Equity

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Don’t Call Trump’s Housing Order a YIMBY Plan

The president just signed an executive order calling for states and cities to pursue zoning reform. But affordable housing advocates aren’t celebrating.

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Seattle Will Open Clean-Air Shelters As Relief From Wildfire Smoke

Five public buildings will get filtration systems to keep the air inside clean on days when smoke affects the city, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced last week.

Revisiting Pittsburgh’s Era of Big Plans

A conversation with the trio of authors behind a new book about the Steel City’s mid-20th-century transformation.

A rendering of Quayside, the waterfront development now being planned for Toronto.

A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City

Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it’s a lot bigger.

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The Uncertain Future of a Migrant School in Beijing

As Beijing aims to cap population growth, it must contend with its outlying villages that are home to migrant workers who provide the city’s cheap labor.

A Local Crisis Calls Pete Buttigieg Back to City Hall

For all those nationally who’ve been dazzled by the mayor, the voters of South Bend aren’t satisfied with his response to a fatal police shooting last week.

Brick apartment buildings in Stuyvesant Town, New York City

No Wonder Big Real Estate Is Fighting New York's New Rent Law

Previously unreleased data shows that large landlords who own multiple buildings have a stranglehold over housing—and evictions—in New York City.

How New York’s Media Covered the Stonewall Riots

Major dailies gave a megaphone to the police, while alternative outlets served as an important platform for those without a voice.

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Can Historic Preservation Cool Down a Hot Neighborhood?

The new plan to landmark Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood aims to protect more than just buildings: It’s designed to curb gentrification.

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Is This the End of the Road for Madrid’s Car Ban?

With more conservative leadership moving in after elections, the Spanish capital’s pollution-fighting regulations on private vehicles may be in danger.

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How to Block Multi-Family Housing, Boston-Style

Despite the area’s progressive politics, NIMBY-minded residents in and around Boston are skilled in keeping residential construction at bay.

A map showing the affordability of housing in the U.S.

Minimum Wage Still Can’t Pay for a Two-Bedroom Apartment Anywhere

The 30th anniversary edition of the National Low Income Housing Coalition report, “Out of Reach,” shows that housing affordability is getting worse, not better.

Berlin Will Freeze Rents for Five Years

Local lawmakers agreed to one of Europe’s most radical rental laws, but it sets the stage for a battle with Germany’s national government.

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How Far Will Google’s Billion-Dollar Bay Area Housing Plan Go?

The single largest commitment by a private employer to address the Bay Area’s acute affordable housing crisis is unique in its focus on land redevelopment.

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Will Housing Swing the 2020 Election?

Among Democratic candidates for president, the politics of America’s housing affordability crisis are getting complicated. Just wait until Trump barges in.

A person tapes an eviction notice to the door of an apartment.

Why Landlords File for Eviction (Hint: It’s Usually Not to Evict)

Most of the time, a new study finds, landlords file for eviction because it tilts the power dynamic in their favor—not because they want to eject their tenants.

Julián Castro Wants to Hold Police Accountable

In an interview, the presidential hopeful outlines ambitious plans for reforming immigration and policing.

A group of teenagers and police officers gather on a rooftop in Oakland.

In 1990s Oakland, Youth Voices Started A Movement

We Are Here, an exhibit at two museums in the Bay Area, documents candid 1990s’ conversations among Oakland youth and cops, and the activist work they ignited.

A photo of an abandoned building in Newark, New Jersey.

The 10 Cities Getting a Philanthropic Boost for Economic Mobility

An initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group focuses on building “pipelines of opportunity.”

A crowd of demonstrators in Hong Kong over the extradition bill

Why These Hong Kong Protests Are Different

Demonstrations in 2014 brought people like Joshua Wong to the attention of the world. These latest rallies are very different.

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A Freeway Fight Launched Denver’s New Queer Latina Councilmember

In a progressive shake-up, 32-year-old community organizer Candi CdeBaca will take her advocacy work to the city council.