Equity

Counting Down to a Census Doomsday

Top-level vacancies and flatlined funding appear to be the Trump administration’s plans for the Census Bureau.

Will Criminal Justice Reform Survive Under New Orleans' New Mayor?

How the mayoral race about criminal justice reform became a race about credit cards.

People wait for a bus to leave the reception center for migrants and refugees near Porte de La Chapelle.

A Hopeful Solution For Paris's Asylum-Seekers Unravels

A 400-bed shelter north of the city was supposed to be a model for the rest of France. One year in, it’s “anything but humanitarian and devalues the refugees.”

Brexit Just Got Real

E.U. agencies are packing up to leave London, and the city’s international power and prestige ebbs.

An autonomous vehicle drives on a race track in California.

Driverless Cars Won’t Save Us

In fact, they’ll do the opposite of what techno-optimists hope, and worsen—not ease—inequality.

A map of California

Mapping Racial Disparities in the Golden State

Racial gaps in California get a county-by-county look in a new online tool.

Why Sexual Harassment Rates Are So High in the Restaurant Industry

Where working for tips means the customer is always right, waitresses, bartenders, and other tipped-wage workers endure stunning rates of sexual harassment.

More Evidence That the Olympics Won't Fix Your City

London really tried to use the 2012 Games to improve people’s lives. A new report shows the skeptics were right all along.

What Happens When a School Stops Arresting Kids for Throwing Skittles

School officials in Jefferson Parish have embraced a much softer approach to discipline than just a few years ago. And suspensions are down dramatically.

Can Seattle Handle Its Own Growth?

A new survey finds Seattle residents are ambivalent about the dramatic economic expansion in their city.

Is Minimalism for Black People?

Black communities have long practiced core tenets of the lifestyle—yet are not well-represented amongst its most recognizable influencers.

Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina

A Highway to Progress, Foiled By Old Values

A Carolinian drives along a familiar road to make sense of what exists in between the South’s most regressive and progressive narratives.

Zurich is pictured.

Zurich's Public Housing Problem: The Tenants Are Too Rich

Switzerland’s biggest city clamps down on 132 millionaires currently living in public projects.

The Story Behind the Housing Meme That Swept the Internet

How a popular meme about neoliberal capitalism and fast-casual architecture owned itself.

Office workers using computers

America’s Digitalization Divide

A new study maps digital-skilled jobs across industries, metro areas, and demographic groups, revealing deep divides.

A toxic site in Niagara Falls, New York, seen from above.

The Toxic 'Blank Spots' of Niagara Falls

The region’s “chemical genies” of the early 20th century were heralded as reaching into the future to create a more abundant life for all. Instead, they deprived future generations of their health and well-being.

The Othered Paris

They’ve been called “no-go zones”—regions where no rules apply. To residents, they’re neighborhoods that are stigmatized and neglected. Why haven’t targeted policies to fix them had the intended effect?

A man wades through a flooded street in front of boarded-up windows in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville's Poorest Residents Live in the Worst Flood Zones

“We are okay with those areas being a danger and a disaster waiting to happen.”

A man bikes past the Google campus in Mountain View

How Google Can Help San Jose Become a Model of Inclusive Urbanism

A new Google campus in San Jose will be a chance for the tech giant to pioneer a more equitable form of urban development—and regain public goodwill.

The New 'Digital' Sanctuaries

Cities that were at the forefront of limiting their own participation in aggressive federal immigration enforcement are now expanding the scope of their work: Protecting their residents from data-collection and surveillance, too.

Are Safe-Injection Sites a Solution for Addicts Who Just Can't Quit?

Seattle is poised to become the first U.S. city to allow nurse-supervised heroin use. But the pushback has been relentless.