Housing

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Los Angeles Bans Heat-Sucking Roofs

From now on, the city's building code will require new residential construction to include "cool roofs" capable of reflecting sunlight.

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A Day in the Life of a Baltimore Slumlord Hunter

A video follows Carol Ott, a mother of two who is documenting every blighted property she can find in Baltimore.

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Where the Renters Live Now

The Census Bureau maps the homeownership rate of every neighborhood in America.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Germany Is Building Its Own Resort for the World Cup

Favorites to win in Brazil this June, the team will reside in a new, remote beach hotel for the tournament.

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Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

Alongside every other building in Washington, D.C.

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San Francisco Luxury Apartment Promo Embarrasses Its Own Tenants

At least one person who can afford the rent at NEMA thinks this ad is ridiculous.

My Geographic 'Center of Gravity' Is Pulling Me to a Nebraska Cemetery

That's the last time I use this weird mapping tool, which determines your "midpoint" based on all the places you've ever lived.

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How the Cost of Other People's Parking Drives Up Your Rent

By as much as $200 a month.

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This Man Was Just Evicted From Beijing's Underground Heating System

And there are many more like him.

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Miami's Newest Condo Tower Will Be Home to Nearly 2 Percent of the World's Billionaires

It has three car elevators. 

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How the Poor Are Squeezed Out of the Most Affordable Housing

A worsening trend that spans four decades.

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Tiny Homes: A New Model for Super-Chic Affordable Housing?

A group of Washingtonians say micro-dwellings are the future. But problems abound.

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Is Laundered Money Fueling Miami's Condo Boom?

All signs point to yes. 

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One Answer to San Francisco's Overpriced Housing: 'Co-Living'

Not quite communes, these young people are seeking cheaper, more diverse living arrangements, plus family-style meals.

Reuters

Is a Favela Still a Favela Once It Starts Gentrifying?

Rents are going up in Rio's informal housing communities. What, if anything, should the city do about it?

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Why U.S. Cities Have Been Making it Harder to Feed the Homeless

Los Angeles is the latest city to consider a ban on providing meals to the homeless in public.

The Rent in Shanghai Is Too Damn High: An Infographic

What price comparisons between two different cities tell us about the Chinese economy.

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Americans Are Very Confused About What They Want Out of a Community

According to a new survey, they favor walkability, cars, enormous homes, privacy, and a bunch of other things.