How the rise of anti-crime politics caused lasting harm to Black Americans

Law professor James Forman Jr. discusses the dangers of overreacting to an uptick in violent crime.

How the urban-rural divide is undermining China's economic success

Restrictions on rural citizens reinforce discrimination and a persistent wealth gap, the writer Dexter Roberts says.

American policing never adjusted to the decades-long decline in urban violence

US cities are about as safe as ever, but police practices don't reflect that, says sociolgist Patrick Sharkey.

Camden, New Jersey, isn't really a model for police reform

Beneath the hype, the city's experience is much more complicated.

A looming fiscal crisis raises another fear for US cities: State oversight and financial control boards

The pandemic economy could revive a fraught method for fixing distressed local budgets.

How America became over-policed and under-policed at the same time

"Residential segregation is central to all this," the author Jill Leovy says.

American renters need a lot more help to keep a roof over their heads

Cities are making their own plans for rent assistance, but they can't keep up with demand.