Baltimore

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.

Racial Disparities in Police 'Stingray' Surveillance, Mapped

Cops are using secret cellphone trackers nationwide to collect cellphone data—especially in poor, black neighborhoods.

The Entire East Coast Could See a Rocket Launch This Sunday

The Orbital ATK rocket is carrying supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

In Baltimore, the Best Beef Is Sour

October is the time to experience the unsubtle glories of the city’s German-American heritage.

Giving Penn Station Its Glory Back: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

From Ferguson to Charlotte, Why Police Protests Turn Into Riots

“Riots occur because these police killings just keep happening, no matter how many peaceful marches happen. It is, in every sense, maddening.”

The View From Baltimore

In his coming-of-age book The Cook Up, D. Watkins writes about drugs, race, and class for audiences living in different Americas.

Driver Crashes Into a Baltimore Police Car While Allegedly Playing Pokémon Go

“That’s what I get for playing this dumbass game.”

A New Life for Urban Alleys

Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.

The First Verdict in the Freddie Gray Case

Police officer Edward Nero has been acquitted of all four charges against him.

The Fight for the City of Baltimore

A year after Freddie Gray’s fatal encounter with police sparked protest, which vision for the future will win out?

A NASA Supercomputer Has Simulated the Blizzard's Next Movements

An incredible data-crunching system predicts the storm’s future in incredible detail.