Housing

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.

The Future of the American Trailer Park: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

White Households Are Now 13 Times Richer Than Black Ones

The wealth gap between whites and blacks in the U.S. is the widest it's been in 30 years.

In Southwest Chicago, Environmental Groups Must Also Grapple With a Sluggish Economy

After working together to shut down a pair of coal plants, three grassroots organizations no longer see exactly eye to eye on the best way forward for their community.

Was Monday's Fire in Downtown L.A. an 'Architectural Hate Crime'?

The destroyed building was to be the latest mega-complex by a detested local developer.

Why It's Cheaper to Buy a House in the Winter

"It's a bit like searching for bargains in a leftovers' sale," but the payoff can be big.

Part Land Bank, Part Community-Focused Credit Line

Denver's Urban Land Conservancy aims to put transit-oriented development to work for the greater good.

How to 'Live Slow' in the City That Never Stops

William Powers, author of New Slow City, rebels against America's obsession with stuff, long work hours, and quick fixes.