Equity

Motel 6 Is Probably Not the Only Company Tipping Off Immigration Agents

“It calls into question how far ICE can go, or how far private entities can go with ICE.”

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The Controversy Behind Chicago's Diploma Mandate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to set students up for success after graduation. But at public schools, even the best ideas often have unintended consequences.

A pediatrician uses a light to peer inside a young boy's mouth as she examines him at a free clinic for the poor and uninsured.

What Urban Doctors Need to Understand About Patients' Health

Poor health isn’t just a result of individual choice. A program at Washington University in St. Louis teaches first-year medical students how the city’s environment shapes well-being.

The Rise of Public-Sector Crowdfunding

Around the country, local governments are soliciting donations for everything from dog parks to public defenders. Is this a practical response to budget cuts or a sign that publicly funded services are in trouble?

Metro Incomes Rise, But Inequality Remains Stubborn

The new Census numbers are “a sign of sunshine, with some clouds.”

Even Liberals Can Be Refugee NIMBYs

A new study finds that a collective action problem plagues support for settling displaced people in America.

A homeless man is pictured in Philadelphia.

Lab Report: America's Poorest Big City

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Gwendel Wilson

The Infrastructure of the Opioid Epidemic

On Boston’s “Methadone Mile,” the city’s opioid users cluster around a few-block-stretch, where they find some support, and a sweeping range of treatment services. They are also out of sight of the rest of the city.

12 Other U.S. Mayors Who Did Decide to Resign

Ed Murray joins this list of U.S. mayors who stepped down in just the last few years over alleged improper behavior.

In this photo combination, evacuees wade down Tidwell Road in Houston on August 28, 2017, top, as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise, and a car drives down the same road on September 5, bottom, after the water receded.

Zoned for Displacement

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may have hit white and non-white families alike, but it will be people of color who will have the toughest time getting their homes back, which is by design.

A little girl surveys the high water levels in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma recedes.

The Poor in Irma's Path

In two Florida cities, we mapped where low-income communities live, and how they’re affected by flood risks.

Bill de Blasio is pictured.

Lab Report: The Racial Politics of de Blasio's Re-Election

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Endangered HUD Funds Will Drive the Hurricane Recovery

Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would eliminate a program now set to provide about half the housing rebuilding funds for Harvey and Irma.

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Lab Report: Does Amazon Already Know Where It'll Put HQ2?

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

When Hurricane Warnings Are Lost in Translation

With Irma looming, organizations are hitting some roadblocks in getting information out to Floridians who don’t speak English.

The Perils of the Restaurant Jobs Boom

Growing food service jobs have come with applause in small cities like Little Rock. But for workers, it's a mixed bag—and potentially an unequal one.

Tactical Urbanism Comes to Outlaw Country

Can Wyoming do walkable?

The NIMBY Fight That Rocked an Iowa City

An uproar over an affordable housing complex in Cedar Rapids gives insight into the NIMBY debates of small-city America.

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Activist Carlos Rojas Álvarez: Undocumented Youth Will Fight for DACA

"This is the exact moment we needed to launch us into fighting for more permanent protection."