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Kuwait's Answer to Scarce Housing: More Villas, More Sprawl

The Persian Gulf nation is building five new cities on the outskirts of the capital to fulfill its promise of a house for every Kuwaiti family.

Brennan Linsley/AP

How Forests Become Refuges for Homeless People, and Why Locals Get Mad: 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 Urban Institute

Got an Affordable Housing Crisis? Save the Cheap Housing You Already Have.

Researchers at the Urban Institute make the case for preservation instead of construction.

Amy Harris/AP

No Prison for Big Freedia Over Housing Voucher Fraud

The New Orleans Bounce music legend has been caught in the crosshairs of the city’s complicated housing policies.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Why Millennials Aren't Buying Houses

Some are putting their careers before babies and homes. Others haven't left home in the first place.

Move Matter

Imagining an Affordable Live/Work Space for Foodies

The Institute for Public Architecture challenged architects to envision hybrid spaces that promote density, but not displacement.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Will D.C.'s Housing Ever Be Affordable Again?

Over the next decade, the city’s demographics will change dramatically, and housing policy will largely determine who gets to stay.

Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Why Vienna Does So Well on Quality-of-Life Rankings

A strong focus on green space plays a major role.

Erin Hale

Flipping Condos in Phnom Penh

When the real estate gold rush ends, the city’s heritage could be lost forever in the pursuit of short-term gains.

Bebeto Matthews/AP

Saving Langston Hughes's House in Harlem

A group of writers is raising $150,000 to save the poet’s home from becoming another condo or coffeeshop.

Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

Serving Supper in a Restaurant for Refugees: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Marc Ohren-Leclef

The Families Displaced by the Rio Olympics

The photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef documents the effects of forced evictions in the favelas.

Alana Semuels / The Atlantic

An Unsteady Future for New England's Suburbs

As people move to warmer climates and cities, small towns throughout the region are weathering decline.

Next America
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The Fine Line Between 'Safe Spaces' and Segregation

Schools want black students to feel welcome, but sometimes their attempts go awry.

Markus Schreiber/AP

The Importance of 'Arrival Cities'

Germany has taken in over a million refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers since August 2015. The ad hoc neighborhoods that will emerge out of this period are critical for integration.


Netflix's 'The Get Down' Shows What a Community Without Police Looks Like

The new six-part series is a testament to both the social limitations and successes of hip hop.  

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A Dying Brutalist Project, As Explained by Its Architects 45 Years Ago

East London’s Robin Hood Gardens, designed by Peter and Alison Smithson, were once the future of public housing.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Will Immigrants Today Assimilate Like Those of 100 Years Ago?

Two sociologists recently looked into whether the barriers facing people of color in the U.S. make it harder for most new arrivals to build wealth.


The Complex Process of Demolishing Belfast's 'Peace Walls'

Their removal will certainly be a step in the right direction, but the reality on the ground is far from simple.