Census Releases New Interactive Dashboard to Identify Underserved Communities

The new "My Community Explorer" interactive dashboard is intended to help drive data-based solutions to inequality in and between communities.

April 14, 2022 - U.S. Census Bureau


19 of 1,036 Majority-Black ZIP Codes Are 'Prosperous,' Report Says

The Economic Innovation Group has released its 2020 Distressed Communities Index.

January 18, 2021 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge

Vacant Properties

The Legacy of Structural Poverty in Alabama

In rural Alabama, a long history of racial inequality and poverty has left people struggling to survive in uninhabitable housing.

November 18, 2020 - The New York Times

Southeast Asia

The Singapore Exception

Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong were credited early in the pandemic with having successfully contained the coronavirus without resorting to lockdowns. However, Singapore lost its standing in that elite group. Crowding vs. density may explain why.

June 9, 2020 - NPR - Goats and Soda

Seoul South Korea

The Basement Apartments of Seoul’s Urban Poor

The lives of Seoul's poorest residents in squalid below-ground housing are brought out of the shadows in the film "Parasite."

March 11, 2020 - The New York Times

Historic home of Louisa May Alcott

Lessons in Architecture and Development Found in This Year's Oscar-Nominated Films

A pair of articles mine the films nominated for Academy Award for lessons in design and development that could potentially benefit housing equality.

February 10, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

Detroit Vacant Properties

A Better Way to Tackle Social and Economic Inequality

Building community wealth from the bottom up is a more effective way to turn struggling communities around.

December 16, 2019 - CityLab

Manhattan Retail

The Growing Urban Inequality Gap, Visualized

Inequality is growing faster in large metropolitan areas, according to a New York Times data visualization.

December 2, 2019 - The New York Times

Chile Metro

How a Subway Fare Increase Kicked Off Chile's Largest Protest

For many residents, Santiago's subway system and its fare hikes became a nexus for anger over deeper inequities across Chilean society.

November 1, 2019 - CityLab

San Francisco Houses

Op-Ed: Only Half of San Francisco is Changing

Using a mid 20th-century painting as his point of reference, Benjamin Schneider points out that the vast, disruptive changes we often associate with San Francisco are only affecting the city's eastern side.

August 22, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.