Housing

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What Do Americans Prioritize When Picking a Place to Live?

According to a new poll, economic mobility and diversity are key components of a good city or town.

This Award-Winning Micro-Housing Design Is Inspired by Bubble Tea

A new building of ultra-tiny apartments in Seoul will enforce neighborliness as residents navigate shared spaces "like the ambiguous gel around a tapioca pearl."

A Plan to Drastically Reduce New York's Poverty

A comprehensive package of assistance programs can lower the city's poverty rate by 69 percent.

I Was a 1906 New York Tenement Inspector for a Night

An immersive educational event at Manhattan's Tenement Museum brings attendees up close and personal with housing reform history.

Now More Than Ever, London Needs a 'Death Pyramid'

Why the city should revive a 19th-century plan for an uptown necropolis, population 5 million.

The Battle for L.A.'s Future May Depend on Skid Row: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Why Housing Is Key to Chattanooga's Tech-Hub Ambitions

With its superfast broadband, the city has reinvented itself. Now it must safeguard its future by building to sustain that growth.

How Renters Benefitted From the Housing Crisis

The mortgage-industry collapse led to a dramatic increase in single-family rental housing. What happens when buyers want these houses back?

This Police Brutality Map Shows 'Ferguson Is Everywhere'

The activists behind the project aimed for a comprehensive national snapshot of police violence.

How Gentrifiers Change the Definition of a Neighborhood

New research out of Philadelphia finds race to be the biggest predictor of how residents defined their changing communities.    

Why Berlin Is Cracking Down on Condo Conversions

The city hopes to preserve a mix of social classes and slow down gentrification. But there's a risk the changes will encourage speculators to expand to new areas.

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When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.

How Real-Estate Brokers Can Profit From Racial Tipping Points

A new paper looks at the science of a craven question: When does it make business sense to leverage racial fears?

A Digital Collage of Broadway Made From Strips of Data

The interactive visualization blends social media images and open data from the iconic street.

This Chart Tool Shows How City Centers Are Doing Better Than Inner Suburbs

A new report tracks demographic trends across 66 U.S. metro areas.

Videos

How Suburbanization Was Sold

Early 1960s archival films reveal the origins of the idealized "American Dream."

The Record-Setting Skyscrapers You've Never Heard Of: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.