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Why Homeless Kids Can't Get to School

Antiquated procedures and limited resources prevent many homeless children from having a stable education experience.

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A Complex Portrait of Rural America

New Census data show that the real differences between the city and the country may not match up with popular perception.

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A Path Toward Protecting DIY Spaces

In the aftermath of a warehouse fire in Oakland, artists nationwide aim to keep their buildings open and secure.

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Are the Suburbs Really Back?

The Wall Street Journal claims population growth in the U.S. suburbs is “outstripping” cities. That’s not exactly the case.

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After a Tragedy, Reckoning With Oakland's Affordability Crisis

A devastating warehouse fire has made it clear that the city has failed to support its artist community.

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The Meaning of Home in an Uprooted World: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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


How a Texas Town Is Overhauling Disaster Relief

In Brownsville, a program called RAPIDO places innovative housing design at the center of community resilience.

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It's Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a Health Expert Lead HUD, Though

Maybe Dr. Ben Carson is not the best choice for HUD secretary, but the link between housing and health makes a medical professional a good pick for this Cabinet position.

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Now London and Amsterdam Are Capping Airbnb Apartment Rentals

Airbnb is on board — but will it really change anything?


The City With the World's Toughest Anti-Airbnb Laws

Months after passing tight restrictions, Berlin still has plenty of vacation apartments available. But the tide could be turning.


São Paulo Scores Grand Prize in Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

The Brazilian megacity triumphed over urban innovation projects from Colombia, Chile, and Mexico to take home top honors from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Not All Kids Benefit From Subsidized Housing

Children who are already flourishing get an educational boost, but those who’re struggling fare worse than peers in non-assisted housing, a new study finds.

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Can the Sharing Economy Root Out Racism?

The algorithms that power the online marketplace just reflect the racial discrimination found in society itself.

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In D.C., White Families Are on Average 81 Times Richer Than Black Ones

Other major cities aren’t much better.

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Imagining the Housing of the Future: 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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Ben Carson for HUD Secretary, Why?

He has no housing experience and has said he’s not up to the job. President-elect Trump could do a lot better.


Why Park Designers Need to Think More About Mental Health

One Toronto neighborhood serves as an example of the limitations in drawing links between happier residents and the amount of green space they have access to.

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Americans Aren't as Mobile as You Think: 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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Nationwide, Homelessness Plunged Under Obama

Veteran homelessness in particular could soon be a thing of the past, unless the Trump administration and Republican Congress reverse course.