Happiness

How America’s “Worst Walking City” Got Back on its Feet
by Jay Walljasper
When Oklahoma City was named the least walkable city in America, residents approved an $18 million sidewalk improvement project to help their community get moving.
Craft Beer vs. Budweiser: How Small Brewers Are Winning Back the Neighborhood
by A.C. Shilton
Good beer comes from collaboration, not competition. By working together, small brewers everywhere are giving corporations a run for their money.
The Untold History of Female Friendship
by Rachel Vorona Cote
To get an honest picture of female friendship, we must look beyond the familiar whitewashed stories in Western history and literature.
How to Make Friends in the City: Grow Vegetables Together
by Jasleena Grewal
We asked this East Londoner how a pop-up garden brought his neighborhood together and made friends out of strangers.
Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Well-Intentioned People
by Cody Charles
Common mistakes made in social justice conversations and how to correct them.
The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America
by Marcus Harrison Green
In Chicago, low-income kids don’t usually have the opportunity to travel outside their own neighborhoods. My Block, My Hood, My City is changing that.
Why Massive Snowstorms and Stranded Cars Make Us So Happy
by Colin Beavan
With cars stuck under mounds of snow, city streets become safe public spaces for people. So why wait for a blizzard?
Does Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter Activist Have a Shot at Becoming Mayor?
by Yessenia Funes
Activists turned politicians are nothing new. Just look at Bernie Sanders.
In Photos: 50 Years in a Housing Project Through the Eyes of Kids Who Lived There
by Alexa Mills
Thanks to Polaroid and a basement arts center, the kids of Newtowne Court have built a photographic monument to their neighborhood since the 1960s.
Cancel Black History Month? Watch Kids Respond to Fox News’ Latest
by YES! Staff
Here’s what happened when a group of kids heard what Stacey Dash said about Black History Month.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison Green
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
Girl Power in West Africa Comes From Tradition—and Wrestling
by Lindsey Weedston
Female wrestling champion Isabelle Sambou is inspiring a new generation of girls to compete in a sport long dominated by men.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk Carapezza
In New England, a community program matches college-savvy parents with first-generation college-bound students to help them navigate the overwhelming application process.
6 Cities Designing for Health
by Anna Clark
From Detroit to Edinburgh, these cities are helping residents live more healthful and equitable lives.