Equity

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.

North Carolina County Changes Immigration Policy by Voting to Oust Its Sheriff

In Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, a local law enforcement race became a referendum on immigration.

A colorful modern high school that occupies a former Kmart in Waukegan, Illinois

Blue Light Special: The Chicago-Area High School in an Old Kmart

In the suburb of Waukegan, Illinois, the design firm JGMA has turned an abandoned Kmart into a bright new home for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep.

Housing Advocates Are Suing Ben Carson and HUD

A group of Texas nonprofits will file a lawsuit against the department for failing to enforce an Obama-era fair housing rule.  

Demonstrators in Oakland, California, demanding an increase in worker wages.

Workers of the World, United

Award-winning lawyer Mary Joyce Carlson joined forces with global labor movements to pressure multinational companies for fair working conditions.

A jogger runs in front of the Phillips 66 refinery in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The Kids Trying to Green One of L.A.'s Most Polluted Neighborhoods

For generations, oil refineries brought jobs—and pollution—to the residents of Wilmington. Can a new generation of youthful activists make it a healthier place to grow up?

There Will Be No Exit From California's Housing Hell

SB 827 may have been great economics, but it was poor politics.

Leon Ford, center, in a wheelchair, is surrounded by friends and colleagues in Pittsburgh.

How to Survive a Police Shooting When You're Black

Pittsburgh activist Leon Ford explains in his new book, Untold, how to get lifted up, and how to lift a city up, even after being shot by its police.

Arizona teachers gather at the state capitol. Their six-day walkout ended on Thursday.

What Arizona Teachers Are Still Fighting For

The six-day walkout of the state’s public school teachers wasn’t just about paychecks, says one Glendale teacher.

A street in Fishtown, a neighborhood in Philadelphia that has experienced gentrification.

How Gentrification Affected Philadelphia's Homeowners

Tax delinquency rates rose with jumps in tax burdens, but relief programs for some owners helped mitigate the effect.

The artist sits in a chair

Wakanda, New Davonhaime: The Yearning for a New Black City

A roving installation by artist Azikiwe Mohammed stops at the Contemporary African Art Fair in Brooklyn to offer a “safe space” for black bodies.

A home for rent in Los Angeles

The Great Housing Reset

The rise of renting in the U.S. isn’t just about high housing prices, or preferences for city living, but about the flexibility to compete in today’s economy.

Does Starbucks Understand the Science of Racial Bias?

If the coffee company follows through, it will be one of the first major corporations to develop a comprehensive plan for tackling bias head-on.

Houses along the river in Castres, France.

France Plans an Extreme Makeover for Struggling Small Cities

Action Coeur de Ville aims to undo the damage of urban sprawl in more than 200 city centers across the country.

Nashville's Transit Plan Just Got Trounced

It wasn’t just a city vs. suburb thing.

The Miseducation of Kanye West

Kanye West wants to develop cities. Don’t let him do this.

A Witness to the Desegregation—and Resegregation—of America's Schools

Rebecca Palacios began teaching soon after a landmark court case mandated integration of Latino schools—and watched the case's effects weaken over decades.