Neighborhoods

News related to zoning, cities, gentrification and urban development.

Why Reform Falls Short in Stopping Police Violence
A cop arrests a person on the street.

Why Reform Falls Short in Stopping Police Violence

Last year became the deadliest year for fatal police encounters, despite calls for reform and racial justice after the 2020 protests.

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The Young Women Fighting to Save Chinatowns
A street view of New York Chinatown. People walking on the sidewalk, busy street lined with cars, and snowflake center-streamers connect from parallel buildings.

The Young Women Fighting to Save Chinatowns

As Chinatowns around the world reel from racial and economic injustice, young women are organizing to save these iconic neighborhoods.

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Year in Review: The Right to Housing
A key with silver house-shaped keychain next to a red and cream miniature model home on top of a wooden table.

Year in Review: The Right to Housing

Though the home is the center of our lives, housing in the United States is not a right but a privilege for those able to afford it.

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Tiny from POOR Magazine on Radical Redistribution
A group of people pose for a picture in front of a mural. The mural says "Homefulness" and shows different scenes of people and folks protesting with signs that read "We are not trash stop sweeping us" and "landback so houseless indigenous people can build homes."

Tiny from POOR Magazine on Radical Redistribution

A poor and Indigenous people-led movement is changing how poor people are discussed and empowering their own solutions by centering themselves.

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Moving Past Acknowledgment to Rematriation
View of the Grand Teton Mountain Range in Jackson, Wyoming, during sunset.

Moving Past Acknowledgment to Rematriation

Initiatives like land rematriation aren’t just reparations but a clear way to dismantle white supremacy and center Indigenous communities.

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The Shameful History of Sundown Towns
A drone shot looking down main street of a small town in the midwest during sunset.

The Shameful History of Sundown Towns

Beyond the legal segregation of the Jim Crow South, the U.S. is full of municipalities that were dangerous for Black travelers.

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The MOVE Bombing and the Repatriation of Human Remains
A skeleton encased in a clear display with lights inside a dark room.

The MOVE Bombing and the Repatriation of Human Remains

Like the MOVE bombing victims, museums hold the remains of marginalized communities, often without community support or consent.

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The Criminalization of Sharing in Public
People in masks serve food outside on a corner at night. A sign behind them reads "Food not Bombs."

The Criminalization of Sharing in Public

Thanks to anti-homeless legislation, U.S. cities are penalizing those who give food to unhoused people.

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Fighting “Penn-ification” with the People’s Townhomes
Five people from the People's Townhomes stand in a row with their backs turned and right fists in the air. The back of their shirts read "stop displacing Black communities." Red posters on the concrete pillar in front of them say "eviction = murder," "housing is our human right," and "stop the sale" in white ink.

Fighting “Penn-ification” with the People’s Townhomes

West Philly residents from the People’s Townhomes are fighting to maintain accessible housing for families and seniors. 

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What MLK Boulevards Teach Us About Collective Forgetting
A green street sign of MLK boulevard on the corner of a street.

What MLK Boulevards Teach Us About Collective Forgetting

The memorialization of social justices leaders and victims, as in the case of MLK boulevards, is meaningless without systemic change.

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