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What Have We Learned From 30 Years of 'Aging in Place'?

A new study on "naturally occurring retirement communities" shows that cities must adapt to and support the needs of elders for them to thrive.

Gotham City/Toby Harriman

A Time-Lapse of San Francisco That Feels As Epic As a Major Motion Picture

"Gotham City SF" is a brooding, dramatically scored montage of Bay life.


Another Reason to Promote Social Equity in U.S. Metros: Job Growth

In case public officials needed extra motivation.

“Charles F. Chandler Papers,” Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library

This 19th Century 'Stench Map' Shows How Smells Reshaped New York City

Malodorous industries moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, shifting the industrial landscape.

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Americans Love Big Hot Suburbs

The neighborhoods outside of sunny metro areas are gobbling up the country, just like they were before the Great Recession.

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Alana Semuels

The City That Believed in Desegregation

Integration isn't easy, but Louisville, Kentucky, has decided that it's worth it.

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With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism

The city is grappling with major socioeconomic shifts by getting organized at an unprecedented scale.  

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Why Most Twitter Maps Can't Be Trusted

A sophisticated age demands a more sophisticated social media cartography.

New York Public Library/William Meyers

These Beautiful Photos Capture Everyday Moments in NYC's Outer Boroughs

Photographer William Meyers documented ordinary life outside Manhattan in the 1990s and 2000s.

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Where Millennials Are Moving Now

New Census data shows that migration patterns among young adults changed after the Great Recession.

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Stuck With a House That Can't Be Sold

Even though the housing market is improving, some owners with troubled properties won't see relief anytime soon.

Insightful Interaction/Natalia Bronshtein

200 Years of U.S. Immigration, in 1 Colorful Infographic

A new data visualization captures the waves of arrival.


How Much Sprawl Costs America

More than $1 trillion, according to a new report.

Prime Minister's Office, Singapore

How Singapore Fixed Its Affordable Housing Problem

A 1965 newsreel looks back at a public-housing initiative led by late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew—one that continues to influence high levels of homeownership today.

Doomsday Architecture Is More Relevant Now Than Ever

The 1970s saw a fascination with building utopias that could endure extreme climates. Thanks to global climate change, we need exactly that type of design thinking today.

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Where LGBTQ Americans Live

New polling from Gallup tells a tale of growing tolerance.

Evan Tachovsky

Mapping the Lasting Effects of Redlining

Old federal maps and recent Census data combine to show how today's poverty rates align with racist 1930s mortgaging policies.

Oregon Humanities

The Voices of the Displaced in Portland, Oregon

"Losing those spaces means that you lose a critical element of who you are."