Equity

A block of shuttered two-story buildings

Can Poletown Come Back After a General Motors Shutdown?

The 33-year-old GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant was renovated less than five years ago. But now that it’s shutting down, some residents are hoping to right a wrong.

A church in Detroit just before its demolition in the early 1980s

A Documentary Looks Back at GM’s History in Detroit’s Poletown

“These people responsible for this are worse than the communists in Poland,” one local said when General Motors razed the neighborhood in the early 1980s.

The ‘Sweeping’ Effect of a $15-an-Hour Job Guarantee

A new report analyzes the complicated labor market impact of a radical proposal that’s gaining traction on the left.

A photo of skyscrapers in Nashville.

The Big Stakes in a Fight Over a Little Park in Nashville

Church Street Park is a small downtown space known to draw people experiencing homelessness. Now it’s slated to be replaced with a condo tower.

A large detached dwelling on Oahu, one of the Hawaiian islands

On Oahu, a Debate Over Honolulu’s ‘Monster’ Homes

Critics say the massive homes are code-dodging rentals. Others say space for extended-family home-share is necessary to manage the high home prices in Hawaii.

A photo of an encampment of homeless people outside Minneapolis,

Why Minneapolis Just Made Zoning History

The ambitious Minneapolis 2040 plan will encourage more dense housing development in single-family neighborhoods.

A photo of an unfinished apartment building under construction in Torrance, California.

California's Pro-Housing YIMBYs Are Making Their Move

The state’s lawmakers are getting serious about removing the most serious roadblock to building new affordable housing.

A photo of the Vianden castle rising above the tree-covered Ardennes hills in northern Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s New Deal: Free Transit and Legal Weed

It’s not just public transit: The Grand Duchy’s progressive new government also raised the minimum wage and gave everyone two extra days off.

Anti-Amazon graffiti in Long Island City, Queens.

Amazon HQ2 and the ‘Gentrification of Jobs’

Amazon has said each HQ2 site will result in 25,000 jobs. Will the working-class benefit? Will Amazon train locals for future employment?

An eviction notice is posted to a locked door.

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million.

A photo of a police car fitted with automated license plate reader technology.

Who’s Tracking Your License Plate?

Automated license plate readers are collecting and sharing tons of data across state lines, according to records from nearly 200 police departments nationwide.

Buying ice cream from an ice cream truck.

The Discrimination Muslim Women Face: Lessons for City Planning Outreach

It’s not just hate crimes. Muslim women in Dearborn, Michigan, say they face subtle and non-subtle discrimination while going about their daily activities.

A photo of a shelter for Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Migrant Caravan Is Straining Tijuana’s Resources, and Patience

Facing deteriorating conditions in shelters, 6,000 Central American migrants and asylum seekers are stuck in Tijuana, and city leaders are getting frustrated.

A photo of Mexico City residents gathering drinking water in buckets.

Fighting for Water and Life in Mexico City

The Mexican metropolis is a city of vast inequality, and access to water reflects that.

A protester wears a yellow vest, the symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel fuel prices.

France Gives In to ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters’ Demands

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced the government will cancel plans to increase fuel taxes—but the energy powering the protests likely won’t disappear.

A photo of a volunteer in Omaha processing petitions to expand Medicaid for Nebraska.

For the Poor, Obamacare Can Reduce Late Rent Payments

A first-of-its kind study suggests that Medicaid expansion under the ACA boosts financial outcomes—and keeps people from losing their homes.

A photo of an Oakland public housing community.

How to Create Safer Public Housing Projects

Despite their fearsome reputation, a new study finds most low-income housing projects aren't magnets for crime. What makes some more dangerous?

A photo of U.S. border patrol agents in California and Baltimore city police.

What Border Security and Police Violence Have in Common

There’s a connection between the militarization at the border and urban policing in American cities like Ferguson, Chicago, and Baltimore.

A woman wheels a baby stroller onto a New Jersey Transit train at Penn Station.

Parents, Have You Lived Without a Car? Tell Us Your Stories.

We want to hear about getting around car-free in your city.

Construction on a housing development in Detroit.

Black Homeowners Saw Greater Home Price Appreciation Than Whites in Some Areas

In some cities black homebuyers did better than whites, Latinos, and Asians in recent years. The problem is that there aren’t enough of them.

A fast-food worker is detained by police outside a McDonalds during a protest for a higher minimum wage.

Philadelphia Service Workers Could Be Next to Get a Fair Workweek Law

The city’s bill is the most expansive effort yet to tame on-call scheduling, and the unpredictability it adds to workers’ lives.