Equity

The 2010 Midterm Wave Rewrote America’s Political Geography. Will 2018 Do It Again?

In 2010, Republicans established a new normal by dominating rural areas. Now, CityLab’s analysis shows it’s the suburbs that are up for grabs.

Protests against the Maricopa County Jail's cooperation with ICE.

Where Immigration Enforcement Is on the Local Ballot

In Florida, New York, North Carolina, and Maryland, sheriffs’ and other local races have become referenda on local cooperation with ICE.

A man walks his dog on a hilltop overlooking San Francisco in the early morning hours on Mount Davidson.

When Millennials Battle Boomers Over Housing

In Generation Priced Out, Randy Shaw examines how Boomers have blocked affordable housing in urban neighborhoods, leaving Millennial homebuyers in the lurch.

A blue and orange map of U.S.-born children with at least one undocumented parent

How a Trump Birthright Citizenship Order Would Affect Millions of Children

If the prevailing application of the 14th Amendment no longer holds, new data documents where the children who would be affected by an executive order live.

A photo of a group of migrants line up to receive food donations in a makeshift camp in Juchitan, Mexico, October 31, 2018

On Weaponizing Migration

Why do political leaders portray asylum seekers and refugees as an invading army? Because it’s very effective.

An activist with the League of Women Voters of Maryland carries signs of Maryland's gerrymandered districts outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Can Voters End Gerrymandering When Politicians Won’t?

On Election Day, voters in Michigan, Utah, Missouri, and Colorado will decide if independent commissions—not lawmakers—should draw their states’ political districts.

‘Environmentalist’ Doesn’t Just Mean White and Wealthy

A new study refutes some common stereotypes of who cares most about the environment.

A photo of a group of monks paying their respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

After the Tree of Life Attack, Synagogues Seek Balance Between Safety and Openness

With anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise, security fears are a growing part of synagogue design.

Congressman Dan Donovan talks to supporters.

In These Outlier Congressional Districts, Density Doesn’t Equal Democrats

Across the U.S., denser districts in Congress tend to be more Democratic, and sparser ones more Republican. But there are a few exceptions with their own personalities, from Staten Island to Bernie Sanders land.

A young refugee looks away as her parents usher her onwards in a line of refugees fleeing Mosul, Iraq.

The Worldwide Refugee Crisis Is Playing Out In Global South Cities

More refugees than ever are resettling in urban areas—particularly in the developing world. The humanitarian sector needs to support these cities.

Donald Trump shakes hands with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers at a cemetery in Pittsburgh.

How Will Pittsburgh’s Jews Translate Tragedy Into Action?

The Jewish community disagreed about what to do when President Donald Trump came to town—and how to take action after tragedy.

A boy scavenges through a pile of trash in a market in Beirut.

As Beirut’s Trash Crisis Drags on, Children Recycle to Survive

Official waste management in the Lebanese capital is inadequate. Informal scavengers help fill the gap, but many are refugee children.

A man and woman kiss outside of the Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York.

The Rise of the Urban Power Couple

It’s not just singles who have flocked back to the city: College-educated married couples are much more likely to live in big cities with high human capital.

Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses CityLab Detroit

Mitch Landrieu Is Not Running From Race

The former New Orleans mayor wants everyone to know that there is a way to talk about race in America, and Donald Trump—that ain’t it.

Two residents of a Phoenix apartment building designed for people with autism hang out in the building's pool.

Autism-Friendly Apartments Open in Phoenix

The 55-unit First Place complex was designed specifically for adults with autism and neurodiversities.

200 Years of Elections to the House of Representatives, Mapped

This deliciously wonky interactive map is a reminder for midterm voters that, when it comes to electoral politics, “deviation from the norm is the norm.”

Homeless residents of Los Angeles in tents along Interstate 110.

California Ballots Get Creative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing

California state and city ballot measures offer a variety of strategies for improving access to affordable housing, and shrinking the homeless population.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses CityLab Detroit.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Is Willing to Tear It All Down

In her first two years, the troubled city’s mayor has had no shortage of challenges and controversies.

People sit on a wall in Berlin's Kreuzberg district

Why Google Rejected Berlin

After a storm of community resistance, the tech giant has reversed its plans to build a new campus in the city’s trendy Kreuzberg district.

Spectators look at a derailed train at Sidi Bouknadel near Morocco's capital city, Rabat.

Morocco’s Deadly Train Accident

Morocco is preparing to launch a high-speed train, reputed to be the first in Africa. But in the wake of a deadly train derailment near the capital city, Rabat, residents say safe, rather than fast train service, should be the priority.