Equity

Maria Romano stands behind one of her three children, Jennifer, 10, as she gets something to eat in their Harlem apartment in New York Thursday, June 3, 2005

Why HUD Wants to Restrict Assistance for Immigrants

A proposal by Ben Carson’s agency would eject immigrant families from public housing to make way for the "most vulnerable." Housing advocates aren't buying it.

A photo of a model of a church created by a young person held at Tornillo detention facility in El Paso, when it was operational.

In a Border Detention Center, Art Helps Migrant Kids Remember Home

A new exhibit in El Paso showcases works of art created by children detained in a massive border encampment of migrants in Tornillo, Texas.

a photo of a man surveying a home garage.

How Single-Family Garages Can Ease California's Housing Crisis

Given the affordable housing crisis, California cities should encourage single-family homeowners to convert garages into apartments and accessory dwelling units.

A man checks a route on his phone while in a car.

Conversations With D.C. Uber Drivers Reveal Stress and Debt

A new report from Georgetown University reveals wage and other challenges faced by Uber drivers in Washington, D.C., yet many say they plan to keep driving.

Segregation Is Preventable. Congress Just Isn’t Trying.

Again and again, federal efforts to promote integration have been whittled down almost to nothing.

a photo of a Metro PCS store in Washington, D.C.

What D.C.’s Go-Go Showdown Reveals About Gentrification

A neighborhood debate over music swiftly became something bigger, and louder: a cry for self-determination from a community that is struggling to be heard.

When Tech Makes Food Insecurity Worse

Two UX designers are making art based on a shared frustration: Government tech ideas that don’t incorporate people into the process.

A photo of a woman outside a makeshift homeless shelter in San Francisco.

How to Build NIMBY-Proof Homeless Shelters? Make Them Mandatory.

To foil community pushback over new facilities for people in homelessness, a San Francisco lawmaker wants all neighborhoods to share the responsibility.

South Lake Union streetcar with an advertisement for Amazon passes by an Amazon office building.

Amazon’s Slow Retreat From Seattle

Amazon has long fancied itself an urban enterprise. Is its pivot to smaller communities a way to avoid messy politics?

A U.S. Marine helps a young Cuban child off a refugee boat

Trump’s Sanctuary Cities ‘Threat’ Echoes Castro’s Mariel Boatlift Spin

Like the Cubans who came in the Mariel boatlift, most immigrants aren’t criminals. The Trump proposal to let them into U.S. cities shows he knows that.

A photo of an IRS tax examiner protesting outside his office during the partial government shutdown in January.

The Progressives Making the Case for Monthly Tax Refunds

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to include people without kids or traditional jobs would be a powerful poverty-fighting tool, says a growing coalition of Democrats.

Men leading dogs to race at Palm Beach Kennel Club.

At Palm Beach Kennel Club, a Vilified Sport and a Way of Life End

Florida was home to most of the remaining greyhound tracks left in the U.S. But Amendment 13, banning dog racing, passed last year and the tracks are closing.

The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed

Manhattan’s new luxury mega-project was partially bankrolled by an investor visa program called EB-5, which was meant to help poverty-stricken areas.

an illustration of children and a school bus

The Utter Inadequacy of America’s Efforts to Desegregate Schools

In 1966, a group of Boston-area parents and administrators created a busing program called METCO to help desegregate schools. They thought of it as a quick fix to a passing problem. But the problem hasn’t passed, and METCO isn’t enough to fix it.

A photo of empty storefronts in a small American town.

How ‘Heartland Visas’ Could Reduce Geographic Inequality

Place-based immigrant visas could help revitalize America’s left-behind cities and regions, economic researchers say in a new report.

A photo of reporters Gary Massaro and Judi Villa in the newsroom of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.

When Local Newsrooms Shrink, Fewer Candidates Run for Mayor

A study of 11 California newspapers shows that when cities have fewer reporters, political competition and voter turnout suffer.

A photo of a mural of Chuck Brown, the godfather of go-go, with former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

Do Cultural Plans Really Help Cities Save Their Art and Music Scenes?

From D.C. to Dallas, cities are drafting documents to help protect their cultural resources from economic changes. But too often, these plans lack teeth.

A new map of neighborhood change in U.S. metros shows where displacement is the main problem, and where economic decline persists.

From Gentrification to Decline: How Neighborhoods Really Change

A new report and accompanying map finds extreme gentrification in a few cities, but the dominant trend—particularly in the suburbs—is the concentration of low-income population.

a photo of a cyclist and a car on Mount Royal Park in Montreal

Montreal Tried to Close a Popular Park to Drivers. Why Didn't It Work?

After a fatal crash involving a bicyclist, the city tried banning private cars in Mount Royal Park. But public opposition to the pilot program was fierce.

A school bus driving through a suburb.

How Families With Kids Drive Suburban Segregation

The old divide between family-friendly suburbs and childless city living is fading. The new divide is within the suburbs themselves.