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Why Is Your State Red or Blue? Look to the Dominant Occupational Class

States with more working-class voters are solidly red; those with a dominant creative class are solidly blue; service-class heavy states aren’t easily defined.

Construction on a housing development in Detroit.

Black Homeowners Saw Greater Home Price Appreciation Than Whites in Some Areas

In some cities black homebuyers did better than whites, Latinos, and Asians in recent years. The problem is that there aren’t enough of them.

Is it Possible to Walk Every Block in New York City’s 5 Boroughs?

“The World Before Your Feet” looks at Matt Green’s pursuit of a simple goal: To walk each block of New York’s five boroughs.

Dar al-Husseini in Ramallah's Old City.

Developers in This Palestine City Are Destroying Historic Homes

A construction boom that begun under Salam Fayyad has claimed much of the historic architecture in Ramallah. Some locals are trying to save what is left.

A Party to Bring the East Houston Community Together

As gentrification brings shifts to the East End of Houston, a new resident hopes to bring the community together with a greet, eat, and meet gathering.

Children line up to receive fresh meals from World Central Kitchen.

Chef José Andrés on How Food Helps People Rebuild

The celebrity chef and humanitarian talks about the role of food in recovering from a disaster and why building local capacity is so important.

Giant balloons depicting the Pillsboury Dough Boy and Rex The Happy Dragon fly through Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

What Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Costs New York City

Macy’s is famously tight-lipped about the parade’s price tag, but for NYPD and locals trying to get around, the costs can add up.

Can Amazon Really Rename a Neighborhood?

Amazon awarded HQ2 to Northern Virginia’s “National Landing.” Locals know it as Crystal City. For neighborhood boosters, it’s a shot at a much-needed rebrand.

A man leaves a pay toilet in Venice, Italy.

Pay Toilets Are Illegal in Much of the U.S. They Shouldn't Be.

In the 1970s, many American cities and states banned pay toilets, but the vision of abundant free toilets for all never came to pass.

Mary Margaret Pettway with a replica of one of her mother's best-known quilts in Boykin, formerly Gee's Bend, Alabama.

Could Incorporating as a Town Save Gee’s Bend, Alabama?

Despite the global fame of its quilts, the rural hamlet of Gee’s Bend (now Boykin) is deeply impoverished. Boosters say making it an official town could change that.

The marquee at The Showbox in downtown Seattle.

Seattle Wants to Save a Beloved Music Venue. But Is It Too Late?

The Showbox has become a flashpoint in the fight to preserve a changing city.

A photo of a mural in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Stop Complaining About Your Rent and Move to Tulsa, Suggests Tulsa

In an effort to beef up the city’s tech workforce, the George Kaiser Family Foundation is offering $10,000, free rent, and other perks to remote workers who move to Tulsa for a year.

How Friendsgiving Took Over Millennial Culture

In the past five or so years, hosting a Thanksgiving meal among friends a week before the actual holiday has become a standard part of the celebration for many young adults.

Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York City

The Geography of Corporate Headquarters

Complaints that Amazon HQ2 locations are already superstar cities don’t recognize a counter-trend of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters relocations, new data shows.

A man holding a toddler walks past open-house signs in front of condominiums for sale.

Millennials Are More Likely to Buy Their First Homes in Cities

New research finds that Millennials are 21 percent more likely to buy their first homes near city centers than Generation X.

Inside the Movement to Derail Amazon HQ2 Incentives

New York and Virginia politicians and activists could still make changes to Amazon HQ2 packages—or at least stop the next bidding war from mirroring this one.

Children play in a spray park in Rockville Town Square in suburban Rockville, Maryland.

America Really Is a Nation of Suburbs

New data shows that the majority of Americans describe their neighborhoods as suburban. Yet we still lack an official government definition of suburban areas.

Cyclists and walks use a trail beside Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.

HQ2 Is Only Part of the Story of Big-Tech Expansion

Amazon HQ2 may be split between superstar cities, but San Francisco’s big tech firms are starting to expand into smaller, non-coastal places.

Stan Lee’s New York City

The Marvel Comics maestro gave his superheroes a city that’s colorful, dangerous, rude, quippy, and full of heart. It might be his greatest creation.

Amazon HQ2 Goes to New York City and Northern Virginia

After Jeff Bezos set off one of the highest-profile bidding wars in modern history, Amazon picked two East Coast cities for its new headquarters. The surprise extra: There's something in it for Nashville, too.