Equity

Wyatt Cenac Is Here to Solve Your Policing Problems

In his new HBO series “Problem Areas,” comedian-actor Wyatt Cenac takes a crack at solving police racism.

The Malcolm X Murals of America

Thirty years ago, his likeness could be found in many poor, minority communities. Today, these images are disappearing as the buildings they were painted on have either collapsed or have been demolished.

A bus stop in the Estonian town of Värska

Estonia Will Roll Out Free Public Transit Nationwide

Meet the new world leader in fare-free living.

A groundskeeper at a country club in Rochester, New York

The Jobs That Are Getting Priced Out of Superstar Cities

It’s not high costs alone that are pushing people out of expensive cities—whole categories of jobs are underrepresented there.

The Deal That Might Just Break Georgia Into Pieces

This would be the de-gentrification of the city of Stockbridge, with its wealthy areas carved away for a new city while remaining residents pick up the substantial tab left behind.

An apartment building in Sacramento, California.

The American Housing Crisis Might Be Our Next Big Political Issue

Several new advocacy groups have sprung up to push for better housing policies at the state and national level. Their first job: Communicating how significant the problem really is.

A potential new law in Michigan has been criticized for placing the burden of meeting requirements to retain Medicaid coverage primarily on blacks. However, the bill's onerous rules are likely to affect almost every recipient, sparing only a select few counties.

Few Will Be Spared From Michigan's Medicaid Work Requirements

The state’s potential new law has been criticized for placing new burdens to retain Medicaid coverage primarily on blacks. But the bill's onerous rules are likely to affect almost every recipient.

A train arrives at Paris' Arts et Metiers metro Station.

Paris Gets Serious About Free Transit

The city is launching a study to explore the possibility of going fully fare-free.  

The Problem With Opportunity Zones

Will tax incentives really encourage investors to help revitalize low-income communities? Research on similar efforts from the past suggests otherwise.

Job seekers at TechFair in Los Angeles

What’s Really Behind Economic Mobility?

The American Dream turns on where we live. But it’s job markets and marriage partners—not schools—that make the biggest difference in who climbs the economic ladder.

Great . . . It's Infrastructure Week

It’s the most blunderful time of the year.

Seattle Unanimously Passes an 'Amazon Tax' to Fund Affordable Housing

The compromise bill to fund affordable housing and homelessness programs is a thermometer for how cities regulate rapid economic growth.

The musician Esperanza Spalding snapped a photo of the authors, Penny Woolcock and Stephen Griffith, at Angel Station in London

London's 'War Zone': What Trump and Others Don't See

Trump angered Brits when he cited London’s increasing knife violence recently, saying a city hospital there was “like a war zone.” In this excerpt from Tales of Two Londons, the authors describe the joys and threats in a London neighborhood.

Why Do So Many Young Adults Live With Their Parents?

For young black Americans, it’s because rents are too damn high: For white ones, it’s about jobs.

Inside the Massive U.S. 'Border Zone'

All of Michigan, D.C., and a large chunk of Pennsylvania are part of the area where Border Patrol has expanded search and seizure rights. Here's what it means to live or travel there.

Boston Wants People To Build Tiny Houses In Their Yards

The city is showing off a prototype for “pop-up” affordable housing—and easing rules on accessory dwelling units.

The Defense That Failed White Nationalists

Marchers from last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville who attacked a black counter-protester made a claim that has often worked for police officers: They acted in self-defense.

The competition for HQ2 has given Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plenty of reason to smile.

The Hypocrisy of Amazon’s HQ2 Process

Amazon set up its HQ2 bidding war for maximum manipulation of North America’s cities—and the company doesn’t seem to be following its own selection criteria closely.

New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, center, joins with May Day protesters on Wall Street on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in New York. Workers and activists marked May Day with rallies around the world.

Should Cynthia Nixon Apologize for Her 'Reparations' Comment?

New York gubernatorial candidate and former “Sex and the City” co-star Cynthia Nixon has a pretty progressive campaign platform on racial equity and cannabis legalization—so what’s the problem?

The Other Side of Israel's 'White City'

Right wing populists like Benjamin Netanyahu blame south Tel Aviv’s bad reputation on its African community. But the urban fabric of the area tells a more complicated story about the city’s character.

New college graduates in caps and gowns

How College Grads Drive Up Urban Rents

In cities that gain college graduates, wages rise but so do rents, resulting in a cost burden for the least advantaged.