Housing

The Persistent Geography of Disadvantage

NYU sociologist Patrick Sharkey takes a hard look at why racial inequality in so many American neighborhoods spans generations.

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Poverty Hurts Kids More Than Being Born to Moms on Cocaine

The conclusion to a long-running study of "crack babies" in Philadelphia.

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How Keeping Track of Slumlords Became One Baltimore Woman's Full-Time Job

Carol Ott spends her days publicly shaming bad property owners, despite hate mail and death threats.

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Is It Time to Bring Back the Boarding House?

Housing models that have long been banned in American cities could help make them affordable again.

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Is There Really an Upside to Manhattan's Unaffordability?

A provocative argument on Bloomberg's legacy.

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Map: Oysters, Reefs, and Swamps Protect Billions' Worth of Real Estate—For Free

Natural coastal ecosystems are protecting twice as much coastline and 1.4 million people from climate risks. 

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The Unsettling Link Between Sprawl and Suicide

New research finds that as population density decreases, the suicide rate among young people goes up.

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New Rent Laws Aim to Keep Paris From Becoming Only for the Rich

France looks set to implement a series of groundbreaking laws designed to induce landlords to rent to a wider variety of income levels.

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Why We Need to Treat America's Poorest Neighborhoods Like Developing Countries

Life expectancy can vary as much as 25 years within some cities. And our current solutions are barely having an impact.

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The Insane, True Costs of Raising a Family in America's Major Metros

Why the federal poverty line really doesn't reflect a family's needs.

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Where You Don't Have to Feel Bad If You're a 40-Year-Old Renter

Even with a family.

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Why the Lowest Income Families Might Care the Most About Their Neighborhoods

For starters, they have fewer prospects for moving anywhere else.

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The Evolution of an Abandoned Church: From Artistic Commune to Luxury Condos

In Brussels, a hub of alternative housing and arts is being cleared out.

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Poverty Maps From 1980 Look Astonishingly Different Compared to 2010

In every metropolitan area in the U.S.

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China Has the Priciest Housing on the Planet

Seven out of 10 of the world’s least affordable markets are now in China.

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A Sustainable City With Cars and Low-Density Homes? It's Possible

A new report explains exactly how.

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Our Awkward Housing Recovery

Some good and bad news from a new report on the state of the nation's housing.

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Urban Home Values Are Rising Faster Than Suburban Ones

Housing prices were up 11.3 percent in cities versus 10.2 percent in suburban neighborhoods.

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It's About to Get Much Easier to Dig Up Your Apartment's Deep, Dark Secrets

Track down a building's code violations, noise complaints, or that nagging history of chemical contamination.