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The Steady Deconstruction of America's Cities

Peter Moskowitz’s new book on gentrification outlines how local governments cede their power over residents’ lives to private interests.


When Factory Jobs Vanish, Men Become Less Desirable Partners

Declines in manufacturing employment are shaping the structure of the American family.

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No Driver's License, No Job?

Conservative policymakers urge those in need to get work. But for those without driver’s licenses—who are by and large people of color—that’s not such an easy task.

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The Artist Loft: Affordable Housing for White People?

Does this type of tax-subsidized apartment perpetuate segregation?

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Can Portland Avoid Repeating San Francisco's Mistakes?

The city is facing a housing crisis, but despite its progressive reputation, it’s done little to ensure affordability for longtime residents.

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How Tax-Prep Services Prey on the Poor

Big-name tax-preparation companies charge low-income customers big bucks to file for refunds that are simple to do without help.

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Is There a Better Way to Think About Income Inequality?

One sociologist says that there’s too much of a focus on giving out more college degrees, getting more people married, and making elite workplaces more diverse.

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The Downside of Durham's Rebirth

The city carefully planned its economic revitalization. Why, then, is it so painful for some of the people who have lived here the longest?

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The U.S. Cities Doubling Down on Highways

Physically expanding roads doesn't cure congestion. So why are places like Arkansas spending millions to do just that?

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The U.S. Neighborhoods Without Water, Sewers, or Building Codes

Low-income residents bought cheap land outside of border cities decades ago. But the promised infrastructure never came.

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A Tale of Two Water Systems

California’s population growth enables it to build top-of-the-line infrastructure—something that isn’t possible for Rust Belt cities.

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Why Blacks and Hispanics Have Such Expensive Mortgages

High-cost lenders are targeting these communities, preventing them from building wealth to pass on to their children.

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Budget Woes in One of America's Wealthiest Cities

If San Jose can’t afford its basic public services, what city can?

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The City Where the Poor Once Thrived

San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, used to be one of the best places in the U.S. for kids to experience a Horatio Alger, rags-to-riches life. Is it still?

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The Midwives of El Paso

For women at the border, where to give birth is a matter of enormous consequence. A birthing-center industry has flourished as a result.

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El Paso's Uphill Battle Against Sprawl

In some Southwestern cities, the dream of increased walkability may have limits.

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The Case for Branding More Immigrant Neighborhoods in Detroit

“We have Mexicantown, we have Greektown. So, let’s have Banglatown.”

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Upheaval in the Factories of Juarez

Labor unrest is spreading through the factories on the border, where people say they deserve more than $6 a day.