The bicycle and the ride to modern America

In addi­tion to air-​​​​filled rubber tires, we can thank the bicycle for essen­tial tech­nolo­gies like ball bear­ings, orig­i­nally devised to reduce fric­tion in the bicycle’s axle and steering column; for […]

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Art in public spaces

THOMAS STARR Boston The writer is a pro­fessor of graphic design at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Regarding “public art,” one must first define “art.” And who are the arbiters? Your “beauty” may […]

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Racial penalties in Baltimore mortgages

The research, by the soci­ol­o­gists Jacob Rugh, Len Albright and Dou­glas Massey, focuses on 3,027 loans made in Bal­ti­more from 2000 to 2008 by Wells Fargo, which in 2012 agreed […]

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When a gun is not a gun

The Jus­tice Depart­ment recently ana­lyzed eight years of shoot­ings by Philadel­phia police offi­cers. Its report con­tained two sobering sta­tis­tics: Fif­teen per­cent of those shot were unarmed; and in half of […]

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