Equity

CityLab's Brentin Mock talks to Beto O'Rourke in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Beto O’Rourke’s $1.5 Trillion Climate Plan Is Serious on Environmental Justice

In an interview with CityLab, the 2020 presidential candidate spells out a climate policy that is overtly attentive to race.

A subway ticket office on fire.

Why Chile’s Massive Protests Started With a Subway Fare Hike

An estimated 1.2 million people gathered in Santiago Friday, in what has been called the largest protest in the nation's history. It all began with the Metro.

An Alabama fan celebrates during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Inside the College Football Game-Day Housing Boom

Game-day housing demands are driving up rents, hollowing out neighborhoods, and stoking the real estate market for second homes aimed at alumni fans.

Red, yellow, and green lights on bridge with city in background.

Nashville Has the Most Kurds in the United States. And They’re Angry.

Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Northern Syria has angered Nashville’s large Kurdish community. They say the city, Republicans included, is supporting them.  

Minneapolis Saw That NIMBYism Has Victims

Single-family zoning hurts a lot of people. In Minnesota’s largest city, reformers put them front and center.

CityLab University: Tax Increment Financing

Behind the dry-as-dust name is a powerful (and controversial) tool for financing urban redevelopment. Here’s a quick guide to understanding TIF.

a photo of police and residents of Stockton, CA, in a trust-building workshop

A Police Department’s Difficult Assignment: Atonement

In Stockton, California, city and law enforcement leaders are attempting to build trust between police and communities of color. Why is this so hard to do?

Untangling the Housing Shortage and Gentrification

Untangling these related but different problems is important, because the tactics for solving one won’t work for the other.

two men in front of colorful paintings

NYC: Where the Police Offer a Free Art Class Instead of Prosecution

Since a diversion program, Project Reset, started in Manhattan, district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says that prosecutions for low-level offenses have halved.

a photo of a Sacramento police officer making a traffic stop in Sacramento, California.

Cities With More Black Residents Are More Likely to ‘Police for Profit’

Cities with more black residents rely more on “policing for profit”—using traffic tickets and fines as a larger source of revenue.

Two men look over city plans at a desk in an office.

The Doomed 1970s Plan to Desegregate New York’s Suburbs

Ed Logue was a powerful agent of urban renewal in New Haven, Boston, and New York City. But his plan to build low-income housing in suburbia came to nought.

A Horrifying Glimpse Into Your Dystopian Future Transit Commute

A comic artist’s take on what the future of transportation might really feel like.

An old apartment building and empty lot and new modern construction

Who Will Presidential Candidates' Redlining Plans Actually Benefit?

Housing plans by Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg intend redress for racist redlining housing practices, but who will actually benefit?

a photo of the Florida youth engagement initiative TEMPO

When Resilience Starts With the City’s Most Vulnerable Youth

A violence-prevention initiative in Tallahassee is also training low-income youth for jobs that contribute to the city’s climate adaptation plan.

a photo of Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters in London

When Climate Activists Target Public Transit

The climate protest movement Extinction Rebellion is facing a backlash after disrupting commuters on the London Underground.

A Chicago police car.

The Great Crime Decline Is Over in Some Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods saw a crime decline, but recently, their violent crime rates have rebounded while other areas continue to improve.

How Charlotte Perriand Defined Modern Design

The pioneering French designer and architect is the subject of a new retrospective at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

James Mueller (left) talks to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (right)

South Bend’s Mayoral Election Could Decide More than Pete Buttigieg's Replacement

Pete Buttigieg's former chief of staff, James Mueller, is vying with a Republican challenger to be the next mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

a photo of police clashing with demonstrators outside El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, October 14, 2019.

What’s Behind the Barcelona Protests?

The sentencing of Catalan independence movement leaders triggered a day of demonstrations in the capital of Catalonia—and more unrest may be coming.

Why More Places Are Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Not Columbus Day

The official celebration of Native Americans represents the fruits of a decades-long effort that’s playing out in city halls and statehouses.