Baltimore

A photo of Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr.,

Un-Corrupting City Hall

These cities all suffered notorious municipal scandals. What have officials and voters done to tackle corruption and keep it from happening again?

Here’s What the Heat Island Looks Like in East Coast Cities

Maps of urban heat islands show where residents can find pockets of cooler air in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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It’s Time to Celebrate Baltimore’s Much-Maligned Metro

In 1987, the Maryland Transit Administration busted out a brass band to open a subway that never had a chance.

How Hackers Hold a City Hostage

It’s not just Baltimore: Government agencies across the U.S. are attacked for ransom all the time.

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In Baltimore, Visions of Life After Steel

The vast Bethlehem Steel mill in Sparrows Point outside Baltimore once employed 30,000 workers. Now it’s on the brink of something new.

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.

An App For Mapping Crime, or Urban Paranoia?

The crime-tracking app Citizen, which recently launched in Baltimore, alerts users to danger nearby. Where some critics see risks, others see a tool for empowerment.

A photo of Baltimore police officer Eric Winston.

A Documentary Turns Its Lens to Baltimore’s Stoops and Cop Cars

Filmed in the years surrounding the killing of Freddie Gray, Marilyn Ness’s Charm City searches for signs of progress amidst pervasive pain and despair.

Why Communities Across America Are Pushing to Close Waste Incinerators

They can be a threat to public health, and a poor solution to larger environmental problems.

A photo of a Christmas tree in downtown Rome.

The Tree That Ruined Your City’s Christmas

From Rome to Baltimore, the quality of the municipal Christmas tree can expose a city’s deeper failures.

The Baltimore Cops Studying Plato and James Baldwin

Training programs help officers brush up on policing techniques and best practices. But in one instructor’s course, they study literature, history, and philosophy instead.

A woman in a raincoat pushes her daughter in a shopping cart across a flooded street

How Do We Keep From Going Hungry During Disasters?

Storms and rising waters threaten cities’ food, but some municipalities are taking steps to keep shelves stocked and bellies full.

A tiny-house prototype in Baltimore

Tiny Homes Are Baby Steps Toward Reversing the Housing Crisis

A Baltimore nonprofit is pinning a lot of hopes on a small footprint.

Baltimore Battles Its Bike Lanes

What happens when city residents go to war against cycling infrastructure?

The Private Lives of Vacant Homes

An art installation celebrates the spirit of boarded-up blocks of Baltimore and Japan.

Baltimore Police Agree to Stop Abusing Their Power

Under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, the troubled force will employ a variety of measures to protect constitutional rights and correct racial disparities.

The New Front Line of Public Health

Community health workers take a 360-degree view of the barriers that stand between their patients and better health—and their numbers are growing.

Justice by Algorithm

Baltimore uses a little-known risk assessment tool to help make bail decisions. It’s supposed to be an objective way to keep non-violent defendants out of jail, but some fear it might be reinforcing racial bias.

What Mindfulness Does for Urban Kids

As alternatives to detention, school-based meditation programs help students cope with stress.

Eric Holder Wants to End Bail as We Know It

In a new paper, the former attorney general argues that using bail to jail low-income defendants is unconstitutional.