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Why Berlin Is Cracking Down on Condo Conversions

The city hopes to preserve a mix of social classes and slow down gentrification. But there's a risk the changes will encourage speculators to expand to new areas.

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When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.

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How Real-Estate Brokers Can Profit From Racial Tipping Points

A new paper looks at the science of a craven question: When does it make business sense to leverage racial fears?

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A Digital Collage of Broadway Made From Strips of Data

The interactive visualization blends social media images and open data from the iconic street.

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This Chart Tool Shows How City Centers Are Doing Better Than Inner Suburbs

A new report tracks demographic trends across 66 U.S. metro areas.

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How Suburbanization Was Sold

Early 1960s archival films reveal the origins of the idealized "American Dream."

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The Record-Setting Skyscrapers You've Never Heard Of: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

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A Painstaking New Study Reveals the Persistence of U.S. Racial Segregation

Racial segregation doubled between 1880 and 1940 all across the country, in rural areas as well as cities.

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This Start-Up Helps Freelancers Get Mortgages

Privlo wants to become the go-to lender for the self-employed and others whose incomes aren't tied to traditional jobs.

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How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

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Is YIMBYism the Next Big Single-Issue Political Platform?

One San Francisco mayoral candidate is making "Yes in My Back Yard" her mission statement.

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Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

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When Sex Means Survival for LGBTQ Teens

A new study reveals the reasons that LGBTQ teens find themselves pushed into the sex trade—and why the cycle is so hard to break.

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Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl?

Boomers and Millennials say they want to live in compact, walkable developments, but builders are putting their money into suburban McMansions.

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'Nobody My Age Can Afford to Stay Here Forever'

London billboards are sharing the stories of people moving both to and from the rapidly changing city. Some of them are quite painful to read.

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'Hotel 22': Silicon Valley's All-Night Rolling Homeless Shelter

Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo's new short offers an up-close look at how public buses help the homeless survive in one of America's wealthiest counties.

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Is Your Neighborhood Healthy for Children?

A new interactive tool rates neighborhoods on the "Child Opportunity Index"—a quality-of-life scale for young residents.

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An Oscars-Weekend Reminder to Be Good to Your Neighbors

Remembering the Academy Award-winning work of Norman McLaren, whose 1952 commentary on suburbia still resonates.