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Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) speaks against the state's "sanctuary cities" on April 26 in the Capitol.

Texas Cities Haul the State to Court Over Immigration

El Paso, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and others appeared in court to stop a state law cracking down on sanctuary cities.

The Poverty Just Over the Hills From Silicon Valley

The South Coast, a 30-mile drive from Palo Alto, is facing an affordable-housing shortage that is jeopardizing its agricultural heritage.

Police Aren't Getting Better at Solving Murders

Why is the clearance rate in U.S. cities so low?

School district secessions are often motivated by race and income

School Secession Is Segregation

As more districts splinter along lines of race and income, judicial processes meant to protect the fair distribution of educational resources are failing, a new report finds.

A man counting money is pictured.

Lab Report: Upending the Fight for $15

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

A street vendor hanging cans of Coke to a customer in a sunny park

What L.A. Can Learn From Its Failed Experiment in Legalized Street Vending

It fizzled out 20 years ago, but the city can do better this time around.

A new apartment rises in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, one of the region's major job hubs.

One Key to a Rust Belt Comeback: Job Hubs

Cleveland is looking to make inclusive growth attainable by connecting jobs to people and people to jobs.

Bill de Blasio is pictured

Lab Report: The Progressive Case for Local Power

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

A house with two cars is pictured.

It's Time to Change How We Measure Affordable Housing

A cheap home isn’t affordable if it comes with high transportation costs.

Traffic in London.

London Considers Making Drivers Pay Per Mile

Is this the end of the (free) road for London’s cars?

An exterior shot of the late Lee Kuan Yew's residence shows its proximity to downtown skyscrapers.

In Singapore, the Preservation Debate Comes Down to a Single House

The question of whether to demolish the home of the city-state’s former leader raises questions in a country that paves over the past.

Supporters for Jon Ossoff are pictured.

Lab Report: The GOP's Suburban Crisis

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

A New Divestment Movement Against Trump Gears Up

New York City has pledged to divest its pension holdings from companies involved in the private prison industry. But the ultimate goal is to help build a mass movement against the White House.

On Monday, the murals were painted over ahead of the redevelopment of former Casa Aztlán into luxury apartments.

The Literal Whitewashing of Chicago's Latino Murals

Casa Aztlán was a community center that served Latino residents in Pilsen. Now, it’s a symbol of gentrification and displacement.

Remembering Beaches as Battlegrounds for Civil Rights

In 1960, black protesters in Biloxi, Mississippi, were attacked while demanding equal access to public beaches. Now the remaining activists are working to preserve the history of the “wade-ins” that opened the space to everyone.

Michelle Echevarria sits with her baby in their Bronx apartment, which has a severe mold problem.

Why Asthma Is a Housing Issue

A bill introduced to New York’s City Council would compel landlords to eradicate mold, vermin, and other asthma triggers that are particularly pervasive in low-rent units.

A man votes in Wisconsin.

Lab Report: A Closer Look at Partisan Gerrymandering

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Oregon May Strip Portland of Its NIMBY Powers

A controversial bill before the state legislature would preempt cities’ rights to prevent new affordable housing.

Ramps and balls which teach physics concepts provided through PNC's Grow Up Great program

How Private Funding Creates Disparities Among Detroit's Pre-K Classrooms

Some students get field trips, science kits, and new toys while the kids down the hall get nothing.

London's Summer of Discontent

As terror attacks and disasters meet political instability, London really is reeling this time.