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'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.

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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.

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Most Millennials Don't Live Downtown

They’re living in cities, but they’re also priced out of central areas.


Brutal Parodies of Amazon's 'Life in Seattle' Recruitment Video

One line: “I can't imagine what this place must have been like before all the new money, colorful condos, and Ferris wheels.”

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The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

Who attends America’s “high-poverty” public schools—and where.


How Today's Developers Maintain Jim Crow Housing Segregation

A private Brooklyn developer and a Louisiana public housing authority share the belief that racial division in housing has its plusses.


Housing Prices Are Up, But That's Not Necessarily Good News

Housing prices have seen a double-digit uptick in more than half of major U.S. metros. New construction, however, isn’t keeping up.


The Case for Giving Homes to the Homeless

It might seem obvious, but in lots of cities it's also proved quite effective.

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The High Cost of Residential Parking

Every time a new building includes space for cars, it passes those costs on to tenants.


Why Billionaires Don't Pay Property Taxes in New York

It’s the extreme end game of a tax code that shifts the burden from owners to renters, and from the wealthy to the poor.

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If Nepal Says It Has Too Many Health Workers, the World Should Listen

It's time for the international aid community to take stock of what the country really needs.

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Why New York Isn't Really as Dense as It Used to Be

A new report says city housing stock "has not kept pace with its growing population."

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How to Save Portland From Becoming the Next San Francisco

A local architect lays out a vision for a denser Portland—without a housing squeeze.