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When Neighborhoods Gentrify, Why Don't Their Public Schools Improve?

“Gentrification, it turns out, usually stops at the schoolhouse door,” the reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones has argued.

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Mapping San Francisco’s Sidewalk Pooping Problem

Watch your step.

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Is Detroit Really Rebounding?

In some parts of the stricken city, the turnaround is here. Other parts are still waiting.

A Google Street View for Gorgeous Painted Landscapes

The “Mobile Cyclorama” app pays digital homage to the art of panoramas.


Flipping Levittown

Meet the realty company that buys houses from struggling homeowners in one of America's first mass-produced suburbs.

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L.A.'s New 'Energy Atlas' Maps Who Sucks the Most Off the Grid

Patterns of consumption fall along class lines in the nation’s most populous county.

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New York City Apartments Are Getting Even More Crowded

Residents are packed like sardines, a new report by the city comptroller’s office says.

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'They Are Coming for Our Neighborhoods'

Why Boulder is taking pre-emptive measures against density, zoning changes, and affordable housing. Bad ones.

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Housing Boom, Schooling Bust

Why does a strong real-estate market push people to forgo getting an education?

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March of the Young White People

America’s largest cities saw big gains in their white population from 2010 to 2014—with Millennials leading the way.

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America's Punniest Businesses, Mapped: 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 Nursing Home That's Also a Dorm

More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone.

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Ikea's Possible Solution to Shrinking Apartments: Movable Walls

Just conjure up a bedroom at night, and then make it disappear.

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Before California's Drought, a Century of Disparity

In the San Joaquin Valley, a legacy of shortsighted land-use planning has intensified the water crisis for poor residents.


Pulsating Noise Maps of Seattle, New York, and San Francisco

Trulia tracks five years of noise complaints in the three big cities.

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Raucous Frogs That Brought Down Property Values in Hawaii Move to L.A.

Who wouldn't welcome the incredibly loud, high-pitched, nighttime mating call of the coqui?

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'Preempting' the Rights of North Carolina Cities to Govern Themselves

The state’s legislature is considering a bill that would seize the authority of local governments on fair housing, wages, and even traffic laws.

Riccardo Schirinz

Surreal Mash-Ups of Daily Life

An Italian Instagrammer creates fantasy out of reality.