Housing

An Alarming Number of D.C. Kids Suffer 'Linguistic Isolation'

Living in a household where adults don't speak much English has economic and academic consequences for children.

Why D.C. Better Hope It Wins the U.S. Olympic Bid

The city is already sticking itself with the worst downsides of hosting the games. At least this way, it would be forced to make crucial improvements.

Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Next Economy

Why the Poor Are Struggling in America's Suburbs

The 'burbs are home to an increasing number of poor families. But it may prove more difficult to make it there than in cities.

Videos

How to Build an Igloo

The National Film Board of Canada digs up an old video that makes the current wintry East Coast weather seem downright tropical.

The Future of London at Peak Population

The U.K. capital is set to break its population record. Is the city doing enough to prepare?

Meet the Man Trying to Fix L.A.'s Zoning

Tom Rothmann is charged with streamlining a crazy-quilt zoning code that dates back to 1946. It won't be easy.

In Germany, Renters' Rights Trump Guest Bathrooms

As the country follows France with hardline protections for lower-income renters, new laws prohibit some property upgrades. And for many Germans, that's just fine.  

Can the 'Godfather' of New Louisville Revive One More Neighborhood?

Gill Holland pulled off a stunning success in Louisville's East Market area. Now he wants to do it again, across town in Portland.

How Hard Will New Home-Loan Limits Hit Veterans?

Congress put a limit on a popular and successful VA home loan program. Here's what that means for military home-buyers.

How Rovaniemi, Finland Became the 'Official Hometown' of Santa Claus

It was a calculated business decision.

How the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness Begins—and Ends

Untreated mental illness, addiction, and childhood trauma can spin a life out of control. This is a story about taking it back.

The Intense Competition to Be the World's Most Decorated House

This year, winning took 601,736 lights.

Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming 'Ghettos for the Rich'

The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen.

Surprise! The Rich Are Now Richer Than Everyone Else By the Widest Margin Since We Started Keeping Track

Wealth among high-income households is growing, while the middle-class is stuck in the 1990s.

In Los Angeles, Density That Doesn't Overwhelm

With their new housing project, Blackbirds, an architect and developer strive for a sensitive way to build up a low-slung city.

The Chinese Government Is Building Affordable Housing in Brooklyn

It's less about neighborhood altruism and more about Chinese property developers' drive to expand overseas.

No One's Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification

A new study suggests there's a gap between how researchers think about gentrification and what journalists are telling the public.