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How a city that once celebrated seamstresses and stevedores came to admire "big swinging dicks."

Pennsylvania Station, photographed by Cervin Robinson in 1962, architecture

How an architecture critic made New York City her touchstone for discussions of public space.

The New Museum tries to explain why the city's art scene changed in 1993.

Enterprise lot

It seems unbelievable, but land dedicated to the VA for housing veterans has been denied to them—and LA has more homeless vets than any city in America.

Phoenix

The city is at the crossroads of climate change—and, for a host of reasons, an unsustainable future. 

Glenn Harris discusses the goals and tactics of Seattle's unique "Race and Social Justice Initiative."

San Francisco

Life on San Francisco’s streets for women over 50 is filled with hardships, small and large.

California flag

Local and state governments are gaining the ability to restore basic services and infrastructure.

For Yolanda Andrews, losing her house would mean losing everything. That's why she's standing up to predatory banking.

Anthony Narh

Anthony Nahr, a Ghanaian immigrant, died in a garage adjoining a celebrity-filled luxury apartment building in Tribeca.

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Taxi and livery drivers suffer homicide rates twenty to thirty times higher than other occupations.

October 24, 2014

Human Resources Administration announces changes to a system long critiqued by advocates.

October 8, 2014

The courts want to offer sex workers “compassion”—but maybe agency would be more useful.

October 6, 2014

The de Blasio administration unveils an ambitious plan: reduce emissions and inequality at the same time.

September 24, 2014

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