The Best of Next City
10+ most popular Next City articles, as voted by our community.
Next City’s journalism centers marginalized voices while amplifying solutions to the problems that oppress people in cities.
Next City on Food
We Can Move Beyond Food Access To Food Sovereignty. Here’s How.
Op-ed: Emergency food initiatives prevented hunger during the pandemic. But to build a healthy future, we need to design a community-centered food system instead of simply responding to crises.
Next City on Future Cities
Can Cities Eliminate Heat-Related Deaths? Phoenix Is Trying.
Phoenix hopes a new Office of Heat Response can move fast enough to counter the impacts of deadly heat.
Cities Are Planting Trees. Why Not Make Them Fruit Trees?
From backyards to sidewalks, communities in Philadelphia and beyond see food-bearing trees as a path to food justice and climate adaptation.
Next City on Healing
What Is Trauma-Informed Design?
Shared by 462, including Greater Greater Washington
«The growing awareness of the impact of the built environment on our health is one reason for the growth of trauma-informed design»
Next City on Housing
Places of Worship Tackle the Affordable Housing Shortage
The Southeast Tabernacle Baptist Church in Washington D.C. wants to add nearly 80 rental units on its land in an underserved neighborhood.
Next City on Military
Will Student Debt Relief Really Undermine Military Recruitment?
Military recruiters often target low-income youth. Will Biden’s student loan relief plan mean vulnerable youth no longer have to choose between debt and military service?
Next City on Mobility
Bike Libraries Are Boosting Access To Bikes Across The U.S.
Campuses and libraries across the country are increasingly adding bikes to their inventory, increasing access to cycling along the way.
Using Tech To Make Transit Accessible For Those Without Smartphones
In the Twin Cities, Boston, New York City and beyond, transit agencies are experimenting with solar-powered e-paper signs and onboard transit signs to provide real-time updates.
Next City on Society
How One City Ended Prison Gerrymandering
Wilmington, Delaware, is among the places now counting incarcerated people at their home addresses when redistricting. But some Americans fall through the cracks.
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How Teens Are Pushing Back On Book Bans
“Teachers are afraid of losing their jobs. Principals only have so much that they can do in the face of school boards. But students can protest. Students can speak out.”
Latin America’s New Superstar
The Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar, perhaps the only drug lord to become a worldwide household name, transported billions of dollars worth of cocaine, which had surpassed coffee as Colombia’s leading export by 1982. Arriving on U.S. shores, the exploits of cocaine cowboys made Miami the murder capital of the world in the early ’80s, an ignominious title Medellín itself stole in 1991, when it topped out at 381 murders per 100,000 residents, 40 times what the United Nations considers “ep
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