Equity

The facade, front steps, and main entrance of a renovated academic building at the University of Chicago.

Can Artist Theaster Gates Help Bridge a Town-Gown Divide?

A school at the University of Chicago is opening itself up to the South Side through public policy and architecture, with help from Theaster Gates.

a photo of girl sitting in the arms of a statue in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.

What Happens to Community Bonds When a Neighborhood Gentrifies

A study of demographic changes in Philadelphia neighborhoods finds that an influx of more-affluent newcomers can erode community ties—or strengthen them.

The Neighborhoods Where Housing Costs Devour Budgets

A significant chunk of Americans spend more than half their incomes on rent or home mortgage payments. Here’s the data on the severely housing-burdened.

A photo of a man sleeping on San Francisco's Embarcadero

Dueling GoFundMe Campaigns Highlight a San Francisco NIMBY Battle

A group called Safe Embarcadero turned to crowdfunding to help bankroll a legal fight against Mayor London Breed's planned navigation center for homeless residents. Then came the counterattack.

Farmer in tractor with sign reading "black farmers still waiting for justice" taped to it.

IRS Audits Target the Wealth-Depleted Southern Black Belt

The racially discriminatory IRS audits revealed in a new report are yet another way of depleting and plundering the wealth of southern black families.

A blue, red, and gray map indicating income inequality in 2013

How the 1 Percent Is Pulling America’s Cities and Regions Apart

America’s growing geographic divide derives from economic inequality, especially the tremendous gains of the 1 percent.

Madrid Bans Airbnb Apartments That Don’t Have Private Entrances

A new vacation rental law aims to ease the strain of tourism in central Madrid and spread the industry’s benefits to other parts of the city.

How the Country’s Hottest Rental Market Is Trying to Cool Down

As California’s governor tackles a state-wide housing crisis, he’s looking to cities like San Jose to invest in a smorgasbord of potential solutions.

A bird in flight in snow.

Birding Is Booming. So Where Are the Black Birders?

They are in cities like New York; Seattle; and Duluth, Minnesota. Across the United States people are “birdwatching while black.”

Preserving the Legacy of Black Baseball in Detroit’s Hamtramck Stadium

An effort to restore one of the last remaining Negro League ballparks uncovers a hidden history of America’s pastime.

Construction of new skyscrapers on the New York skyline.

Are Planners Partly to Blame for Gentrification?

In his new book Capital City, Samuel Stein contends that real-estate interests have co-opted urban planning and made planners complicit in gentrification.  

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Los Angeles

Are California's Police Departments Defying Its Sanctuary Law?

Here’s how immigration enforcement changes when a whole state tries to become a sanctuary.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg  testifying before Congress in April 2018.

Behind HUD’s Housing Discrimination Charges Against Facebook

The charges levied by Ben Carson outline powerful Facebook advertising tools that enable allegedly sweeping violations of the Fair Housing Act.

A map showing which states have sparsity funding formulas.

$23 Billion Education Funding Report Reveals Less Money for City Kids

City public school kids receive less money than rural or suburban ones. The situation is worse in districts that serve mostly children of color according to a report from EdBuild.

Protesters in downtown Pittsburgh.

In Police Violence, the Fates of Cities and Suburbs Are Intertwined

Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was acquitted for killing black teen Antwon Rose. This has ramifications for the greater Pittsburgh area.

A photo of boats along the Copenhagen waterfront in 2017.

What Can European Socialists Teach the American Left?

In the cities of Northern Europe, social democracy has a sophisticated playbook that balances public and private interests.

How to Measure Partisan Gerrymandering

Computer-based techniques can prove that partisan advantage isn’t an accident.

A photo of the interior of a WeWork co-working office.

WeWork Wants to Build the ‘Future of Cities.’ What Does That Mean?

The co-working startup is hatching plans to deploy data to reimagine urban problems. In the past, it has profiled neighborhoods based on class indicators.

A photo of San Antonio's Latino High Line

A ‘Latino High Line’ Promises Change for San Antonio

The San Pedro Creek Culture Park stands to be a transformative project for nearby neighborhoods. To fight displacement, the city is creating a risk mitigation fund.

What Happens If Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce State Gun-Control Laws?

Second Amendment sanctuary counties are coming to liberal states, like New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.