New York’s offer of incentives to Amazon to open a headquarters in the state faced significant opposition.
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The gap between rich and poor is at record levels in the U.S., yet it varies widely among the states. A political scientist explains why.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocates for a $15 minimum wage in addition to tips in New York.
The restaurant industry as a whole hasn't been a huge supporter of the fight to increase minimum wage – but it should be.
A convenience store worker hands out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
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Which candies count as candy in the eyes of the tax law? The answer often depends on one ingredient.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is one of many emerging global metropolises that are struggling to protect residents against tobacco.
Rapidly growing metropolises like Beijing, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City are struggling to protect residents against tobacco. Life-saving policies in rich countries may be partially to blame.
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It was once seen as a public menace – now, skateboarding is a global sport that empowers young people to improve their cities.
Union Square: contentious political rallies helped progressive social reformers argue for the protection of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
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New York's Union Square is an important site in American labor history. One scholar's research illustrates the shifting meanings and inherent tensions of public space as an epicenter of civic life.
Contact with nature reduces stress and aggression, one reason scholars say urban green space may reduce violence.
Some parks reduce violence in the local vicinity. Other parks attract crime. The difference has to do with how these urban green spaces are designed, programmed and managed, experts say.
With partnerships between landowners, the government and businesses, South Africa can invest in its wetlands and boost the country's potable water reserves.
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Despite efforts to encourage a shift to sustainable transportation, traffic congestion is often the focus of debates over mobility. Motorists endlessly demand more roads, but is this really a solution?
Airbnb is a growing threat to the major hotel chains.
The number of Airbnb properties has exploded since its founding in 2008. A hospitality management expert looked at how this has hurt hotels.
New York restricts the growth of glass skyscrapers.
Glass has always been a notoriously energy inefficient building material – but an obsession with aesthetics led architects to ignore its shortcomings.
Drivers for the ride-hailing giant Uber are planning a national day of action to protest labour conditions.
Drivers for Uber, one of the most successful companies in the gig economy are set to strike by turning their apps off for one day this week as their company prepares for its IPO.
In an urban setting like central Footscray, where only 1% of the area is public space, the value of the humble footpath needs to be recognised.
Footpaths are a valuable space for everyday social activity, but their role is often overlooked. In increasingly dense urban areas such as Footscray, footpaths are essential public spaces.
Project Oceanology class retrieves a bottom trawl at the mouth of the Thames River.
For decades, New England students took field trips out into the Long Island Sound. Their data show how quickly the sound is warming, leading to fewer American lobster, rock crab and winter flounder.
Amazon will not build their second headquarters in Long Island City.
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Economic research suggests tax incentives and other corporate subsidies don't have the positive impact they're supposed to.
Amazon’s plan to build a new headquarters in Long Island City faced significant resistance.
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Amazon nixed plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City after some New Yorkers questioned the wisdom of offering billions in tax breaks in exchange for job promises. A Texas study suggests they had reason to worry.
Sydney’s Darling Harbour: popular but noisy and expensive. Here’s how we could do better to provide a safe place to work and play.
Cities around the world are redeveloping their waterfronts to be accessible and resilient to the effects of climate change. Here's where Sydney's Darling Harbour went wrong and what we can do better.
For cities that lost like New Jersey, there may be more than one way to win.
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Some say the more than 230 cities that lost their bids for Amazon's second headquarters were dupes in the retailer's game. In fact, they were willing participants with their own aims.
Stop and frisk has often been criticized as a way to target minorities.
Police practices like stop and frisk are often criticized as racial profiling. But it can be tricky to figure out from the data which officers are the worst offenders.
The World Trade Center burns after being hit by planes in New York Sept. 11, 2001.
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An unprecedented onslaught from the US hasn't destroyed the terrorist organization. What is the secret of its resilience?