Equity

A women-only subway car in Mexico City, Mexico

What’s the Best Way to Curb NYC Subway Harassment?

While other countries have turned to women-only cars, New York legislators are proposing to ban repeat sex offenders and increase penalties for subway grinders.

A New Plan to Correct a Historic Mistake in Pittsburgh

A Bjarke Ingels Group-led plan from 2015 has given way to a more “practical” design for the Lower Hill District. Concerns over true affordable housing remain.

A photo of a closed street in St. Louis

The Curious Tale of the St. Louis Street Barriers

Thanks to an '80s mania for traffic calming, the St. Louis grid is broken by hundreds of bollards and cul-de-sacs. Critics say it’s time to get rid of them.

Is This the Next Mayor of Boston?

City Councilor Michelle Wu, a Chicago native, has pushed for fare-free transit, tangled with Airbnb over housing regulations, and shaken up the politics of Old Boston.  

A photo of shoppers on University Avenue in East Palo Alto, California, which is flanked by two technology campuses.

An Island of Silicon Valley Affordability Says Yes to More Housing

East Palo Alto is surrounded by tech riches, but that hasn’t necessarily helped longtime residents, who welcome a state law mandating zoning reform

Electricians install solar panels on a roof for Arizona Public Service company in Goodyear, Arizona.

A Bottom-Line Case for the Green New Deal: The Jobs Pay More

A Brookings report finds that jobs in the clean energy, efficiency, and environmental sectors offer higher salaries than the U.S. average.

A young girl winces from the sting as she receives the polio vaccine in 1954.

How Mandatory Vaccination Fueled the Anti-Vaxxer Movement

To better understand the controversy over New York’s measles outbreak, you have to go back to the late 19th century.

What the Supreme Court Said About the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

In oral arguments, conservative justices asked about data science, while liberals asked what the citizenship question was really for.

A photo of a teacher at Animo Westside Charter Middle School in Los Angeles.

What Charter Schools See in Opportunity Zones

The charter school movement is eyeing the tax incentives in the federal Opportunity Zone program to help fund new school construction.

Māori warriors in traditional dress perform the haka.

New Place Names Lift Māori Culture in New Zealand’s Capital

A new policy in Wellington aims to revitalize the indigenous Māori language. First up: giving new, non-colonial names to sites around town.

Kaoutar Belhirech (left) and Fatima Tourari (right) in the Mères en Ligne radio station.

How a Radio Show Gives Unwed Mothers in Morocco a Voice

Legal changes gave Moroccan women more rights, but unwed mothers still face prosecution and stigma. A Tangier radio station, Mères en Ligne, gives them a voice.

No, Puerto Rico’s New Climate-Change Law Is Not a ‘Green New Deal’

Puerto Rico just adopted legislation that commits it to generating all its power from renewable sources. Here’s what separates that from what’s going on in D.C.

n Detroit in 2017, a man locked up as a juvenile meets with his parole officer after being released following three decades in prison.

‘What Does the World Beyond Jails and Prisons Look Like?’

The Detroit Justice Center helps the formerly incarcerated navigate the complications of their return by providing free legal services to people from four Michigan prisons.

Maria Romano stands behind one of her three children, Jennifer, 10, as she gets something to eat in their Harlem apartment in New York Thursday, June 3, 2005

Why HUD Wants to Restrict Assistance for Immigrants

A proposal by Ben Carson’s agency would eject immigrant families from public housing to make way for the "most vulnerable." Housing advocates aren't buying it.

A photo of a model of a church created by a young person held at Tornillo detention facility in El Paso, when it was operational.

What Do Migrant Kids See When They Visualize 'Home'?

A new exhibit in El Paso showcases works of art created by children detained in a massive border encampment of migrants in Tornillo, Texas.

a photo of a man surveying a home garage.

How Single-Family Garages Can Ease California's Housing Crisis

Given the affordable housing crisis, California cities should encourage single-family homeowners to convert garages into apartments and accessory dwelling units.

A man checks a route on his phone while in a car.

Conversations With D.C. Uber Drivers Reveal Stress and Debt

A new report from Georgetown University reveals wage and other challenges faced by Uber drivers in Washington, D.C., yet many say they plan to keep driving.

Segregation Is Preventable. Congress Just Isn’t Trying.

Again and again, federal efforts to promote integration have been whittled down almost to nothing.

a photo of a Metro PCS store in Washington, D.C.

What D.C.’s Go-Go Showdown Reveals About Gentrification

A neighborhood debate over music swiftly became something bigger, and louder: a cry for self-determination from a community that is struggling to be heard.

When Tech Makes Food Insecurity Worse

Two UX designers are making art based on a shared frustration: Government tech ideas that don’t incorporate people into the process.

A photo of a woman outside a makeshift homeless shelter in San Francisco.

How to Build NIMBY-Proof Homeless Shelters? Make Them Mandatory.

To foil community pushback over new facilities for people in homelessness, a San Francisco lawmaker wants all neighborhoods to share the responsibility.