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Is there a progressive vision for the post-Daley era in Chicago?

With budget crunches slamming cities and urban industry continuing to decline, what can be done to rebuild American cities so that they are strong and work for everyone?

Nation Writing Contest Winner: Students and workers pay the price in the decline of Detroit's automobile industry.

How we remember Katrina is how we'll prepare for future disasters. Getting the story straight matters for justice—and for survival.

Developing policy solutions to reduce inequality is not difficult. Mustering political will to enact them is.

The foreclosure crisis is now hitting even the safest borrowers. That makes passing the Right to Rent Act, which would enable homeowners who can't get loan modifications to stay in their homes, even more critical.

As New York City struggles with continued foreclosures, an anemic economy and large deficits, we hear constant calls to balance the budget on the backs of those most in need. But we believe that the city can plan a recovery that narrows the growing economic divide.

There's more to the legend of Jane Jacobs than her showdown with Robert Moses.
 

Thoroughly green and worker-owned, co-ops are a vibrant response to economic distress.

The joy and community found in Mardi Gras offer an antidote to defeatism and despair.

Blogs

There’s no evidence that credit reports reveal an applicant’s competence but plenty of evidence that shows they invade privacy and institutionalize discrimination.

September 12, 2014

Lessons from Missouri should steer us toward new national policies and an embrace of policing that respects civil liberties.

August 15, 2014

Why has the response to Michael Brown’s murder been to crack down on dissent and arrest journalists?

August 14, 2014

Officials have temporarily suspended water shutoffs, and activists are working to create permanent protections for low-income families.

July 22, 2014

Unions, community and religious groups organize to prioritize the interests of working families over the interests of Wall Street bankers.

July 17, 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department plans to shut off water for delinquent customers at a rate of 1,500 to 3,000 this summer. 

July 11, 2014

Citizens organize to block water shutoffs as the UN Special Rapporteur says ”when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.”

July 11, 2014

However one feels about subway dancers’ high flying antics, we should be able to agree they shouldn’t be arrested.

July 8, 2014

For many of Brazil’s residents, the battles between World Cup teams aren’t nearly as important as the battle to keep their homes, or to protest free from the threat of violence.

June 16, 2014

Low-income residents demand accountability from NYCHA. 

June 16, 2014