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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