Equity

Graffiti on a wall reads "Tourist Go Home."

The Global Tourism Backlash

A surge in tourism has led to a backlash in cities where residents feel overrun. How can these cities use tourism to their benefit?

Stopping White Supremacists From Taking Over an American City Again

A lot of change has happened since militia groups terrorized Charlottesville. And yet, another summer brings another rally in a different city.

How a Political Crisis Fueled an Urban Planner’s Mayoral Campaign

After conservative Doug Ford, the newly elected Premier of Ontario, announced that Toronto will lose 18 city council seats, Jennifer Keesmaat decided to run for office.

An installation in Mexico City during a campaign against violence against women in advance of International Women's Day. March 6, 2018

The Long Road to Mexico City’s First Elected Woman Mayor

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo’s election last month was, in part, the result of a decades-long movement in Mexico by feminists and women in politics.

Is All American Politics Really National Now?

There’s much we gloss over when talking about the role of place in our politics.

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson with his "Liberator," a 3-D printed pistol made of plastic.

Regulating the Guns of the Future

The debate over untraceable DIY guns has alarmed state and local leaders. How worried should we really be?

Students on a college campus.

The Winners and Losers of America’s Startup Economy

Established tech hubs continue to lead, but startup hubs are emerging in new, smaller places. The catch: Startup financing overall is on the wane.

As Chicago's majority-Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood gentrifies, it has become one of the sites for battles over affordable housing.

How Chicago’s Aldermen Help Keep It Segregated

For decades, aldermen have used their “aldermanic prerogative” to reject affordable housing development, confining the city’s low-income residents, who are mostly black and brown, to a few areas of the city, a new report says.

The front steps of Stockton, California's city hall

Can Philanthropy Save a City?

The cash-strapped city of Stockton is hoping so, courting millions of dollars from private investors to solve a whole host of social problems.

The Dirty Truth About San Francisco's Sidewalks

Is the city really drowning in filth?

A protester shouts during a demonstration against the release on bail of five men known as the "Wolf Pack," cleared of rape of a teenager and convicted of a lesser crime of sexual abuse in Madrid, Spain, June 22, 2018.

Making a ‘Safe’ City Safer for Women: Lessons from Madrid

With a woman helming the city, Madrid is at the front of a global movement to prevent sexual harassment and intimidation.

How to Fight Police Violence, Pollution, and Poverty, at the Same Time

Summer Lee is the first black woman elected to represent the Pittsburgh region in the state legislature. And she wants to set the record straight on the confluence of factors eating her constituents alive.  

The U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson steel plant

Environmentalists by Necessity

In the old steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, the toxic footprint is emblematic of what it means to suffer environmental injustice in the U.S. And nobody invested in the town’s future can afford to ignore it.

What the Hell: Why Not Rename Austin?

A report about city-owned streets named after the Confederacy has sparked a broader (and misleading) conversation about Austin’s history.

A woman walks by an office building.

Why the Next Silicon Valley Will Probably Be Outside the U.S.

The biggest challenges to the Bay Area’s dominance in tech will likely come from overseas.

An envelope from the United States Census Bureau

It’s Time to Worry About the Census

From cybersecurity issues to administrative problems to a legal drama over a possible citizenship question, the decennial head count is in trouble.

How the Other Half Eats

SNAP benefits add up to $1.86 per person, per meal. Here's what that looks like.

Do Millennials Prefer Cities or Suburbs? Maybe Both.

A new simulation may shed light on the living preferences of the largest generation in American history.

Two friends of Toronto shooting victim Reese Fallon cry and hold each other.

Canada Is Raging Against Gun Violence—But Not Like America

After a shooting in Toronto, the country is debating a total ban on handguns.

Children walk in single file between military-style tents.

Should Designers Try to Reform Immigrant Detention?

Some architects believe it’s their duty to try to improve conditions for immigrant detainees in the U.S., while others urge a total boycott of such work.