Co-published with Harper's. A gravel road is cheaper to maintain than a paved road.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Chinese immigrants based in New York City have long taken jobs in restaurants as far away as Pennsylvania, Alabama, and even Florida.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Businesses like Avocaderia are creating jobs in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. But at what cost?
Co-published with WNYC Studios. To understand why cooperative apartments outnumber condos in NYC, you have to visit Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. These days, the Garment District is shrinking as companies struggle with competition overseas and high rents at home.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. How can we improve neighborhoods and at the same time, keep the same neighbors?
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Someone who has been addicted to painkillers or heroin could be on the alternative medication, under a doctor's watch, for many years, similar to a diabetes patient or someone with a chronic condition like high blood pressure.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Staten Island’s North shore is missing a big opportunity: two million tourists ride the Staten Island Ferry every year, for a free sightseeing tour of New York Harbor. But on arrival, most of the visitors hurry onto the next ferry back to Manhattan, without spending a dime.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. For many Staten Islanders getting to work means catching a bus to the ferry, and for residents who lives close to the ferry and should have the shortest commute, they often report that the bus is failing them.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Shop owners claim a rise in crime after Garner’s death is hurting their businesses and the community.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Residents on Staten Island's North Shore voted on how to spend one million dollars in their community. Winning projects will be announced Wednesday.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Extensive private developments and an upcoming city rezoning for the North Shore of Staten Island have residents worried about the future look and feel of their neighborhoods.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. It’s a struggle to afford living in New York City, and the cost keeps rising. WNYC looks at what it takes to continue making this place home, one neighborhood at a time.
Co-published with The New York Times. Whatever happened to the "gangbanger"?
Co-published with CityLab. An open data project sought to battle tax foreclosures by arming residents with information. It may have empowered property speculators more than anyone.
Co-published with CityLab. Usually, the public benefits of gambling deteriorate over time. But many American cities still pin their economic hopes on casinos.
This story originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Oxford American with support from EHRP. What an unsolved double murder in Kentucky reveals about America’s military-industrial complex.
Co-published with Cosmopolitan. As Kayla Jones, 28, kisses her 2-year-old daughter, Lola, good-bye this morning, she doesn’t know if she’ll spend the day working with women who are joyfully welcoming or somberly ending their pregnancies.
This story originally appeared in The New York Times with support from EHRP. Melissa Bunni Elian captured the lives of two families in Yonkers, one in an affluent area and the other in the city’s gritty southwest section.
Co-published with Fusion. This is revolutionary: Trying to take control of a city council in a small town and then give the power to people.
Co-published with CNN's Great Big Story. Nineteen-year-old Briana Shields has lived much of her life in her sister Claressa’s shadow. Given the fact that her sister is boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, an Olympic gold medalist, that makes sense.
Co-published with BuzzFeed. A group of volunteers has been working to reclaim two neglected Virginia cemeteries from nature’s grasp.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 9. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. The team behind There Goes the Neighborhood talks about what they've learned, and the way forward in a post-gentrified Brooklyn.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 7. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. Some Brooklynites are wrestling with their own role in gentrification. Changes may be welcomed, but they come with mixed emotions for many.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 6. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. In the fast moving world of Brooklyn real estate, for some it feels more like the Wild West – developers and investors looking to cash in on the gold rush don't always play by the rules.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 4. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. Mayor de Blasio's plan to rezone East New York is his way of controlling the gentrification machine -- so what does the zoning plan actually look like?
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 3. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. What did East New York look like before Mayor de Blasio declared it the neighborhood where the city's future begins?
Co-published with The Guardian. The Philadelphia-area women interviewed by Lisa Riordan Seville and Zara Katz were asked to choose one object they hold on to to remind themselves of their loved ones currently serving time.
Co-published with The Guardian. They all use the van service provided by Bridging the Gap, based in Philadelphia, for personal reasons but are united by one thing: commitment to and love for the men in their lives.
Co-published with The Guardian. When Kristal Bush’s mother nearly went broke from the expense of visiting her son in prison, Kristal saw an opportunity to connect Philadelphia families to loved ones locked up hours away – and Bridging the Gap was born
Co-published with VICE. Buying a car and actually owning it in the eyes of the law are not the same thing. Some Americans are finding that out the hard way.
Co-published with Alternet. White supremacy systematically creates poverty with one hand while violently punishing it with the other.
Co-published with Longreads. Nearly nine out of ten cops are men. Sarah Smarsh discusses the police force’s gender problem and a Wichita woman’s efforts inside the criminal justice system that failed her.
Co-published with The Guardian. Municipal coffers are being filled by fining those who can least afford it. If fees were tied to wealth, that calculus would shift.
Co-published with the New Republic. Cataloguing the makeshift memorials for the victims of New York City's gun violence.
Co-published with The New Yorker. A project in Oakland hopes to do something remarkable: build a co-op agricultural network owned and run by the formerly incarcerated.
Co-published with Fusion. Anna Stubblefield was convicted of raping her disabled student. I have a problem with that.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Courts are hitting students with harsh penalties and collecting millions of dollars in fines. But are they addressing the real problems?
Co-published with The Guardian. Shows like Ozark, Billions and Empire are a new kind of aspirational television, about a 1% that lives with impunity.
Co-published with The Guardian. Researchers are exploring how community, connection and trust could help protect society’s most vulnerable.
Co-published with The Guardian. The national media failed to cover large swathes of the US pre-election, while rural voices have been quieted by the decimation of local news. Our On The Ground project aims to remedy these issues.
