Equity

Roselyn Grullon, Amaurys Grullon, and Josue Caceres in front of their shop, Bronx Native on Lincoln Avenue. It is one of the new businesses by Bronx locals hoping to take control of the changes in the borough.

The Bronx: Don’t Call It a Comeback

These Bronx natives have been here for years. In the midst of rapid gentrification, they say they are taking control and offering the borough cultural experiences that as youngsters, they had to venture downtown to find.

A demonstrator dressed as Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest speaks with fellow protesters, Oct. 13, 2017. The Tennessee Historical Commission denied a request from the city of Memphis to remove a statue of Forrest from a city park.

Courts to Memphis: No, Spying on Protesters Is Not Good Police Work

A judge rejects the city of Memphis’s argument that an unpermitted protest is unlawful and therefore fair game for police surveillance.

Why D.C. Drowned Out the White Nationalists

The second Unite the Right rally saw an emaciated turnout. But residents of Washington, D.C., have something of a tradition of showing up to oppose white supremacists.

Fresh Fest co-founder Michael Potter works on his own home brew as he tries to elevate the profile of black beer brewers across the country.

Yes, Black People Brew Beer, Too

As craft beer breweries pop up in cities across America, Michael Potter and Day Bracey want to make sure that African American brewers are not left off the map.

An image from the grand opening of Manhattan's Second Avenue Subway line in 2017. Officials have been criticized for opening it before it extended past East 96th Street, a dividing line that separates one of Manhattan's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Upper East Side, from East Harlem, one of the poorest.

The Segregation of Our Everyday Lives

A new study analyzes Twitter data and finds that racial segregation not only divides us based on where we live, but how we travel around cities.

Why Philadelphia Is on the Federal Government’s Shaming List

“To be quite honest it kind of feels like they’re a bit obsessed with the city,” an immigrants’ rights activist said of the Department of Justice.

Memphis: Spying on Activists Is Just Good Police Work

As an activist, Tami Sawyer was monitored by the Memphis Police Department. She was elected to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on August 3, and can now keep track of the agents who were tracking her.

The author of Seattle's "democracy voucher" initiative holding up a $25 voucher.

More Cities Want to Embrace ‘Democracy Vouchers’

Following Seattle’s example, other cities want to give voters cash vouchers to donate to local candidates.

Arne Duncan: ‘Everyone Says They Value Education, but Their Actions Don’t Follow’

The former secretary of education talks about the “lies” he thinks undergirds the American public school system, and the unintended consequences that can come with attempts to reform it.

New homes under construction in Las Vegas, where housing prices dove sharply during the foreclosure crisis.

This Housing Price Spike Is Different

In cities nationwide, home prices are at or above their pre-recession levels. But it’s no bubble.

This picture shows a few children playing on the swings at a park.

How a New Park Fits Detroit’s Plan to Bring Its Neighborhoods Back

The reuse of over a dozen vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood illustrates the city’s holistic approach to redevelopment outside of downtown.

One Way to Boost Minority Representation: Letting People Vote More Than Once

In response to civil rights litigation, one Orange County town will experiment with “cumulative voting” in 2020.

Graffiti on a wall reads "Tourist Go Home."

The Global Tourism Backlash

A surge in tourism has led to a backlash in cities where residents feel overrun. How can these cities use tourism to their benefit?

Stopping White Supremacists From Taking Over an American City Again

A lot of change has happened since militia groups terrorized Charlottesville. And yet, another summer brings another rally in a different city.

How a Political Crisis Fueled an Urban Planner’s Mayoral Campaign

After conservative Doug Ford, the newly elected Premier of Ontario, announced that Toronto will lose 18 city council seats, Jennifer Keesmaat decided to run for office.

An installation in Mexico City during a campaign against violence against women in advance of International Women's Day. March 6, 2018

The Long Road to Mexico City’s First Elected Woman Mayor

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo’s election last month was, in part, the result of a decades-long movement in Mexico by feminists and women in politics.

Is All American Politics Really National Now?

There’s much we gloss over when talking about the role of place in our politics.

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson with his "Liberator," a 3-D printed pistol made of plastic.

Regulating the Guns of the Future

The debate over untraceable DIY guns has alarmed state and local leaders. How worried should we really be?

Students on a college campus.

The Winners and Losers of America’s Startup Economy

Established tech hubs continue to lead, but startup hubs are emerging in new, smaller places. The catch: Startup financing overall is on the wane.

As Chicago's majority-Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood gentrifies, it has become one of the sites for battles over affordable housing.

How Chicago’s Aldermen Help Keep It Segregated

For decades, aldermen have used their “aldermanic prerogative” to reject affordable housing development, confining the city’s low-income residents, who are mostly black and brown, to a few areas of the city, a new report says.

The front steps of Stockton, California's city hall

Can Philanthropy Save a City?

The cash-strapped city of Stockton is hoping so, courting millions of dollars from private investors to solve a whole host of social problems.