Equity

Why Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Striking

Uber and Lyft drivers plan to protest and picket this week. From companies, they want better wages and working conditions. From cities, they want regulations.

a photo of a poster representing facial recognition at a security conference in Beijing, China, which has aggressively invested in the controversial technology.

The Tenants Fighting Back Against Facial Recognition Technology

The landlord of a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn wants to install a facial recognition security system, sparking a debate about privacy and surveillance.

A map of environmental justice policies in the U.S.

Which Cities Have Concrete Strategies For Environmental Justice?

Historically, local zoning codes and land-use laws have enforced segregation. Now, cities are using the same tools to enact environmental justice.

New Taxes and Higher Density Aren't Fixing Vancouver's Housing Problem

To combat the exodus of its working and middle classes, the city needs an aggressive affordable housing strategy—and fast.

Most of America’s Rural Areas Are Doomed to Decline

Since the Great Recession, most of the nation's rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks at a podium as people photograph him.

Why Indonesia Wants to Move Its Capital Out of Jakarta

Jakarta has 10 million people and is sinking faster than any other city in the world. But there are other factors involved in its relocation plan.

Where Will Baltimore’s Story Go Next?

Mayor Catherine Pugh, who resigned amid a corruption probe, was obsessed with the city’s image. But Baltimore’s battered brand isn’t its most urgent problem.

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The Geography of Brain Drain in America

Across the United States, there are fewer states gaining brainpower than draining it, according to a new report from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.

The Architecture Behind Columbia's Manhattanville Ambitions

A new campus has a mandate to better connect the institution to the world, but its presence has left neighbors asking, “What about us?”

A newly constructed home for sale in Springfield, Illinois.

Since 2008, Only High-Income People Have Seen Their Housing Costs Drop

Apartment List research finds that housing markets are only exacerbating the gap between the rich and poor, and homeowners and renters.

People of different faiths in front of a church.

What the Mutual Admiration Among Jews and Muslims in the U.S. Reveals

A Muslim-American former state department officer analyzes a new poll and finds fertile ground for officials to engage faith groups before tragedy strikes.

A design rendering of more than a dozen different backyard-cottage templates.

A One-Stop Shop for Affordable Backyard Homes Advances in L.A.

A new program in Los Angeles seeks to finance and build accessory dwellings for homeowners who agree to rent them to Section 8 voucher-holders.

Jerry Burton, 57, stands beside his tent on a sidewalk in downtown Denver.

This City Might Give Homeless People the Right to Camp in Any Public Space

A ballot question before Denver voters next week would make sleeping on the streets easier.

Students and teachers rally in front of Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters.

Their Teachers Went on Strike. Now These L.A. Teens Want a Voice, Too.

Students in Los Angeles want 16- and 17-year olds to have the right to vote in school board elections. High school senior Tyler Okeke is leading the charge.

A photo of activist Linda Garcia standing in front of train tracks and an industrial facility.

How Linda Garcia Stopped an Oil Terminal From Coming to Her Neighborhood

The Vancouver, Washington, activist is among the six 2019 winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize.

Illustration of houses arrayed in a circle, like slices of a pie.

CityLab University: Shared-Equity Homeownership

Community land trusts and housing co-ops are alternative forms of homeownership that often serve those shut out by traditional markets.

A photo of Lev Hunter, a Flint resident who works at a hospital, is also a local entrepreneur behind the Daily Brew, a coffee start-up.

The Startups Born of Flint’s Water Crisis

Five years after the Michigan city was hit with its public health emergency, there’s good news—and signs of an entrepreneurial resurgence—coming out of Flint.

A cashier stands behind the counter at a lottery store.

In Praise of a Higher Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage helps low-paid workers without damaging the broader economy, the authors of two new research papers find.

A New Plan to Correct a Historic Mistake in Pittsburgh

A Bjarke Ingels Group-led plan from 2015 has given way to a more “practical” design for the Lower Hill District. Concerns over true affordable housing remain.

A photo of a closed street in St. Louis

The Curious Tale of the St. Louis Street Barriers

Thanks to an '80s mania for traffic calming, the St. Louis grid is broken by hundreds of bollards and cul-de-sacs. Critics say it’s time to get rid of them.