about

Emily Badger is a writer in Washington, D.C., where she covers national urban policy for The Washington Post. She writes frequently about urban planning, housing, transportation, poverty and inequality -- and why we can't talk about any of these topics without mentioning the others as well. She's particularly interested in how technology will change the way we move around cities, why the design of cities matters for the economic mobility for the people who live there, and what it will mean for all of us to live in an increasingly urban world. In the past, she's also been interested in cul-de-sacs, roadside rest area culture, soft-spoken senators and flying drones. And every now and then, she gets away with writing essays (in which case, she particularly appreciates that when really bad things happen to her, it gives her something to write about).

Emily grew up in and loves Chicago, where she first learned to think about architecture, inequality and the value of public transit. She has also lived for various stretches in Portland, Cleveland, Orlando, Tallahassee, Paris, Norfolk and Atlanta. Along the way, she got a bachelor's in journalism from Northwestern and a master's in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.

For someone who spends a lot of time writing about cities, Emily tries to get as far away from them as possible when she’s not working. She loves to camp and hike and has, on the rare occasion, found an excuse to write about that, too.

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  • My soul is screaming this morning that the red line is broken AGAIN.July 2nd at 11:31am
  • "Seattle in danger of becoming the Soviet Warsaw or East Berlin of the Pacific Northwest, said angry homeowners..." http://t.co/PeSoK3gcpJJune 30th at 6:12pm
  • Interesting @smotus argument that SCOTUS rulings allow the GOP to move past damaging positions on ACA, gay marriage: http://t.co/EXlKTW7bC9June 30th at 6:02pm
  • New study says nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults owns a gun: http://t.co/1s0VZ3KwuGJune 30th at 2:50pm