5 facts you need to know about Lake Mead’s water crisis

The water level in Lake Mead has just dropped to an all-time low. As drought continues to afflict the American West, the dire situation at Lake Mead will affect Arizona, California, and Nevada. A video explores the growing crisis.

Baltimore’s new plantations

In the dynamics of race and the police in Baltimore, too little has changed since the days of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in the city for a decade as a slave.

Munich Museum: Acknowledging the City’s Nazi Past

The new Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism appears oddly misplaced in Munich’s neoclassical Königsplatz, where the Nazis once conducted lock-step parades. The architectural incongruity is intentional.

Renzo Piano’s Whitney

If MoMA is the Yankees, corporate and humorless in its over-popular midtown bastion, the Whitney is the Mets, the charming “Ya gotta believe!” ne’er-do-well of the museum world. The new Whitney, designed by Renzo Piano, is a compelling venue for the display of art.

May Day Protest at the Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum in New York closed to the public on May 1 after protesters unfurled a banner reading “Meet Workers’ Demands Now” in the building’s lobby. The action was spurred by labor practices at the museum’s Gehry-designed planned expansion in Abu Dhabi.

Prison Plantations

To understand the changes that American prisons underwent in the 20th century, there is no better visual archive than that of Bruce Jackson, a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and professor who secured the kind of access that journalists today can only dream of.

Border City Blues

As episodes of police violence and community response accumulate, it’s important to note their geography and history. The starkest confrontations — from Ferguson to Baltimore — have flared in urban settings along the Mason-Dixon Line.

The Biggest U.S. Housing Subsidy Is for the Rich

The mortgage interest tax deduction is the biggest housing subsidy offered by the U.S. government — and it’s higher income taxpayers who are more likely to use the deduction and to receive more benefit from it.

Feral Cities: Animals Going Urban

In his new book, Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle, Tristan Donovan takes us to the frontlines of places coping with a rise in urban wildlife, from wild boars in Berlin to boa constrictors in Miami.

From Ferguson to Baltimore: Government-Sponsored Segregation

In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate bought a home in a once all-white neighborhood. The city reacted by adopting a segregation ordinance. Thus began a century of policies that have quarantined blacks in isolated slums — policies that continue today.

The Ruins of Nepal

Photographs of the devastation wrought by the earthquake in Nepal, which has left the South Asian nation in need of almost everything — shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, and workers.

End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles?