Equity

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Exposing the Racist Facebook Posts of City Cops

The Plain View Project has found more than 5,000 racist, sexist, and Islamophobic Facebook posts and comments by law enforcement.

There’s a Generational Shift in the Debate Over Busing

Kamala Harris took part in a bold experiment as a child—and the experiences of her generation may transform the debate over desegregation.

Shirley Chisholm talking to a man in front of a storefront with a sign reading Bedford Stuyvesant Youth in Action.

A Website, 7 Statues, and the First Lady Bring Changes to NYC

She Built NYC, a project to rectify the gender imbalance in NYC’s monuments, is only one project of the city’s women-focused portal Women.NYC.

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In Gentrifying D.C., a Family Inheritance Becomes LGBT Housing

Imani Woody is turning the D.C. home she inherited into housing for aged low-income LGBT people. Residents will be asked to take cultural competency training.

San Francisco’s Former ‘Night Minister’ Is an Ardent Housing Advocate

A short documentary reveals how a spiritual leader walks his faith by night in a city gripped with homelessness.

Police officers patrol NYC Pride.

Do Police Have a Place at Pride Parades?

Stonewall’s anniversary has cops and LGBTQ activists revisiting their fraught history—and debating if police belong at celebrations of gay and trans rights.

In L.A., a Homelessness Crisis Is 'the Issue of Our Time'

Voters say the city needs to address housing and homelessness. Will that feeling be reflected in local or national politics?

A photo of Donald Trump in the Oval Office, with HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

Don’t Call Trump’s Housing Order a YIMBY Plan

The president just signed an executive order calling for states and cities to pursue zoning reform. But affordable housing advocates aren’t celebrating.

Urban 'Breathing Rooms' May Help Smoky Cities Survive Wildfire Season

Five public buildings will get filtration systems to keep the air inside clean on days when smoke affects the city, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced last week.

Revisiting Pittsburgh’s Era of Big Plans

A conversation with the trio of authors behind a new book about the Steel City’s mid-20th-century transformation.

A rendering of Quayside, the waterfront development now being planned for Toronto.

A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City

Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it’s a lot bigger.

The Uncertain Future of a Migrant School in Beijing

As Beijing aims to cap population growth, it must contend with its outlying villages that are home to migrant workers who provide the city’s cheap labor.

A Local Crisis Calls Pete Buttigieg Back to City Hall

For all those nationally who’ve been dazzled by the mayor, the voters of South Bend aren’t satisfied with his response to a fatal police shooting last week.

Brick apartment buildings in Stuyvesant Town, New York City

No Wonder Big Real Estate Is Fighting New York's New Rent Law

Previously unreleased data shows that large landlords who own multiple buildings have a stranglehold over housing—and evictions—in New York City.

How New York’s Media Covered the Stonewall Riots

Major dailies gave a megaphone to the police, while alternative outlets served as an important platform for those without a voice.

A photo of a cyclist on the streets of Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

Can Historic Preservation Cool Down a Hot Neighborhood?

The new plan to landmark Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood aims to protect more than just buildings: It’s designed to curb gentrification.

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Is This the End of the Road for Madrid’s Car Ban?

With more conservative leadership moving in after elections, the Spanish capital’s pollution-fighting regulations on private vehicles may be in danger.

A photo of a new apartment building under construction in Boston.

How to Block Multi-Family Housing, Boston-Style

Despite the area’s progressive politics, NIMBY-minded residents in and around Boston are skilled in keeping residential construction at bay.

A map showing the affordability of housing in the U.S.

Minimum Wage Still Can’t Pay for a Two-Bedroom Apartment Anywhere

The 30th anniversary edition of the National Low Income Housing Coalition report, “Out of Reach,” shows that housing affordability is getting worse, not better.

Berlin Will Freeze Rents for Five Years

Local lawmakers agreed to one of Europe’s most radical rental laws, but it sets the stage for a battle with Germany’s national government.