July 27, 2017

Cities: A Special Issue

By 2050, 66 per cent of the world’s population will live in metro areas. That rapid urbanization has made cities a focus of active experimentation and intellectual energy. In this special report, we look at the role urban universities play – for better and worse – in their communities, new insights into the history and future of cities, and the barriers that get in the way of good research.

Is it in the public interest to have giant urban campuses freeload off their neighbors’ taxes?

A new book recounts the forgotten history of housing discrimination.

Big data and big dollars are transforming the field. But scholars are struggling to keep up.

Economists and sociologists finally agree: Where people live matters. Now comes the hard part.

Cities birthed democracy. They must reassert themselves to preserve it, argues the late Benjamin Barber in his final book. 

Five scholars on what their universities owe their local communities.