Housing

1968 and the Invention of the American Police State

Baltimore's 1968 Holy Week Uprising was quite different from the events of this week. But the response to it helped set the stage for Freddie Gray.

Maps

After Nearly a Century, Redlining Still Divides Baltimore

A powerful new map of the city shows how its current poverty rates match up to racist mortgage policies of the past.

New Docu-Series Paints a Complicated Picture of Life in a Fracking Town

'BOOMTOWNERS' examines how American communities weather rapid transformation in the thick of an oil boom.

Next Economy

Damn the Developers?

Regular old home buyers are having a hard time finding places they can afford. Are investors to blame?

'I Don't Believe in Paying Rent'

One woman's off-the-grid living arrangement—in a yurt.

Photos

Hey, London Developers: Up Yours!

An artist's collection of "postcards" offers a grim and hilarious view of the hyper-developing city.

Rent Will Remain Too Damn High for the Foreseeable Future

Homeownership is on the decline, leading to a scramble for rentals.

The Temple That Survived Nepal's Earthquake Offers Lessons in Resilience

It wasn't a divine intervention that kept the ancient structure from being destroyed.

Photos

Kathmandu After the Earthquake

Rescue efforts continue in Nepal's capital.

How Urban Planning Failed Kathmandu

Haphazard urbanization and rampant building code violations in Nepal pushed up the earthquake death toll.

Celebrating New York Landmarks, Both Saved and Lost

An illuminating new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York focuses on the legacy of historic preservation.

A Startling Map of How Much Whiter San Francisco Will Be in 2040

While diversity in the outer Bay Area is rising, its core county is getting more homogenous.

Why City Noise Is a Serious Health Hazard

An audiologist explains why it's so much more than a mere annoyance.

When It Comes to Housing Affordability, Are Cities Like Seattle Doomed?

At their annual gathering this week, America's urban planners confronted a growing crisis in the country's most expensive cities.

Almost 90,000 New Yorkers Are Begging to Get in Through the 'Poor Door'

A controversial building has seen an extraordinary number of applicants for just 55 available affordable units.

Manhattan's Towering Income Inequality, in 2 Charts

The borough's top 20 percent's mean income is 43 times that of the bottom 20 percent of earners.

How Livable Will Your Neighborhood Be as You Age?

The AARP's new “livability index” grades communities on seven resource areas that aging Americans will need.

In Gentrifying Neighborhoods, 'Diversity' Can Be Decorative

Often, it's more a selling point than a social reality.