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Small Factories Emerge as a Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty

Small Factories Emerge as a Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty

A housing community near an industrial park in the Westport neighborhood of Baltimore.
Yanjiao Journal: Seeking Lower Rent, Chinese Artists Cut Path for Themselves Outside Beijing

Yanjiao Journal: Seeking Lower Rent, Chinese Artists Cut Path for Themselves Outside Beijing

A student on the satellite campus of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Yanjiao. The city of about 300,000 has become a low-cost spot from which artists can chase their dreams.
The 2016 Race: Why Republicans Don’t Even Try to Win Cities Anymore

The 2016 Race: Why Republicans Don’t Even Try to Win Cities Anymore

As a Republican presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan toured the South Bronx in the summer of 1980 to try to win urban voters.
Urban Studies: What’s Your Ideal Community? The Answer Is Political

Urban Studies: What’s Your Ideal Community? The Answer Is Political

Repairing a water main break in Manhattan. Cities are more complex and often require more government services.

The Great Divide: The Election Highlighted a Growing Rural-Urban Split

The polarization between the prosperous urban regions and the rural areas where people feel left behind was sharply clear in Tuesday’s vote.
U.S. Foreign Investor Program Funding More Luxury Projects

U.S. Foreign Investor Program Funding More Luxury Projects

The Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., was built under a program meant to encourage wealthy foreigners to invest in depressed areas of the United States,
Moving On: The States That College Graduates Are Most Likely to Leave

Moving On: The States That College Graduates Are Most Likely to Leave

Students at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green watching the third presidential debate in October.
Like Trump, Europe’s Populists Win Big With Rural Voters

Like Trump, Europe’s Populists Win Big With Rural Voters

“This area has always been conservative, always,” Joszef Grochowski, mayor of Kulesze Koscielne, said. “The ethos of the people who live here is work and faith.”
Loaded Phrase: Why Trump’s Use of the Words ‘Urban Renewal’ Is Scary for Cities

Loaded Phrase: Why Trump’s Use of the Words ‘Urban Renewal’ Is Scary for Cities

A demolition zone in the Hill District in Pittsburgh in 1957, in an area of historically African-American neighborhoods.
Economic Scene: Where Were Trump’s Votes? Where the Jobs Weren’t

Economic Scene: Where Were Trump’s Votes? Where the Jobs Weren’t

Donald J. Trump speaking in Sarasota, Fla., on Nov. 7. By one analysis, the 2,584 counties where Mr. Trump won generate only 36 percent of America’s economic activity.
Urban Studies: How to Predict Gentrification: Look for Falling Crime

Urban Studies: How to Predict Gentrification: Look for Falling Crime

The U Street corridor in Washington has attracted a wave of wealthier residents.
Rights Battles Emerge in Cities Where Homelessness Can Be a Crime

Rights Battles Emerge in Cities Where Homelessness Can Be a Crime

A homeless encampment in Denver near a new apartment complex. The city has been cracking down on “urban camping” and citing the homeless for sleeping outside.
Ben Carson, Shaped by Poverty, Is Likely to Bring Tough Love to HUD

Ben Carson, Shaped by Poverty, Is Likely to Bring Tough Love to HUD

Ben Carson speaking at Yale last month. Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has been nominated by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be secretary of housing and urban development.
Demographic Shift: Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young

Demographic Shift: Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young

A happy hour event in San Francisco in 2014 for some social media stars. Lindsey Louie with her dog Biggie Griffon.
Demographic Shift: Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young

Demographic Shift: Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young

A happy hour event in San Francisco in 2014 for some social media stars. Lindsey Louie with her dog Biggie Griffon.
Trump’s Vision of ‘Carnage’ Misses Complex Reality of Many Cities

Trump’s Vision of ‘Carnage’ Misses Complex Reality of Many Cities

“Our streets are clean, always,” in Philadelphia, Isaiah Thomas says. “We’re doing the same things that most people do in the country.”
Colorado Aims to Expand a Main Artery, but Beleaguered Neighbors Balk

Colorado Aims to Expand a Main Artery, but Beleaguered Neighbors Balk

Holliday Aguilar at her home in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood in Denver. The home is slated for demolition as part of a project to widen Interstate 70, which passes by Ms. Aguilar’s doorstep.
Colorado Aims to Expand a Main Artery, but Beleaguered Neighbors Balk

Colorado Aims to Expand a Main Artery, but Beleaguered Neighbors Balk

Holliday Aguilar at her home in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood in Denver. The home is slated for demolition as part of a project to widen Interstate 70, which passes by Ms. Aguilar’s doorstep.
Flecks of Extraterrestrial Dust, All Over the Roof

Flecks of Extraterrestrial Dust, All Over the Roof

Varieties of space dust, barely the width of a human hair. These photomicrographs were made with a special camera setup that magnifies the dust grains nearly 3,000 times.
Ben Carson Calls on Rich City Dwellers to Help Poorer Neighbors

Ben Carson Calls on Rich City Dwellers to Help Poorer Neighbors

Ben Carson was sworn in as secretary of housing and urban development last month by Vice President Mike Pence.