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Americans Once Blamed Suburbs for Their Illnesses: 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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Finding Humanity in a Burning South Bronx

Intentional neglect of the neighborhood reduced it to rubble in the 1970s and 1980s. Mel Rosenthal photographed those who lived through it.

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Federal Help for Poor Families With Children Is Evaporating

The deepening affordability crisis is hitting the most vulnerable the hardest: very poor families with children.

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U.K. Predicts a Population Boom in London

Over 1 million new Londoners will arrive within a decade—while some northern cities shrink.

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The Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment Is Rising

A new report maps how much the average American has to earn to comfortably afford a modest rental in every U.S. state.

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Should Landlords Be Licensed?

Toronto is considering an experiment that would give landlords and apartment buildings restaurant-style grades.

Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Dublin Property Boom and Its Disappearing Artists

“Up to a few years ago we literally had a surplus of suitable buildings in the city, but now rents have doubled, if not tripled.”

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Is FOMO Driving Your Housing Decisions?

People who are favoriting their friends’ smart housing purchases are more likely to make their own.

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Why 2014 Marked a Historic Shift in Housing Arrangements

For the first time since the 1880s, more young Americans are living with their parents than with a romantic partner.


Life in an Almost-Ghost Town in the California Desert

Darwin has 35 residents, one mountain spring, and an uncertain future.  

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Gentrification Is Not Philly's Biggest Problem

It’s actually economic decline, a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds.

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#AirBnBWhileBlack and the Legacy of Brown vs. Board

The current ruffle over AirBnB shows civil rights laws and court victories haven’t fully flushed Jim Crow blood from America’s veins.


Paris Rents, Mapped by Metro Station

Want something cheap(er)? Then go east.

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The Artist Loft: Affordable Housing for White People?

Does this type of tax-subsidized apartment perpetuate segregation?


Mapping the Incredible Spread of Million-Dollar Homes Across San Francisco

96 percent of homes in the city’s Westwood Park neighborhood cost $1 million or more.

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Mapping America's 'Disappearing West'

A new project examines how natural expanses in 11 Western U.S. states are being lost to urban and agricultural activity.

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Suburbs, the New Chinatowns

Today’s Chinese immigrants are making their homes outside cities. So what will become of the tight-knit urban communities that previous generations built?

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This Housing-Auction Startup Thinks San Francisco Rents Are Too Cheap

Instead of a traditional application process, a startup called Rentberry wants potential tenants to bid on apartments, eBay style.

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Can Portland Avoid Repeating San Francisco's Mistakes?

The city is facing a housing crisis, but despite its progressive reputation, it’s done little to ensure affordability for longtime residents.