Equity

A vacant home on Milwaukee's north side.

Can Milwaukee Really Create 10,000 Affordable Homes?

The city has an ambitious plan to fix its housing woes. But so far, most of development has been focused on the city’s downtown area.

Why Marriott Workers Are Striking

In Marriott hotels across the country, employees are striking for better wages and benefits—but also for the right to decide how technology is used in their industry.

The Fight to Integrate New York City’s Specialized Schools Is Misguided

It affirms a supremacist mentality. I thought we were done propping that up.

What HUD Sees

The federal agency just launched a feel-good photoblog called "Humans of HUD." Just what are these portraits of real-life housing aid recipients telling us?

A pink-shaded map of Los Angeles showing student debt burden

The Neighborhoods Buried In Student Debt

How much of your paycheck goes towards student loans?

Yes, 311 Nuisance Calls Are Climbing in Gentrifying Neighborhoods

A new analysis by the Science vs. podcast team crunches the numbers on which New York City blocks are seeing spikes in calls complaining about other residents.

A sign says "wait here to vote" with a woman visible in the background.

Where Voter Suppression Hits Hardest in Georgia

In the swiftly diversifying Gwinnett County, the second largest county in Georgia, the best way to vote freely and fairly in the upcoming midterms is if you’re white.

When Your Block Is Being Watched

In her new documentary, journalist Assia Boundaoui explores the effect of constant surveillance on her predominantly Muslim neighborhood in suburban Illinois.

Netflix’s ‘Stay Here’ Is a Cringe-Worthy Twist on Home Renovation Shows

Binge-watch it if you’re not sure what to do with your extra house.

The Nerd That Ate Seattle

Paul Allen was the city’s preeminent philanthropist and real estate developer up until his death earlier this week. His legacy reveals something broader about the twinned nature of Seattle and its native software son.

Why Are So Many People In San Jose Fighting Housing for Teachers?

The school system’s plan to build affordable apartment units for the city’s teachers has triggered a fierce backlash in one affluent area.

The interior of Grand Central Station

The Price of Saving Grand Central Station

The Supreme Court ruling that rescued the icon also opened the door for other, more controversial preservation cases.

White House to Protesters: ‘Get Off My Lawn!’

Closing the sidewalk in front of the President’s home would mean demolishing the country’s most vital public forum—and another norm shattered by the Trump administration.

vacant store fronts in mining town in Arizona

America’s Worsening Geographic Inequality

The economic gap between have and have-not places continues to widen.

Why the U.S. Needs Better Crime Reporting Statistics

What's really the most dangerous American city? The way crimes are currently counted can easily confuse and mislead.

The backs of people facing forward in a church.

How Dismantling the Voting Rights Act Helped Georgia Discriminate Again

A decade ago, Georgia tried to implement a similar “exact-match” voter registration system but was thwarted by a key section of the Voting Rights Act. That section has been removed, leaving voters of color unprotected.

How a Booming City Can Be More Equitable

In Durham, North Carolina, abandoned factories are becoming tech hubs and microbreweries. But building a shared commitment to its most vulnerable citizens could be a trickier feat of redevelopment.

Leana Wen stands in the emergency department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, during her medical residency.

Leana Wen Takes Her Fight for Women’s Health National

Baltimore City’s health commissioner leaves her post Friday to become president of Planned Parenthood, and she’s bringing her relentless work ethic along with her.

Where It’s Legal to Reverse the Vote of the People

More citizen-initiated measures are making it onto the ballot than ever before. But in cities and states where they’re able, legislators are taking steps to alter them.

The ‘Cafes’ Where Women Go to Breastfeed

Come for the free lactation consultation. Stay for the fellow moms.