Equity

The Great Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage is way too low in most places, but a bit too high in a few

Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

Memphis is working on an alternative for the expensive “you-call, we-haul” approach.

Uber drivers sit in their cars waiting for passengers.

What Uber Drivers Say About Uber

Researchers conducted in-depth interviews and discovered a lot about the pitfalls of working in the rideshare business.

A Lawyer’s Playbook to Fight State Preemption

How can blue cities fight back against red states? Here are four lines of defense.  

A man climbs on a garbage dump in a wooded area

How Unemployment Feeds the Opioid Epidemic

Several studies suggest the drug crisis might be at least partly the result of widespread joblessness.

How Cities Are Making the Global Housing Crisis Worse

Cities are falling back into some bad housing policy habits. We’ve learned this lesson before.

Lab Report: The Cleveland Clinic's Unhealthy Community Relations

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Ashton Kutcher is interrupted by am Airbnb protester at a panel in Los Angeles.

Why the Airbnb Civil Rights Settlement Matters

We now have a foundation to work from on how to remedy racial discrimination in the sharing economy.

People hold Canadian flags with hockey sticks from inside a car during the East York Toronto Canada Day parade, as the country marks its 150th anniversary

Why Canada Is Able to Do Things Better

Most of the country understands that when it comes to government, you pay for what you get.

Police tape closing a street near a public school.

How to Make a Safer School

Groups are pushing for funding to bolster security infrastructure; some researchers say there are better preemptive measures.

A tiny-house prototype in Baltimore

Tiny Homes Are Baby Steps Toward Reversing the Housing Crisis

A Baltimore nonprofit is pinning a lot of hopes on a small footprint.

An abandoned car dealership in Queens, New York

Poverty Still Isn't As Suburban As You Think

Yes, there’s need everywhere. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the pernicious dangers of urban poverty, in particular.

A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk in knee-high water

The Cities Poised to Face Massive Flooding in the Not-So-Distant Future

“We have time to respond. We must use it wisely.”

What Keeps Bike Share White

It’s not a lack of interest, but a lack of information.

Four New York City police officers arresting a man.

The Price of Defunding the Police

A new report fleshes out the controversial demand to cut police department budgets and reallocate those funds into healthcare, housing, jobs, and schools. Will that make communities of color safer?

How Income Inequality Makes Economic Downturns Worse

Urban counties in the United States were more likely to enter the Great Recession earlier when they had a larger gap between the rich and the poor.

Carrots, corn, and potatoes are piled at a food bank

Designing Dignity in Food Banks

A vegetarian hunger-relief organization in Toronto argues that patrons shouldn’t be forced to choose between nutrition and their principles.

Employees sell currywurst in Berlin

Minimum Wages Do More Than Boost Workers' Income

A German report suggests sustainable success more than two years after a wage law took effect.

Designing the Opposite of Rikers

A new report lays out design guidelines for community-based “justice hubs”—jails that create positive effects inside and outside their walls.

Coming to a City Near You: Stolen Guns

Smash-and-grab burglaries of gun stores are on the rise, and there’s not much cities can do to stop them.

A group of people stand on a hill overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

Privatization Is Changing America's Relationship With Its Physical Stuff

Turning more and more infrastructure projects over to outside companies makes citizens more like customers.