Equity

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Far Will Google’s Billion-Dollar Bay Area Housing Plan Go?

The single largest commitment by a private employer to address the Bay Area’s acute affordable housing crisis is unique in its focus on land redevelopment.

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Will Housing Swing the 2020 Election?

Among Democratic candidates for president, the politics of America’s housing affordability crisis are getting complicated. Just wait until Trump barges in.

A person tapes an eviction notice to the door of an apartment.

Why Landlords File for Eviction (Hint: It’s Usually Not to Evict)

Most of the time, a new study finds, landlords file for eviction because it tilts the power dynamic in their favor—not because they want to eject their tenants.

Julián Castro Wants to Hold Police Accountable

In an interview, the presidential hopeful outlines ambitious plans for reforming immigration and policing.

A group of teenagers and police officers gather on a rooftop in Oakland.

In 1990s Oakland, Youth Voices Started A Movement

We Are Here, an exhibit at two museums in the Bay Area, documents candid 1990s’ conversations among Oakland youth and cops, and the activist work they ignited.

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The 10 Cities Getting a Philanthropic Boost for Economic Mobility

An initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group focuses on building “pipelines of opportunity.”

A crowd of demonstrators in Hong Kong over the extradition bill

Why These Hong Kong Protests Are Different

Demonstrations in 2014 brought people like Joshua Wong to the attention of the world. These latest rallies are very different.

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A Freeway Fight Launched Denver’s New Queer Latina Councilmember

In a progressive shake-up, 32-year-old community organizer Candi CdeBaca will take her advocacy work to the city council.  

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Why Are Zoning Laws Defining What Constitutes a Family?

It’s wrong to exclude safe uses of housing because of who belongs to a household. Like family law, zoning ordinances should prioritize functional families.

Why I Found My Community in a Starbucks

I was reluctant to support a corporate chain. But in my neighborhood, it’s one of the only places I could have formed a relationship with someone like Sammy.

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Uber and Lyft Really Don’t Want California to Pass This Worker Rights Bill

As California considers a gig-work bill to make ride-hailing drivers employees eligible for benefits and bargaining rights, Uber and Lyft ask for compromise.

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Inside New York's Landmark Deal to Protect Renters

The state will boast the “strongest tenant protections in history.” But critics in the real estate industry warn that the bill could backfire.

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Sex Work Is a Hot and Messy 2020 Political Issue

This week, New York legislators introduced bills to effectively decriminalize sex work. The topic has become a campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election.

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Atlanta’s Food Forest Will Provide Fresh Fruit, Nuts, and Herbs to Forage

The seven-acre site in southeast Atlanta will grow fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and nuts to improve food security for local communities.

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To Understand American Political Anger, Look to ‘Peripheral France’

French geographer Christophe Guilluy has a controversial diagnosis of working-class resentment in the age of Trump, Brexit, and the Yellow Vests.