Co-published with The Guardian. The big city ‘elites’ drink almond milk, eat organic food – and they’re emblematic of a deep cultural divide experienced by the voters who feel left behind.
Co-published with The Baffler. Awkward, Americanized, consumer-focused forms of Buddhism have long since taken over our exercise (yoga), our offices (mindfulness), and our homes (feng shui). Now, with doula programs popping up like mantras in the mind, they’ve come for our deaths.
Co-curated with Bill Moyers & Company. Poetry provides the constant opportunity to take a situation and cast it in a different light.
Co-curated with Bill Moyers & Company. Let’s take a closer look at the most feared weapon used by the US in the Korean War.
Co-curated with Bill Moyers & Company. A poem about survival from Kansas City-based poet and essayist Anne Boyer.
Co-published with Bright. The political divide between these conservative kids and their immigrant friends disappears through frank conversation and a shared love of literature.
Co-published with The Cut. Why are universities so unfriendly to single moms?
Co-published with TIME. Public schools in wealthy Manhattan neighborhoods are pitching in so that low-income students can have the same level of resources as they do.
Co-published with TIME. The U.S. should focus on training programs for students, not profits.
Co-published with The Atlantic with additional support from Capital & Main. When it comes to schoolwork, there is a chasm separating students with parents who have predictable work schedules from those whose parents don’t.
Co-published with Medium. Teaching in challenging environments isn't easy, and good intentions aren't enough.
Co-published with Vogue. Student debt in the US has become a national crisis. But there's only one way to eliminate it for good.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Urban school systems are now so confusing—and so unequal—that parents are hiring private experts to help them figure out where to send their kids.
Co-published with The New York Times. What the controversial educational initiative looks like for low-income students and parents in the shadow of Silicon Valley.
Co-published with Pacific Standard. With 75 percent of the academic workforce precariously employed,
adjuncts on the edge are raising money—for themselves.
Co-published with The Nation. How evangelical Christians are taking advantage of publicly funded spaces.
Co-published with Elle. Like hundreds of thousands of others with advanced educations, Brianne Bolin barely makes enough to feed herself and her son.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Leila Yusuf is an immigrant who fled to the United States 19 years ago, during the civil war in Somalia. She’s 37 years old, has three children, and works as a shuttle bus driver in Washington, 20 miles south of Seattle. She longs for a “better job, better life” where she can make more than the minimum wage.
Co-published with The Atlantic. The new version of the exam has tougher questions and a higher registration fee--plus it requires computer proficiency.
Co-published with Alternet. A living-wage campaign has been pressing the University of Virginia’s overpaid administrators to treat its workers better for the past 14 years.
Co-published with TIME. Opponents of the current Medicaid program may look at the dollars only and not the human beings behind them.
Co-published with Refinery29. How one family stays together when President Trump's Muslim Ban is keeping them apart.
Co-published with Cosmopolitan. When Erica's twin sisters were adopted, she thought she'd still see them regularly. She was wrong.
Co-Published with the Virginia Quarterly Review. If faith fosters separateness, how do you navigate healthcare for your children? A #VQRTrueStory essay.
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Co-published with The Guardian with additional support from Capital & Main. The apps and robots celebrated by Silicon Valley wunderkinds are helping to make previously white-collar lives ever more precarious.
Co-published with Jezebel. (Excerpt) The majority of child support debt is owed by parents making less than $10,000.
Co-published with AlterNet. Conservative lawmakers are making it harder for the hungry to feed themselves.
Co-published with National Geographic. Matt Eich has been photographing the Sellers, a low-income family with two deaf children, for ten years. As they've grown closer, Matt has been given intimate access to the Sellers' lives.
Co-published with Feature Shoot. This apocalyptic photo series explores the bleak, desperate circumstances that many American children face.
Co-published with AlterNet. I use food stamps. That doesn't mean you get to create a cruel Facebook meme about me.
Co-published with NBC News. Child advocates say that foster youth are particularly vulnerable to identity theft because they bounce from one home to another, giving an expanding group of adults access to their private information.
Co-published with The New York Times. Increasingly, even middle- and upper-class parents are finding that day care is nearly impossible to afford.
Co-published with CNN. Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" venture is being rightly attacked for all the wrong reasons. What's been missed is a real opportunity that Sandberg's proposal unintentionally spotlights: the opportunity to talk honestly about feminism and class.
Co-published with Mother Jones. Nearly 1.4 million American households live on $2 per person. Gabriel Thompson reports from one of the nation's poorest areas.
Co-published with Alternet. Now that we’re living under a political regime hostile to women's health, there's more risk than ever for those using this essential commodity.
Co-published with VICE. Doctors are already getting spooked out of prescribing painkillers, and new rules could make life in some of America's struggling communities even worse.
Film by Maisie Crow. Premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the LA Film Festival. Maisie Crow expands on her Emmy-nominated documentary The Last Clinic, revisiting the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi.
Co-published with PBS NewsHour with additional support from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon.
Co-published with Vox. She's been in and out of shelters and rehabs. I can’t fix her. But she also can’t fix herself.
Co-published with The Verge. No, Native Americans are not biologically more likely to become alcoholics. What's really to blame? Poverty, trauma, and colonialism itself.
Co-published with the The New York Observer. Advocates for overweight Americans see wellness programs as thinly veiled fat discrimination.
Co-published with Alternet. When mental health professionals misdiagnose their patients, the treatment can be more dangerous than the original condition.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Darryl Lorenzo Wellington reports on the multi-billion dollar plasma donation industry, including his own experience “plassing” for cash.