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Burgh Diaspora


Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

The geography of housing demand is a lot more nimble than the geography of housing supply.

Their Money


The Beautiful Tyranny of the Restoration Hardware Catalog

It’s heavy, it’s not good for the environment, it’s too expensive for all but a select few—and yet, every year, the 17-pound catalog arrives again.

Quick Studies


To Cool Cities, Build Them Tall and Shiny

A jungle of reflective skyscrapers will usually be better off than a low-lying district of similarly shaped townhouses.

We Read It


Working, 40 Years After ‘Working’

Four decades later, Studs Terkel’s characterization of the American worker still applies.

The Rest of the World


The World Is Getting Less Peaceful Every Year

And it’s costing the global economy about $1,350 per person.

The Future of Money


Fare Money: Trapped on the Beijing Subway Without a Ticket

Public transportation passes are one of the most common forms of non-bank money that we interact with on a daily basis, but it’s easy—perhaps too easy—not to think of them as such, until something goes wrong.

Burgh Diaspora


The Geopolitics of Gentrification

The international market for U.S. real estate looks nothing like the domestic market for U.S. real estate.



Can’t Rent Me Love: One Woman’s Battle Against Pet Fads

Humans are hardwired to go jelly-kneed around creatures with kinderschema—infant traits like big eyes, big head, and small body. Can we resist it?

Quick Studies


We Can Afford to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

The world needs to be spending $800 billion a year more on clean energy if it’s to meet international climate goals. Given the $500 billion a year we already spend on fossil fuel subsidies, it should be within reach.

Burgh Diaspora


Demographic Tale of the Tape: Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight

Matt Yglesias, despite Vox’s commitment to deliver “crucial context alongside new information,” passes along tired geographic stereotypes.

Go Outside


Should You Watch That Pre-Flight Safety Demonstration?

Nearly a third of all airplane deaths are preventable, but in the decisive moment most of us will freeze up.

Burgh Diaspora


Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

We keep fudging the facts in order to maintain the preferred narrative.



The Organ Detective: A Career Spent Uncovering a Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh

Tracking the organ trade, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes visited African and South American dialysis units, organ banks, police morgues, and hospitals. She interviewed surgeons, patient’s rights activists, pathologists, nephrologists, and nurses. So why aren’t more people listening to her?

The Worst Week


Why Opening a Casino Is a Terrible Idea

A number of smaller towns are opening up casinos in the hopes of emulating the success of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. As far as economic development goes, this is the worst idea.

Who Funded That?


Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.

The Worst Week


The Worst Time in America

Indiana, we love you, but your clocks are way too confusing.

The Future of Money


Should the One Percent Stop Hoarding So Much Cash?

A tax on excess cash holdings—for corporations as well at high-net-worth individuals—could help spur development.

Conference Call


3 Conferences Taking Place in July and August That Are Worth Attending

From “The Wisdom of Music” to “The Human and Animal Bond,” academic gatherings you should be aware of.

The Worst Week


The Benefits of Being the Worst Movie Ever Made

Plenty of movies have been bad, mediocre, or even good, but only a select few have been called “the worst.” What might seem like an ignominious distinction, though, is also its own kind of success.

Burgh Diaspora


The Pseudoscience of Jane Jacobs and Innovation Districts

Where we find innovation, we find industry clusters. That doesn’t mean the two are causally linked.

Social Networking


Social Networking: Letters and Other Responses to Our May/June 2014 Print Issue

Join the conversation by visiting our Facebook or Google+ page, or sending us a message on Twitter. You can also follow our regular updates on LinkedIn and subscribe to our print edition.



Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

Introducing Richard McNally, Amanda Wilson, Ethan Watters, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Wen Shen.



Building a Better Pig

How have the farm animals of today been shaped by centuries of domestication and selective breeding? Sujata Gupta investigates.

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Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

How Gay Men Feel About Aging

Coming to terms with growing old can be difficult in the gay community. But middle-aged men are inventing new strategies to cope.

Cesareans Are Still Best for Feet-First Babies

A new study confirms that surgery is the safest way to deliver a breech fetus.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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