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The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America

It’s known as a modern-day hub of progressivism, but its past is one of exclusion.  

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Why Democrats and Republicans Need to Talk About Affordable Housing

The lack of affordable housing in the U.S. should be a top priority for any incoming administration. Where’s the discussion?

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When the Midwest Runs Dry: 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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Why Austrians Are Taking Their Wackiest Architect Seriously After His Death

Behind the almost child-like designs, Friedensreich Hundertwasser wanted to recover the “dignity of man” which had “been violated in our unnatural and hostile urban grid system.”

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Do Parts of the Rust Belt 'Need to Die Off'?

Texas A&M's Galen Newman argues that some of America's struggling cities should embrace—and plan around—their decline.

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Connecting Health Services With Affordable Housing

With seniors and disabled people increasingly relying on rental assistance, integrated care programs need to be prioritized.

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How Prosecutors Buried Tamir Rice: 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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The Roots of Hong Kong's Identity Are in Its Back Alleys

These so-called “in-between” spaces often hold decades-old shops that have borne witness to the city’s urbanization.

"Section 581" by SITU Studio, Photograph by Patrick Mandeville

An Art Installation Visualizes the Boggling Tax Disparities Along Central Park

As part of a show at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, SITU Studio dives deep into the inequity of New York City property taxes.

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Police Ask Cleveland's Homeless to Watch Out for Unfamilar Faces During the RNC

Officers have visited at least two encampments in the city, asking residents to be on the lookout for outsiders.

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Why Copenhagen Residents Want to Live on Urban Gardens

High rents are driving some Danes to not-quite-legal cabins and cottages.

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San Diego's Controversial Push to Hide Its Homeless Before the All-Star Game

The city is expecting its biggest month of tourism ever but efforts to tidy up in time have angered advocates for the most vulnerable locals.

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The City That Embraced Its Decline

Once considered the fastest-shrinking city in America, Youngstown, Ohio, decided it would stop trying return to its former glory. Here’s what happened.

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Mapping How People Move Across the World

When it comes to migration, there’s a politically significant gap between public perception and reality.

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The Shrinking of the American Lawn

As houses have gotten bigger, yard sizes have receded. What gives?

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The Limits of Chicago's Back-to-the-City Movement

Although the city has gained some young, educated white residents, it continues to lose minorities and families with children to the suburbs.

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Home Sweet Home for LGBT Seniors

Elderly LGBT individuals often have trouble finding affordable housing. Two new buildings in New York City could change that.

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One More Threat to San Francisco's Homeless: San Francisco Voters

A ballot measure is no way to try to solve a problem as complicated as homelessness.

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Could Supervised Injections Help San Francisco's Homeless Drug Users?

Cities across the U.S. are pondering legalized, sterile street-drug injection sites to fight the overdose epidemic.