) Living Room Project.

A (Short-Lived) Living Room for the Homeless

As a housing crisis afflicts Seattle, a pop-up parklet brought something rare to the city’s most vulnerable residents: a welcoming public space.

How to Save a Dying Suburb

For older, inner-ring suburbs in the Northeast and Midwest, the best hope often lies in merging with the city.

How Houston homeownership rates overlap with Harvey-induced floods.

Mapping Harvey's Impact on Houston's Homeowners

The Urban Institute visualizes the havoc wreaked by the storm on first-time, minority homeowners.

A Wary South Side Eyes Obama's Return

The Obama Presidential Center is poised to transform Chicago’s Jackson Park, as well as its surrounding neighborhoods. But residents want a binding community benefits agreement

High-Paying Jobs Alone Won't Save Big Cities

If cities are going to sell the farm to Amazon, then the proceeds better benefit the entire community, especially those who can easily be left behind.

A painted mural of a steelworker surrounded by colorful graffiti

The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

A new study finds that the Midwest is heavily dependent on this “demographic lifeline.”

A boy uses his laptop to do homework

Broadband Is Largely Inaccessible to Those Who Need it Most

Because of high prices and low accessibility, poor and rural communities are the least likely to subscribe to high-speed internet.

Why Houston Housing Is Poised to Get More Expensive and Unequal

If the post-Katrina New Orleans experience is any indication, the development of low-income housing in Houston will be a long time coming.

Protesters in St. Louis on Friday.

The Next Wave of Outrage in St. Louis

Former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of murder Friday in a highly anticipated case, exposing the continued fragility of the region three years after Michael Brown’s death.

A Juggalo standing in front of Buffalo City Hall.

The Juggalo March Is Not a Joke

Facepainted fans of the Insane Clown Posse are gathering on the National Mall this weekend. And they have something important to say.

Motel 6 Is Probably Not the Only Company Tipping Off Immigration Agents

“It calls into question how far ICE can go, or how far private entities can go with ICE.”