Equity

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The Hidden Winners in Neighborhood Gentrification

A new study claims the effects of neighborhood change on original lower-income residents are largely positive, despite fears of spiking rents and displacement.

Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2018

Albuquerque Takes Steps to Meet the Needs of Native American Residents

Albuquerque expands a commission to create better services for Native Americans who count 4 percent of the population but 44 percent of those who are homeless.

Berlin’s Plan to Preserve Affordable Apartments: Buy Them

To ward off rent hikes and evictions at the hands of new building owners, the city will purchase about 700 homes the much-coveted Karl Marx Allee neighborhood.

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How 3 Skill Sets Explain U.S. Economic Geography

Metro areas in the U.S. with higher cognitive and people skills, versus motor skills, perform better economically and are more resilient during downturns.

Judges Can’t Decide Whether Freedom Extends to Your Car

Officers have wide discretion when they pull over motorists. And the courts keep giving them more.

A migrant laborer rides a bicycle past a residential community in Shanghai.

When Affordable Housing in Shanghai Is a Bed in the Kitchen

In this sector of the city’s informal housing rental market, as many as 24 people can be crammed into a three-bedroom apartment.

A Last-Gasp Census Conspiracy to Save the Citizenship Question

Fact check: No, President Obama did not remove a citizenship question from the census while he was in office.

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Is It the End of the Line for a Notorious Louisiana Sheriff?

In Iberia Parish, a sheriff’s election is being closely watched since the incumbent, whose office has cost millions in abuse claims, has said he will not run.

Pete Buttigieg's Moonshot Plan to Address Racial Inequality

The candidate has struggled to attract black voters, but now he has a robust plan to signal his commitment to helping them.

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Formerly Incarcerated Blacks May Have an Edge in Oakland’s Job Market

A new study looks at how race, a criminal record, and an employer’s proximity to recent violent events affect a person’s job prospects—with surprising results.

A man protesting Uber driver wages holds up a sign.

How a California Bill Could Affect Gig Work, Uber, Lyft, and Drivers

Supporters and foes of California’s AB5 marched on the capitol this week over the bill that could transform the business model for Uber, Lyft, and drivers.

Without Parking, People Who Live in Vehicles Have Nowhere to Go

Thousands of Americans live in vehicles because they have nowhere else to go. Without places to park legally, they suffer through parking tickets, property seizure, and instability.

Andrew Yang Wants to Save Your Dying Mall

The Democratic presidential candidate wants to fight suburban blight by repurposing dying retail centers.

When ‘Big Plans’ Could Change the World

A new exhibition looks back at the period of grand urban design and social reform in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

A man rides a scooter through a narrow, cobbled street lined by historic buildings.

Portugal Passes ‘Right to Housing’ Law As Prices Surge

The new law seeks to curb runaway gentrification in Lisbon and elsewhere by prioritizing affordable housing and stopping evictions, among other measures.

Can This Chicago Apartment Factory Make New Homes Affordable?

Skender believes it can shave time and costs off the standard construction process, resulting in more affordable housing.

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How Gentrification by Urban Millennials Improves Public School Diversity

In rapidly gentrifying areas of Queens and Brooklyn, the new population is spurring a gradual desegregation of some New York City public schools.

An illustration of Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and ICE agents

The Sheriff Who’s Defying ICE

Garry McFadden of North Carolina's Mecklenburg County pledged to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. But honoring that promise hasn't been easy.

European Cities Fear They’ll Lose Power to Regulate Airbnb

Facing housing shortages and mass tourism, 10 major cities want the European Union to protect their ability to regulate vacation rentals at the local level.

Oregon’s Single-Family Zoning Ban Was a ‘Long Time Coming’

The state’s new upzoning bill would be historic. But Oregon has long been a pioneer in tight land-use controls that promote dense urban development.

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Exposing the Racist Facebook Posts of City Cops

The Plain View Project has found more than 5,000 racist, sexist, and Islamophobic Facebook posts and comments by law enforcement.