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Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

States Don't Understand African Hair Braiding. That Hurts These Small-Business Owners.

Many cosmetology schools don't teach hair braiding, and yet most states require African hair braiders to be licensed cosmetologists.

Silicon Valley Thinks It Has the Answer to Its Diversity Problem

Hiring managers continue to fall far short of diversity goals. Enter big data.

Is Bike Sharing for White Gentrifiers?

Meet the people working to make sure the answer to that question is no.

The Economic Recovery Hasn't Reached Minority Families

Fully 90 percent of U.S. families are still struggling to recover from the recession, according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Board.

A Tax Change Both Parties Can Support

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit  has been touted by President Obama, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

Why You Should Always Tip Your Waitress

A new analysis finds eliminating the "tipped minimum wage" would reduce poverty rates and narrow the wage gap. It's not happening anytime soon, but something incremental might.

Houston Confronts Racial Disparities as City's Economy Booms

In a preview of national trends, Houston's fastest growth is among lower-income, minority households.

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Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

States Don't Understand African Hair Braiding. That Hurts These Small-Business Owners.

Many cosmetology schools don't teach hair braiding, and yet most states require African hair braiders to be licensed cosmetologists.

Silicon Valley Thinks It Has the Answer to Its Diversity Problem

Hiring managers continue to fall far short of diversity goals. Enter big data.

Is Bike Sharing for White Gentrifiers?

Meet the people working to make sure the answer to that question is no.

The Economic Recovery Hasn't Reached Minority Families

Fully 90 percent of U.S. families are still struggling to recover from the recession, according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Board.

A Tax Change Both Parties Can Support

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit  has been touted by President Obama, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

Why You Should Always Tip Your Waitress

A new analysis finds eliminating the "tipped minimum wage" would reduce poverty rates and narrow the wage gap. It's not happening anytime soon, but something incremental might.

Houston Confronts Racial Disparities as City's Economy Booms

In a preview of national trends, Houston's fastest growth is among lower-income, minority households.

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.