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photo: Lorrine Paradela, one of 125 participants in a basic income experiment in Stockton, California, used some of her $500 a month income to purchase a newer car.

Stockton Extends its Monthly $500 UBI Payment Experiment

A pioneering universal basic income pilot in the low-income California city was scheduled to expire soon. But the coronavirus crisis made the case to extend it.

photo: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks to reporters on June 1, after a weekend of widespread protests against police violence.

What Mayors Are Saying About the George Floyd Protests

As demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd spread across the U.S., city leaders offered a range of responses to the unrest.

photo: A protester stands on a damaged bus stop near the Third Police Precinct on May 28 in Minneapolis during a protest over the death of George Floyd.

In Minneapolis and NYC, Bus Drivers Are Refusing to Drive Arrested Protesters

Transit unions are supporting members who have balked at assisting police during demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd.

photo: A 59-year-old-man named Al sits outside his house in a low-income neighborhood in Miami in April.

What Happens When the Eviction Bans End?

States are reopening courts to eviction hearings even as coronavirus-driven job losses continue, setting the stage for “a housing crisis of unparalleled magnitude.”

photo: Empty seats are seen on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) train in downtown Dallas in April.

When Trump Tweets About Transit

President Donald Trump used Twitter to announce a spate of already-approved bus, commuter train, and light rail projects, many in politically strategic states.

Medical staff treat patients aboard a high-speed train in France.

Europe Puts Its Hospitals on Rails

Italy and Spain have hospital trains on standby for any future Covid-19 outbreaks, after medical workers on France’s high-speed TGV train treated 84 patients.

A map of population density in Tokyo, circa 1926.

How to Detect the Distortions of Maps

All maps have biases. A new online exhibit explores the history of map distortions, from intentional propaganda to basic data literacy.

A Seoul Metro employee, second left, monitors passengers, to ensure face masks are worn, on a platform inside a subway station in Seoul, South Korea.

How to Safely Travel on Mass Transit During Coronavirus

To stay protected from Covid-19 on buses, trains and planes, experts say to focus more on distance from fellow passengers than air ventilation or surfaces.

A hawk perches on a tree in the ramble area of Central Park in New York.

The Toxic Intersection of Racism and Public Space

For black men like Christian Cooper, the threat of a call to police casts a cloud of fear over parks and public spaces that others associate with safety.

Boarded-up, abandoned buildings in Baltimore, Maryland.

Poor Neighborhoods Are Only Getting Poorer

There are more communities living in poverty across U.S. metropolitan areas than there were four decades ago — and the neighborhoods that were already poor have even less now.

A woman stares out at crowds from behind a screen, reflecting on a post-pandemic world where exposure with others feels scary.

What Our Post-Pandemic Behavior Might Look Like

After each epidemic and disaster, our social norms and behaviors change. As researchers begin to study coronavirus’s impacts, history offers clues.

photo: Aqua the Clown waits for his cue to perform during the Tommy Bartlett Show in Wisconsin Dells on Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

For Resort Towns, This Could Be a Cruel Summer

With summer vacation in flux, how will tourist-dependent regions, beach towns, and other family getaway destinations in the U.S. survive?

photo: Social-distancing stickers help elevator passengers at an IKEA store in Berlin.

Elevators Changed Cities. Will Coronavirus Change Elevators?

Fear of crowds in small spaces in the pandemic is spurring new norms and technological changes for the people-moving machines that make skyscrapers possible.

photo: Cyclists in Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston.

How Car-Clogged Houston Could Be a Climate Policy Leader

Houston’s infamous lack of zoning could become a climate-policy asset as the sprawling Texas metropolis attempts to steer a more sustainable course.

How Nextdoor Courts Police and Public Officials

The hyper-local social media platform Nextdoor is winning over local law enforcement and other government officials in the U.S., alarming civil rights advocates.

When the Cruise Ships Stop Coming

As coronavirus puts the cruise industry on hold, some popular ports are rethinking their relationship with the tourists and economic benefits the big ships bring.

photo: A 7-year-old boy from Guatemala is tested for Covid-19 in Stamford, Connecticut, in May.

The Chilling Effect of the ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Fears of visa rejection or deportation keep immigrant families from receiving health care and food aid, despite increasingly urgent needs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

photo: A masked server in the outside dining area of a restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 4.

Al Fresco Dining Is the Restaurant Industry’s Best Hope

To survive coronavirus summer, restaurants are rushing to claim space for outdoor seating. But can sidewalk tables and parking-lot patios provide enough revenue?

photo: The Pan-Am Worldport at JFK International Airport, built in 1960,

Why Airports Die

Expensive to build, hard to adapt to other uses, and now facing massive pandemic-related challenges, airport terminals often live short, difficult lives.

After moving out of the Higher Ground homeless shelter in Minneapolis Douglas Pyle, 49, reacts to seeing his hotel room for the first time Friday, May 1, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN.

Coronavirus Exposes the Inextricable Connection Between Housing and Health

Escalated efforts to get homeless and unsheltered people off the streets during coronavirus can serve us long after the crisis is over.