Housing

The Real Role of Land Values in the United States

Just 6 percent of U.S. land is developed. That matters when we talk about affordability.

Where Minority Populations Have Become the Majority

A Pew map shows that, between 2000 and 2013, whites became the minority in 78 U.S. counties.

The Troublesome Connection Between City Trees and Income Inequality

A new study finds a strong correlation between income level and canopy cover. But the solution involves more than just planting additional trees.

An Interactive Map of Shakespeare's London

The project brings 16th century London into the present.  

Why a Seattle Suburb Legally Defined What a 'Family' Is

A new zoning code in Bellevue will allow "single-housekeeping units" in single-family homes, but no student boarders.

Maps

Every UFO Sighting Since 1933, Mapped

This animated data viz reveals that aliens don't shy away from cities.

What Growing Up in a Segregated L.A. Neighborhood Means to Young Latinos

New research examines how second-generation immigrants assimilate into rough urban environments.

Who Wants to Move vs. Who Ends Up Actually Moving

A new analysis from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that nearly 10 percent of Americans want to move. But those of us who want to change locations and those of us who end up doing it are often not the same.

Photos

A Portrait of Cairo Through Its Discarded Street Chairs

Two artists tell the story of the Egyptian capital and its residents through photos of rickety old sidewalk chairs.

The Legacy of a Chicago Suburb's Failed Fight for School Desegregation

Writer Mary Barr tells Chicago magazine how her hometown lost the battle for racial integration.

Photos

Photographing the Beginning of the End of 'Old San Francisco'

Janet Delaney's "South of Market" series documents an early wave of the city's transformation—in the 1970s.

CityFixer

A Case Study in Flawed Street Design

The New Urbanist neighborhood of Stapleton, Colorado, suffers from compromised planning standards.

What Have We Learned From 30 Years of 'Aging in Place'?

A new study on "naturally occurring retirement communities" shows that cities must adapt to and support the needs of elders for them to thrive.

Videos

A Time-Lapse of San Francisco That Feels As Epic As a Major Motion Picture

"Gotham City SF" is a brooding, dramatically scored montage of Bay life.

Another Reason to Promote Social Equity in U.S. Metros: Job Growth

In case public officials needed extra motivation.

This 19th Century 'Stench Map' Shows How Smells Reshaped New York City

Malodorous industries moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, shifting the industrial landscape.

Americans Love Big Hot Suburbs

The neighborhoods outside of sunny metro areas are gobbling up the country, just like they were before the Great Recession.

Next Economy

The City That Believed in Desegregation

Integration isn't easy, but Louisville, Kentucky, has decided that it's worth it.