Equity

Montreal skyline from top of Mount Royal on a fall afternoon

Reading Between The Lines of Montreal’s ‘Cheap’ Rents

Compared to Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal’s real estate market looks enviable—but its rents are shaped by factors other cities can’t replicate.

A photo of a man sitting on a bench in East Baltimore.

Why Is It Legal for Landlords to Refuse Section 8 Renters?

San Jose and Baltimore are considering bills to prevent landlords from rejecting tenants based on whether they are receiving federal housing aid. Why is that necessary?

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York

How Urban Core Amenities Drive Gentrification and Increase Inequality

A new study finds that as the rich move back to superstar cities' urban cores to gain access to unique amenities they drive low-income people out.

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Britain Must Now Contemplate a Grim Selection of Brexit Options

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament, but the stakes in Britain’s Brexit dilemma have only gone up.

Why Communities Across America Are Pushing to Close Waste Incinerators

They can be a threat to public health, and a poor solution to larger environmental problems.

A map of auto loan debt across the U.S.

Mapping the Subprime Car Loan Crisis

A new tool by the Urban Institute maps the geography of car loan debt and delinquency.

Parents Are Biased Against Even Quality ‘Urban’ Schools

Many of these schools are improving, but the persistent stigma against them contributes to segregation.

A photo of a wheelchair user in the New York City subway.

Why Can't Uber and Lyft Be More Wheelchair-Friendly?

Uber says it’s committed to better serving wheelchair users, but accessibility advocates say the ride-hailing industry has been reluctant to make progress.

Students in Chandler, Arizona.

How Corporate Tax Incentives Rob Public School Budgets

A new Good Jobs First study shows that corporate tax incentives—like those given for Amazon HQ2—have diverted at least $1.8 billion from public schools.

A photo of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaking to a crowd.

Why Wisconsin Will Drug Test SNAP Recipients

As Governor Scott Walker and other GOP lawmakers exit office, they're leaving behind a bill that seeks to stigmatize food aid, a political scientist says.

Visitors explore "America's Playground," an interactive installation by Derrick Adams, in Miami Beach in December 2018.

Artist Derrick Adams Shows I-95’s Impact on Black Miami

With “America’s Playground,” artist Derrick Adams evokes the damage caused by Interstate 95 as planners routed it through Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.

A block of shuttered two-story buildings

Can Poletown Come Back After a General Motors Shutdown?

The 33-year-old GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant was renovated less than five years ago. But now that it’s shutting down, some residents are hoping to right a wrong.

A church in Detroit just before its demolition in the early 1980s

A Documentary Looks Back at GM’s History in Detroit’s Poletown

“These people responsible for this are worse than the communists in Poland,” one local said when General Motors razed the neighborhood in the early 1980s.

The ‘Sweeping’ Effect of a $15-an-Hour Job Guarantee

A new report analyzes the complicated labor market impact of a radical proposal that’s gaining traction on the left.

A photo of skyscrapers in Nashville.

The Big Stakes in a Fight Over a Little Park in Nashville

Church Street Park is a small downtown space known to draw people experiencing homelessness. Now it’s slated to be replaced with a condo tower.

A large detached dwelling on Oahu, one of the Hawaiian islands

On Oahu, a Debate Over Honolulu’s ‘Monster’ Homes

Critics say the massive homes are code-dodging rentals. Others say space for extended-family home-share is necessary to manage the high home prices in Hawaii.

A photo of an encampment of homeless people outside Minneapolis,

Why Minneapolis Just Made Zoning History

The ambitious Minneapolis 2040 plan will encourage more dense housing development in single-family neighborhoods.

A photo of an unfinished apartment building under construction in Torrance, California.

California's Pro-Housing YIMBYs Are Making Their Move

The state’s lawmakers are getting serious about removing the most serious roadblock to building new affordable housing.

A photo of the Vianden castle rising above the tree-covered Ardennes hills in northern Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s New Deal: Free Transit and Legal Weed

It’s not just public transit: The Grand Duchy’s progressive new government also raised the minimum wage and gave everyone two extra days off.

Anti-Amazon graffiti in Long Island City, Queens.

Amazon HQ2 and the ‘Gentrification of Jobs’

Amazon has said each HQ2 site will result in 25,000 jobs. Will the working-class benefit? Will Amazon train locals for future employment?

An eviction notice is posted to a locked door.

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million.