Housing

Want to Boost Housing Values? Build a Walmart

Walmart offers low prices for retail goods—and a bump in the prices of nearby homes.

The Next Housing Crisis May Be Sooner Than You Think

How we could fall into another housing crisis before we've fully pulled out of the 2008 one.

How Can the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Help Cities Prepare for Disasters?

A new visualization tool tells city planners and emergency personnel which buildings would be at risk during a catastrophic event.

The Mayor of Phoenix Talks About Better Transit in a Car-Reliant City

Greg Stanton on bikeability, road diets, and transit's key role in economic success. (Oh, and the Super Bowl.)

Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing.

Is Vandalism Ever the Answer to Noisy Neighbors?

If you choose to live above a noisy bar but hate noise, is cutting its cable feed to tone things down OK?

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Exploring Mussolini's Secret Bunkers

The city-owned Villa Torlonia will now offer tours inside the former dictator's hideouts.

How Many Houses Can You Buy in Other Cities for the Price of One in Silicon Valley?

Abandon the tech hub for Youngstown, Ohio, and you could find yourself with 11 homes for the price of one.

Standing Up for the Vietnamese Community of New Orleans

Minh Nguyen campaigned for environmental justice in his community after Katrina. In the years since, he and his group VAYLA have expanded their mission.

Drawing Attention to Chicago's Anti-Homeless Measures With 'Compartment 13'

Chicago has constructed sloped barriers beneath the Kedzie Underpass to force out Lazarus Alcazar and other homeless men and women. This comic tells his story.

Solving the Global Housing Crisis

Some 330 million urban households worldwide are financially stretched by housing costs.

Trailer Parks: An Underdog Solution to the Housing Crisis

Factory-made homes are a cheap and energy-efficient way for lower-income Americans to become homeowners. And these days, units can be pretty spiffy.

Why Do People Move: Jobs or Housing?

A new study finds a close connection between the two.

Oakland Can Now Order Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

A revised city ordinance claims to protect tenants from "nuisance" and crime. But it opens a suspiciously short and strategic path to evicting sex workers with little evidence, notice, or recourse.  

The French Invented the Apartment

Two New York architects enamored with Parisian flats convinced Rutherford Stuyvesant to build New York's first apartment building in the late 1860s.

Boulder, Colorado, Has More Toilets Than People

A new and vital analysis from the real estate company Redfin ranks U.S. cities by toilet availability.

One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes

Many families could stay put for just a few hundred dollars—if only they knew how to work the system.

Can the Homeless Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

There are more than 16,000 vacant homes in the city. Are they the solution to the long-standing housing crisis?