Life

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New York City, Under a Single Roof

In a new exhibition, the Tenement Museum teaches immigration policy through the stories of three families on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

A giant Afro pick confronts former mayor Frank Rizzo in Philadelphia, part of the city's Monument Lab project.

What I Learned In the Monument Wars

Philadelphia’s timely new exhibition of temporary public art offers both beauty and confrontation.

In 'The Mayor,' Populism Goes to City Hall

The new ABC comedy about a rapper turned mayor flips the mirror back on coastal America in the Trump era.

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The Opioid Epidemic in 6 Charts

Understanding a public health crisis that's likely to get worse.

An elderly woman waits to cross an intersection near her Atlanta apartment.

Urban Americans Want to Age in Their Neighborhoods

Can their cities accommodate them?

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Move to Hawaii, Become Less Racist

The racial attitudes of white college students from the mainland shift after nine months on the islands.

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Sears Was the Amazon of Its Time—Until It Made Preventable Mistakes

In the middle of the 20th century, Sears accounted for a full percentage point of U.S. GDP. By the early 21st century, it was in steep decline. What happened?

How Far Will Cities Go to Win Amazon HQ2?

In a bidding war this contentious, economic incentive packages could get extreme.

Building Community Through Better Street Lights

A new film highlights a pioneering lighting project in historic Cartagena.

Venture Capital Remains Highly Concentrated in Just a Few Cities

For all the talk of the “rise of the rest,” investment in high-tech startups is clustered in the Bay Area, and the New York- Boston-Washington Corridor.

'Blade Runner' and the Dystopic Los Angeles

The film’s impact comes from its skillful blend of two other distinct images of Los Angeles—as noir jungle and harbinger of the future.

A woman makes a sign at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip.

Lab Report: The Attack Vegas Has Been Dreading

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

The Geography of Mass Shootings

Since 1982, mass shootings have spared few regions of America.

A New Look Inside the Cities of North Korea

Amidst heightened political tensions, city life in the hermit kingdom goes on.

The winner of the Miss Subways 2017 pageant tearfully accepts her crown.

The Coronation of a Transit Queen

Brooklyn’s City Reliquary Museum put on the Miss Subways 2017 pageant to raise awareness about New York’s most beloved and reviled mode of transportation.

Road-Tripping in a 'Hands-Free' Cadillac

I spent nine hours in a car that mostly drove itself—but that didn’t mean I could just sit back and relax.

Lab Report: San Juan Mayor Becomes Puerto Rico's No-B.S. Champion

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

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Meet the Patron Saint of Resisting Gentrification

“Blessed mother, saint, and daughter, save me from eviction.”

No, Urban Tech Startups Aren't Transforming All American Cities

If you live in a mid-sized city like Akron, the battles over Airbnb and Uber have likely had little impact on your life.