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America's Punniest Businesses, Mapped: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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


The Nursing Home That's Also a Dorm

More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone.

Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

Ikea's Possible Solution to Shrinking Apartments: Movable Walls

Just conjure up a bedroom at night, and then make it disappear.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Before California's Drought, a Century of Disparity

In the San Joaquin Valley, a legacy of shortsighted land-use planning has intensified the water crisis for poor residents.


Pulsating Noise Maps of Seattle, New York, and San Francisco

Trulia tracks five years of noise complaints in the three big cities.

AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo

Raucous Frogs That Brought Down Property Values in Hawaii Move to L.A.

Who wouldn't welcome the incredibly loud, high-pitched, nighttime mating call of the coqui?

Jimmy Emerson/Flickr

'Preempting' the Rights of North Carolina Cities to Govern Themselves

The state’s legislature is considering a bill that would seize the authority of local governments on fair housing, wages, and even traffic laws.

Riccardo Schirinz

Surreal Mash-Ups of Daily Life

An Italian Instagrammer creates fantasy out of reality.

U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Mapping America's Unprecedented Vulnerability to Wildfires

The U.S. forest service has plotted where human development comes dangerously close to nature.

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5 Examples of How Housing Background Checks Reveal Systematic Discrimination

A new audit out of New Orleans shows that, for people with criminal records seeking housing, success really depends on your skin color.   

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Redlining is Alive and Well—and Evolving

Nine recent, high-profile cases show the discriminatory practice of redlining is not a thing of the past. It’s even spread to your Facebook account.

Youth Radio/West Side Stories

A Youth-Driven Interactive Map of Rapidly Changing West Oakland

West Side Stories is a primer for newcomers and a forum for longtime residents.

Reuters/ Nir Elias

China's Eco-Cities That Never Were: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

How Global Warming Makes Overcrowded Prisons Even More Dangerous

As the world’s climate heats up, so do unconstitutional (and deadly) conditions in prisons.


I'm Obsessed With San Francisco's Bunk-Bed Craigslist Ads

The horror show that is acceptable SF living speaks to the real effects of the city’s extreme housing shortage.

AP Photo//Eric Gay

The Harrowing Conditions of U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers

A new government report details the rights violations in government-run and private facilities.

AP/Jae C. Hong

One Thing HUD Can Do To Save Trailer Parks

If the agency required localities to provide data on mobile home parks and their closing, scholars could begin to understand “the social and spacial pressures that under-gird them."

Library of Congress

Victimhood Language and the Fight Against Affordable Housing

Communities actively working against affordable housing are being disingenuous—and setting themselves up for a legal fall.

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

In L.A., Homeless Advocates Are Unimpressed With Their City's 'State of Emergency'

"Right now we have a Hollywood moment.”