Housing

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The Foreclosure King Faces His Critics

Steven Mnuchin, the president-elect’s nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, facilitated tens of thousands of foreclosures as chairman of OneWest. Where does he stand on homeowner protections?

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The Detroit Start-Up Helping Women Craft a Path Out of Homelessness

How a nonprofit and a small jewelry company team up to help homeless women get back on their feet.

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X-Ray Your City's Street Network, With a Bit of Code

A new open-source tool lets users compare the structure of cities around the world.

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Amsterdam's New Housing Frontier: The Unused Space Above Stores

The city is offering up to $26,000 to store owners to convert empty rooms into homes.

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Super Mario Just Moved to NYC

In the video game ‘Super Mario Odyssey,’ he’s ready to leap around the Big Mushroom.

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The Hidden Fences of August Wilson's Birthplace

The structures both define and devalue a fabled Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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Does Ben Carson Believe in HUD?

During a brief and jocular confirmation hearing, the retired neurosurgeon gave few answers that suggested he believes in a strong, affirmative role for the department he’s been selected to lead.

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Giving Cities Room to Experiment and Innovate

The latest round of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program encourages cities to find solutions based on data analysis and a human-centered approach.

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In Divided Denver, a Highway Promises Reconnection

In working-class north Denver, a $1.2 billion cut-and-cover project may transform the neighborhood that the highway once isolated. But some residents fear they'll be left behind.

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The Guatemalan Towns Plastered With Icons of America

When workers emigrate to the U.S., the regions they leave behind often adopt identities that straddle borders.

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The 5 Kinds of Cities We'll See in the Populist Era

Will your city go into triage mode, double down on progressive policies, or flex its financial muscle in 2017?

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'The Border Is a Way of Reinforcing Antagonism That Doesn't Exist'

Architect Teddy Cruz and political scientist Fonna Forman want to turn the line between the U.S. and Mexico into a site for creative problem solving.

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How Does One Undam?

A trip back to Sheffield, Alabama, is filled with reminders that boundaries aren't just physical.

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The High Cost of Closed Borders

Where immigrant populations live tells us a lot about how they improve the U.S. economy.

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Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye

The city is overhauling its archaic zoning regulations, but does the move help its citizens as much as it helps developers?

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Why School Districts Are Operating as Landlords

Rising housing costs in Colorado are making it hard for teachers to stay in the area, so officials are moving in to help.

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Why It's a Good Year to Be a Renter: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the past seven days.

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In Job Training, a Little Support Can Go a Long Way

Help with navigating everyday challenges—like housing, transportation, and child care—can be key to completing job training, a new report finds.

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Turning a Suburban Architectural Experiment Into a Community Hub

Just north of Paris, Julien Beller’s Le 6B collective in St. Denis has given new life to a formerly abandoned building and its blue-collar neighborhood.