Pew Research Center

How America's Middle Class Compares to Europe's

The U.S. middle class is smaller, but richer. Still, income inequality is rising faster in Europe.


Applying the 'Rooney Rule' to Cities

Pittsburgh will borrow a page from the NFL’s diversity playbook in order to get more people of color into leadership positions in city government.

Brennan Linsley/AP

The Anti-Poverty Program That Transcends Divides

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit would help low- and middle-income taxpayers, regardless of their geography or political beliefs.

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The Secret Lives of Speakeasies

Decades before Prohibition, the unlicensed saloons of Pittsburgh flouted state liquor laws, fomented social movements, and started a national trend.

Oliver Clasper

Focusing on the Hidden Horror of American Lynchings

A British photojournalist is training his camera on the sites of the South’s ugliest open secret.

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What Is Janesville, Wisconsin, Without General Motors?

Eight years after its GM assembly plant closed, the city of 63,500 is still trying to answer that question.

Elaine Thompson/AP

How Unemployment Fuels America's Opioid Crisis

A new study backs up the notion that overdose deaths are “deaths of despair,” brought on by joblessness, hopelessness, and both physical and emotional pain.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Hiding in Plain Sight

This week: Stories about the sort-of-secrets of the city.  

Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters

The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park

Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t).

Tom Ford/BAMM

Life on the Forgotten Farms of Guangzhou

A new short film captures the striking scenes of skyscrapers encroaching on farmers amid China's rapid urbanization.

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Reimagining Retail Carts for Street Vendors

Radlab’s bright and compact new Modular Urban Vending carts in Boston put a new face on street vending.

Mark Blinch / Reuters

What's Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Americans Are Skeptical That Hard Work Will Pay Off

Moving up the economic ladder relies on more than self-motivation; it also requires opportunity.


Watch Seattle's Massive Tunnel Borer Finally Emerge From the Ground

This glorious, cinematic drone footage commemorates four long years of digging.

JoHee Yoon

Why Is Trump Ignoring These Good Heartland Jobs?

Forget coal. This is how to revive rural America.

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Why It's So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

Compared to kids elsewhere in the country, poor children in Charlotte and other Southern cities have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket. Why?

Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters

Can Startups Save Struggling Metros?

The Bay Area’s tech hubs are the big drivers of job creation, but a new index for startup jobs—pulling from online job listings—also finds economic dynamism in other cities.

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Forced Laborers Built Atlanta's Streets. How Should the City Remember Them?

Groups are pushing for a memorial and park on the site of a brick factory where leased convicts died more than a century ago—but two companies own the land.

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How Fast Food Cornered the Urban Market

Small business loans backed by the federal government helped the Golden Arches and its rivals conquer the city.