The New 'Digital' Sanctuaries

Cities that were at the forefront of limiting their own participation in aggressive federal immigration enforcement are now expanding the scope of their work: Protecting their residents from data-collection and surveillance, too.

Are Safe-Injection Sites a Solution for Addicts Who Just Can't Quit?

Seattle is poised to become the first U.S. city to allow nurse-supervised heroin use. But the pushback has been relentless.

An artist's rendering of the future WeGrow school shows wide, airy spaces and low seating.

The Corporatization of Kindergarten

The company WeWork will launch a school that teaches young children to be entrepreneurs.

Cory Booker Wants to Tackle the 'Corporate Villainy' Behind Environmental Injustice

Senator Cory Booker recently introduced a bill that some say doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in today’s Congress. Here’s why he’s pushing it forward anyway.

How Local Governments Came to Embrace Business Partnerships

Ten years ago, anything less than $200 million had little hope of connecting the public and private sectors in the U.S. Now public-private partnerships are driving modernization for many cities—and sometimes controversy.

Putting the Brakes on Runaway Gentrification in Atlanta

The BeltLine is making the neighborhoods in its path too expensive. Can a proposed inclusive housing bill help?

A Duplex of London's Public Housing Will Become a Museum Exhibit

The Victoria and Albert Museum will conserve a chunk of the Robin Hood Gardens estate—a symbolic death knell for the ethos behind the city’s postwar public housing.

At a Better Angels workshop, left-leaning attendees Kevin Chen, Naomi Pena, and Donna Pittman list their side's biggest stereotypes.

Can America Depolarize?

We went to a Better Angels workshop to see if Americans still knew how to talk politics without trying to kill each other.

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Inside Chicago's Activist Efforts to Secure Rent Control

Local organizers are pushing hard to get rent control on a spring referendum—but can their efforts succeed?

The Quiet Religious-Freedom Fight That Is Remaking America

A federal law was supposed to put an end to the use of local zoning rules as tools of discrimination. It hasn't.

Why a Philadelphia Judge Is Sending Rapper Meek Mill to Prison

Philadelphia is supposed to be the city of brotherly love and criminal justice reform. Why is Meek Mill back in prison?

A young black boy stands on a sidewalk

The Awful Legacy of Lead

Exposure to the toxin leads to higher risk of miscarriages, new research finds, in addition to other long-lasting effects.

The Cracks in the Melting Pot

Cities are supposed to be the antidote for America’s growing racial divides. But diversity isn’t enough.

Hope and Change Collide on the South Side

Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center will bring a surge of investment to a long-troubled neighborhood. Why aren’t the residents celebrating?

Ben Carson stands with his right hand raised in a packed hearing room.

The Fight Over Fair Housing Goes to Court (Again)

Civil rights groups are fighting the suspension of a HUD rule they say helps low-income families move to better neighborhoods.

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Can Local Candidates Ever Defeat the Political Machine?

It’s tough to break in to entrenched political systems, even at the local level. Here’s how four women navigated these dynamics in Queens.

Could a Tax Fix the Gig Economy?

A group in New York is calling for a fee on all gig-economy transactions in order to provide workers with benefits like paid sick leave.

A student walks through Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

How Universities Foster Economic Growth—and Democracy

Universities don’t just produce human capital and innovation. They also promote democratic values in their communities, according to a new study.

The Impacts of Segregation on Discrimination in America

A new nationwide poll shows that African Americans are more often feeling discrimination not in suburbs but in urban neighborhoods.

A young woman outside the Gilmor Homes public housing project in Baltimore, MD, in 2015.

Breaking 'the Backbone of Segregation'

After 100 years, the Supreme Court decision "Buchanan v. Warley" still haunts us.