Housing

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Toward a Stronger Theory of NIMBYism

A more sound understanding of local obstructionism could be the first step to diminishing it.

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The Long, Ugly History of the Politics of Lead Poisoning

Or, why the longest-lasting childhood epidemic in U.S. history wasn’t ever treated like one.

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Rating Europe's Most and Least Happy Cities

Start packing your bags for Oslo.

Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram & Pauline Jennings / PolyPEDAL Lab / UC Berkeley

Why You Can't Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home

The insects are miniature transformers that can compress to half their size and still run really fast.

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Can a Game Help Build Affordable Housing?

To break through gridlock on fair housing, officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic.

Mairie de Paris

A High-Stakes Contest to 'Reinvent' Paris Fails to Impress

At least one local newspaper is questioning the city’s influence over a major architectural design competition.

NASA

Mumbai's Massive Trash Fire Highlights Its Inequality

The city’s most privileged residents are largely shielded from the environmental hazards that plague those living on the outskirts.

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Living Among the Dead in San Francisco's 'City of Souls': Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Natacha Pisarenko / AP

Why Gated Communities Are Still Booming in Buenos Aires

Pricey downtown real estate and safety concerns are among the factors.

Robert Kosara/EagerEyes.org

Mapping Countries By Connecting Postal Codes

The U.S. “Scribble Map” links every ZIP code in ascending order.

William Hong / Reuters

Making China's Urban Fringes More Livable

New initiatives in Jiaxing and Shenzhen offer alternatives to top-down, centralized planning.

Flickr/Moyan Brenn

Rome's 'Rentopolis' Scandal: City-Owned Apartments for $1 a Year

An official investigation is asking why so many tenants are paying super low rents, but it seems like dysfunction and corruption on a grand scale.

Hoodline

San Franciscans Protest the Super Bowl With a Homeless-Themed Tent City

The activists want officials to spend football funds on poverty instead.

Google Fiber

High-Speed Internet Launches in Kansas City Public Housing

And soon maybe expand across the U.S. thanks to a partnership between Google Fiber and HUD.

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Jay Patani

London's Suburban Real Estate Prices Are Skyrocketing

But in Central London, home values might have hit their peak.

Matt Slocum/AP

Texas Refuses to Follow Fair Housing Rules

Despite a landmark Supreme Court decision, state leaders are still finding ways to oppose low-income housing.

Michael Wolf

The Hidden Ingenuity of Hong Kong's Cramped Back Alleys

When there isn’t enough private space, locals make creative use of tucked-away public places.

Stéphane Malka Architecture

Rooftop 'Parasite' Homes Could be the Future of Affordable Housing in Paris

No, really.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Are Poor Neighborhoods Worse for Boys Than Girls?

A new analysis of social mobility by economist Raj Chetty reveals how childhood environment impacts adult gender gaps.