Cover Story

How States and Cities Reinforce Racial Segregation in America

BY Daniel C. Vock

The black-white divide is still a major problem. Government policies are partially to blame.

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Education

Still Separate After All These Years: How Schools Fuel White Flight

Segregated schools aren’t just the products of segregated neighborhoods. In many cases, predominantly white schools are driving the racial divide. BY , ,
Urban

Distressed Cities Find Hope in Federal 'Opportunity Zones'

A new program may be a boon to struggling cities -- if it targets the right ones. BY
Management & Labor

How Nurses Prove the Power of Unions

In an anti-union era, nurses may have found a model for effectively organizing labor. BY

OBSERVER

Politics & Elections

Hmong Americans Gain Political Representation

The number of Hmong legislators, who came from Southeast Asia as refugees, tripled in the Minnesota state House this year. BY
Urban

Amazon's Curse of an Exploding Job Market

Voters aren’t satisfied with how Seattle is managing its growth, which has largely been driven by Amazon's presence. BY
Urban

With New Judges, Houston Could Flip the Script on Evictions

After Democrats swept judicial elections last year, Harris County is set to become much less landlord-friendly. BY
Politics & Elections

How Lawmakers Can Raise Their Own Pay in a Less Controversial Way

There are lessons to be learned from New York and Pennsylvania. BY
Assessments

How Will Driverless Cars Really Change Cities? Who Knows.

There are plenty of theories about how they will reshape urban areas. But it’s anybody’s guess. BY
Washington Watch

Why Rebuilding 'Bigger and Better' After Disasters Is a Mistake

Communities destroyed by natural disaster all want to start over. Somebody has to pay for it. BY
Urban Notebook

The Rent Is Too Damn Low

America's housing crisis is about more than high prices. BY
Public Safety & Justice

Where Have All the Black Men Gone?

There's a gender imbalance in many African-American neighborhoods. Mass incarceration is largely to blame. BY

THE BUSINESS OF GOVERNMENT

Smart Management

Government Watchdogs Face New Obstacles

It’s getting harder for the people who check up on government to do their jobs. BY
On Leadership

How Governments Can Keep Their Employees Happy

As a Tennessee agency has shown, employee engagement isn't unattainable. BY
Transportation & Infrastructure

Why ‘Density’ Is a Bad Word

It’s often used to describe how people live in urban spaces. But it shouldn't be. BY
Health & Human Services

To Fund Mental Health Care, States and Cities Raise Taxes

Denver may be the first major city where voters approved a tax increase for mental health services. Others have since followed. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

California’s New Air Pollution Solution

In an unprecedented move that will cut costs for low-income households and cut emissions for everyone, the state is paying for some homes to install energy-efficient appliances. BY

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