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Bureau of Transportation Statistics

A Map of Noisy America

Transportation-related racket affects 97 percent of the U.S. population, and it doesn’t have to be ear-splitting to be a public health menace.

Lynn Sladky/AP

This Map Shows When Female Workers in Each State Will Achieve Equal Pay

Women workers in some U.S. states might not achieve wage equality until the 22nd century, new research suggests.

Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

When Small Businesses Become a Gentrification Battleground

Recent fights over a puppet theater and a cake shop have Berliners asking: Who does the city belong to?

Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo

Remember: Public-Private Partnerships Aren't Free

Roads, bridges, and trains jump-started by investor dollars always come looking for public ones, eventually.

How New York Created a Solar Boom

Currently, there are 3,215 installation projects throughout the city—triple the amount from 2014.

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Can the U.S. Survive Without a Strong Middle Class?

In a powerful new book, the legal scholar Ganesh Sitaraman argues that America’s government will fall apart as inequality deepens.

Marnix Hamelberg/Cartoma

The Weird Geography of Population Density

What if people were mapped like mountains?

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How to Make Urban Highways Vanish

Thanks to this free open-source mapping tool, you can digitally demolish your city’s loathed urban expressways and reveal what lies beneath.

Kamran Jebreili/AP

The Many Mysteries of the Muslim Laptop Ban

A new Homeland Security rule will ban electronics on flights from airports in Muslim-majority countries. Is this protectionism or prudence? Well, it’s complicated.


Tackling Rising Waters in Atlantic City and Miami Beach

Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem.

Jose Luis Magana/AP

What Happens When a Poor City Raises Its Minimum Wage to $15?

Baltimore isn’t as economically healthy as Seattle or San Francisco. That can be an argument both for and against its new legislation.

Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

What Is Really Behind the Populist Surge?

It’s not about “economic anxieties.”

Mike Ford

The Future of 'Hip-Hop Architecture'

Michael Ford explains how he’s building a movement to reclaim urban design from the failures of the 1970s.

REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The Problem With Beautifying a Border Wall

Donald Trump’s wall is meant to divide the U.S. and Mexico. Sustainable, pretty, and subversive designs won’t remedy that.

92nd Street Y

How the World's First Cities Got Started

A 12,000-year-old “Stonehenge on steroids” transformed nomadic humans into members of complex societies.


The Cities Trumpcare Would Hurt (and Help)

Under the AHCA, urban centers dominated by poor people of color would feel the most pain.


Street Harassment Is a Public Health Problem

Women who have been harassed may feel less trust in their community, with potential long-term impacts on mental health and well-being.

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What Will Happen to Americans Who Can't Afford an Attorney?

President Trump’s budget would eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, which helps low-income individuals obtain representation in civil proceedings.