American segregation, mapped at day and night

American segregation, mapped at day and night

This was Levittown, Pennsylvania, shortly after World War II. In a suburb that explicitly promised a white-only neighborhood. And it wasn’t some outlier. It was the prototypical suburb, built by the father of suburbia — Bill Levitt — who created several suburbs around the US, …

Why safe playgrounds aren’t great for kids

Why safe playgrounds aren’t great for kids

When you imagine a playground, chances are it looks something like this. There’s usually a slide, a bridge, and a high point with a domed roof. That’s what makes this a playground, and this, and this. But what about this? This isn’t a junkyard. It’s …

Why Cities Are Still So Segregated | Let’s Talk | NPR

Why Cities Are Still So Segregated | Let’s Talk | NPR

Chris Rock: You know what’s so sad, man? You know what’s wild? Martin Luther King stood for nonviolence. Now what’s Martin Luther King? A street. And I don’t give a f*** where you at in America, If you on Martin Luther King Boulevard there’s some …

Where Manhattan’s grid plan came from

At first, this looks like a perfectly normal map of New York City. You zoom in and there’s Broadway, and Bowery. But then you realize that the map is…wrong. Streets run diagonally and the map adds land beyond the edge of the island. That’s because …