Housing

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Surprise! The Rich Are Now Richer Than Everyone Else By the Widest Margin Since We Started Keeping Track

Wealth among high-income households is growing, while the middle-class is stuck in the 1990s.

Bestor Architecture

In Los Angeles, Density That Doesn't Overwhelm

With their new housing project, Blackbirds, an architect and developer strive for a sensitive way to build up a low-slung city.

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The Chinese Government Is Building Affordable Housing in Brooklyn

It's less about neighborhood altruism and more about Chinese property developers' drive to expand overseas.

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No One's Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification

A new study suggests there's a gap between how researchers think about gentrification and what journalists are telling the public.

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The Future of the American Trailer Park: 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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White Households Are Now 13 Times Richer Than Black Ones

The wealth gap between whites and blacks in the U.S. is the widest it's been in 30 years.

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In Southwest Chicago, Environmental Groups Must Also Grapple With a Sluggish Economy

After working together to shut down a pair of coal plants, three grassroots organizations no longer see exactly eye to eye on the best way forward for their community.

Reuters/Gene Blevins

Was Monday's Fire in Downtown L.A. an 'Architectural Hate Crime'?

The destroyed building was to be the latest mega-complex by a detested local developer.

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Why It's Cheaper to Buy a House in the Winter

"It's a bit like searching for bargains in a leftovers' sale," but the payoff can be big.

Urban Land Conservancy

Part Land Bank, Part Community-Focused Credit Line

Denver's Urban Land Conservancy aims to put transit-oriented development to work for the greater good.

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How to 'Live Slow' in the City That Never Stops

William Powers, author of New Slow City, rebels against America's obsession with stuff, long work hours, and quick fixes.

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What the World Doesn't Need Are Steampunk Luxury Condos

A new Manhattan development is geared towards rich, "creative" people who want all the glamor of the wretched 19th century, but also really nice hardwood floors.

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A Wider Wage Gap Means More African-American Deaths, but Not White Ones

A new study reveals race plays a surprisingly major role in the number of deaths that income inequality contributes to.

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Kim Stringfellow

The Last Homesteads of Wonder Valley, California

Remnants of a final wave of federal land grants, hundreds of 1950s "jackrabbit homesteads" still haunt a distant corner of the Mojave desert.

MIT SENSEable Lab/ Ericsson

What Can 'the Mystery' of Cell-Phone Data Tell Us About What a City Needs?

Tracking communication patterns can help city planners improve digital and other infrastructure by revealing the behaviors of residents.

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Why an Affluent Suburb Rallied Behind Affordable Housing

A church and an interfaith housing group got Edina, Minnesota, to back a new project for at-risk youth—although a few holdouts remain.

Georgia Perry

In Portland, a Contested Tent City Offers the 'Right 2 Dream Too'

R2D2 gives the city's homeless just a sleeping bag and a communal tent for the night. The homeless run it, too—allowing others to survive on the streets on their own terms.

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National Journal

How Silicon Valley Created America's Largest Homeless Camp

Welcome to "The Jungle," where casualties of Silicon Valley's last tech boom now find themselves struggling to survive.

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Sam Price-Waldman

The Pros and Cons of Living in a Treehouse

These are homes for the kid in all of us—and grown-ups looking at housing from different vantage point.