Amine Ouazad

Mapping the Density of Baltimore's Vacant-Housing Crisis

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is currently occupied with issues of policing and crime. But the city’s massive housing problem is also an issue indivisible from justice.


A Push to Build a Playground for Syrian Refugee Children

The crowd-funded project would make a place in Lebanon where these displaced youths can be kids again.

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The G Word: Gentrification and Its Many Meanings

Changing neighborhoods may be a class issue, but in America, that means it’s also a racial one.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

The Failures and Merits of Place-Based Initiatives

Targeting select low-income communities for an infusion of resources isn’t the answer to the problem of urban poverty. But what is?

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San Francisco's Topless Protest Against Police Brutality

The #sayhername protest made a statement about how black, female bodies are treated in America.

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The Link Between Walkable Neighborhoods and Race

African Americans are far more likely to live in the San Francisco Bay Area’s least walkable neighborhoods. Why?

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What Urban Design Can Actually Do to Address Police Violence

Leaders in the field discuss what design can—and can’t—accomplish in the service of communities like Baltimore and Ferguson.

Bryan Bello

In D.C., Homeless Filmmakers Tell Stories from the Street

A local nonprofit is giving Washington’s homeless the tools to film their experiences.

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These 11 Cities Are Growing Faster Than San Francisco

The Sunbelt is where it’s at.

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San Francisco May Put a Moratorium on New Development in the Mission

It’s a misguided idea that would only exacerbate the city’s housing and displacement crisis.

Douglas Massey

America Has Half as Many Hypersegregated Metros as It Did in 1970

That’s the good news. The bad: U.S. cities aren’t necessarily more integrated.


The Deep Roots of America's Housing Affordability Crisis

A new analysis finds that what we see today is basically “the current manifestation of a long-run trend.”

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To Fix Baltimore, Start With the Kids

Mental health resources, affordable child care, and better police relations would go a long way toward improving the lives of disadvantaged youths.

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New York City Housing Authority

New York City's Public-Housing Crisis

Many of the city's enormous low-income residences are in need of millions and millions of dollars of repair work. Why are they still standing at all?

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When Parolees Spread Out, Recidivism Goes Down

The new findings suggest that place-based policy interventions deserve a closer look.

Reuters/Robert Galbraith

The Urban Housing Crunch Costs the U.S. Economy About $1.6 Trillion a Year

For the first time, economists have put a price tag on restrictive urban land use policies.

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Santa Monica Just Outlawed 80 Percent of Its Airbnb Rentals

One of the most aggressive moves yet in the online rental battle seems virtually impossible to enforce.

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San Francisco Says Airbnb Is Making Its Housing Crisis Worse

Between 925 and 1,960 housing units in the city are sitting vacant so they can be rented out through the service, says a new report.