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Wealth or Good Parenting?

Framing the privileges of the rich.

Homecoming Week


Will Philadelphia Ever Be Home to a Middle Class?

Jake Blumgart has watched his friends decamp his adopted hometown for places with more opportunities and city services. Will anyone be left to build a better Philly?

Homecoming Week


Why I Became a Homeowner at Age 22

Kevin Koczwara didn’t necessarily feel ready to commit to homeownership (and a 30-year mortgage) when he was 22. Looking back, he’s glad he did.

Quick Studies

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Journalists Can Get PTSD Without Leaving Their Desks

Dealing with violent content takes a heavy toll on some reporters.

Homecoming Week


The Housing Bubble Saved My Home

Even though the house was just across town, a then-15-year-old William Brennan did everything in his power to keep his family from moving to Pheasant Manor. In the end, the decision wasn’t his—or anyone else’s—to make.

Quick Studies


Facebook App Shoppers Do What Their Friends Do

People on Facebook are more influenced by their immediate community than by popular opinion.

Homecoming Week


Inside Japan’s Disposable Housing Market

In a culture obsessed with newness, no one wants a “used” home—which makes the Japanese real estate market almost unrecognizable to an American.

The Future of Money


What’s the Value of a Story?

As BuzzFeed puts another $50 million investment to use, some legacy media companies might be feeling left out. But BuzzFeed isn’t taking on journalism. It’s an entertainment, rather than news, company, because it knows stories are more compelling than scoops.

Homecoming Week


Why It’s So Hard for Soccer to Find a Home in America

Tax-payer-funded stadiums: not so hot right now.

Burgh Diaspora


Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don’t Blame Housing Supply

Supply only matters where demand is strong.

Homecoming Week


What Does the Grey Lady Think of My Hometown?

For Ryan O’Hanlon, there’s the Long Island town he remembers growing up in, and then the one the Manhattan newspaper wrote about.

Sociological Images


The Great Recession Destroyed Median Household Wealth in the United States

The net worth of the median household fell from $87,992 in 2003 to $56,335 in 2013, for a decline of 36 percent.

Burgh Diaspora


Housing Affordability and Supply Side Economics

Housing affordability in Los Angeles, California—and elsewhere—is more than just a supply problem.

A Conversation With


How Do You Make a Living, Puzzle Maker?

Francis Heaney talks to Noah Davis about the misconceptions and changing dynamics of the puzzling world.

The Future of Money


Why Technology Won’t Shorten Your Work Week

Despite advances in technology, we’re remarkably good at creating new forms of consumption, which lead to new work, and, in turn, new social hierarchies.

Burgh Diaspora


Fleeing New York and San Francisco for ‘Cleveland’

Are the rents too damn high more a function of limited supply or strong demand? The first post in a new series.

Your Money


The Magical Thinking of Silver Swindlers

Enjoy their absurd history lessons—but don’t buy them.

Burgh Diaspora


When Social Scientists Fail Demography

Journalists often perpetuate demographic and geographic myths. But what if they’re interpreting academic papers correctly and it’s the experts who are to blame?

A Conversation With


Universal Basic Income: Something We Can All Agree on?

According to Almaz Zelleke, it’s not a crazy thought.



The (Mostly Awful) Things You Learn After Investigating Unpaid Internships for a Year

Though the intern economy remains opaque, dialogue about the role of interns in the labor force—and protections they deserve—is beginning to take shape.

The Future of Money


Why Coffee Shortages Won’t Change the Price of Your Frappuccino

You’re so loyal to Starbucks—and the company knows it—that your daily serving of caffeine is already marked up beyond the reach of any fluctuations in supply.



The Declining Wage Gap for Gay Men

New research finds gay men in America are rapidly catching up with straight married men in terms of wages.

Burgh Diaspora


LeBron James Migration: Big Chef Seeking Small Pond

The King’s return to Cleveland is a symbol for the dramatic shift in domestic as well as international migration.

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Mining Your Genetic Data for Profit: The Dark Side of Biobanking

One woman’s personal story raises deep questions about the stark limits of current controls in a nascent industry at the very edge of the frontier of humans and technology.

Burgh Diaspora


Geographic Scale and Talent Migration: Washington, D.C.’s New Silver Line

Around the country, suburbs are fighting with the urban core over jobs and employees.

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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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