Housing

NYC Wants to Convert a Former Youth Jail into Housing

The city is looking for backers to convert a former roach-infested youth jail into a mixed-use affordable housing complex.

No More 'Poor Doors' in NYC

A new provision will prohibit separate entrances in apartment buildings with units for low-income and market-rate tenants.

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How Seattle Is Reclaiming Its Waterfront From an Elevated Urban Highway

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming down, and a vast new park system is coming up.

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Wealth Doesn't Trickle Down, But the Effects of Housing Discrimination Do

From 1990 to 2010, wealth has accumulated in ever-richer neighborhoods, thanks in part to exclusionary housing practices.

How Much Are You Willing to Pay to Live in America’s Best Neighborhoods?

A new, expansive index measures and maps the quality of life for 2,000 U.S. neighborhoods.

It's Mostly White People Who Prefer to Live in Segregated Neighborhoods

The idea that many Americans “voluntarily” choose to self-segregate by race is highly misleading.

What the Supreme Court's 'Disparate Impact' Decision Means for the Future of Fair Housing

The surprising 5-4 decision affirms the original intent of the 50-year-old Fair Housing Act: that implicit discrimination is as destructive as explicit discrimination.

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Where Europeans Spend the Most on Rent, Mapped

Renters in the U.K. spend the most in absolute terms and as a proportion of their average income.

U.S. Homeownership Is at Its Lowest Rate Since 1993

The latest State of the Nation’s Housing report reveals some troubling trends for buyers.

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How Housing Policy Is Failing America's Poor

Section 8 was intended to help people escape poverty, but instead it’s trapping them in it.

The 'Great Migration' Was About Racial Terror, Not Jobs

“The North and the Congress basically gave up on equality for African Americans, and that set us on a course that we have not yet recovered from.”

New York Is a City of Renters at Every Stage of Life

The American Dream trajectory of renting while young and owning a home later doesn’t quite apply in NYC.

How Millennials Are Reviving Cleveland

The downtown population is at an all-time high, and young workers are leading the way.

How Can We Understand the Charleston Shootings? With This Syllabus

A group of professors have created the #Charlestonsyllabus to illustrate the histories of faith, race, and violence that collided in a mass murder.

Just in Time for Juneteenth: A Mapping Tool That Makes It Easier to Spot Environmental Justice

The EPA's new EJSCREEN layers demographic and environmental information into a single index.

Let This Delightful Mailman Guide You Through Detroit's Racial Divide

The postal route of Wendell Watkins is ground zero for redevelopment, and perhaps displacement.

Has America Given Up on the Dream of Racial Integration?

Across the country, communities are starkly divided, with African Americans living in one section and whites living in another, and a lot of people seem to be okay with that.

Black Charleston Residents Were Targeted Well Before the Tragic Shootings

“You have to go,” the alleged killer reportedly said to black church members. That’s not the first time they’ve heard that.

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Every Single County in America Is Facing an Affordable Housing Crisis

A new report reveals that zero counties in the U.S. have enough housing for families in extreme poverty.