Housing

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The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

If everyone you know is telling you to buy a house, you should read Robert Shiller's work.

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Could Free Rent Bring Oakland's Downtown to Life?

The city's commercial center still feels depressingly lifeless. "Popuphood" wants to change that, fast.

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White Flight's Surprising 'Silver Lining'

The historic exodus of whites from American cities helped boost black homeownership nationwide.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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The San Francisco Exodus

How S.F. became the least affordable city in America, and what we can do about it now.

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The Downside to a Housing Recovery: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last 7 days.

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Think the Shutdown Doesn't Affect You? Try Applying For a Mortgage

Why the legacy of the housing crisis is making the government shutdown even more disruptive.

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Facebook's 'Company Town' Looks a Bit Like Smart Growth

Pros and cons of the planned mixed-use housing development in Menlo Park.

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Where Even the Middle Class Can't Afford to Live Any More

Some startling math from the country's most expensive cities.

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Chinatowns Are Gentrifying at an Alarming Rate

According to a new study, the Asian population is falling rapidly; and real estate prices are sky-rocketing.

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Could LEED Kill the College Dorm Mini-Fridge?

One school has already banned them from its dorm to save energy. Will others follow?

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'What We Haven't Figured Out Is the Question of Gentrification'

Brutal honesty from New York City's planning director.

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Hugo Chavez's Urban 'Utopia' Didn't Turn Out All That Well

Ciudad Caribia, built from scratch under the watch of Venezuela's late president, has many, many problems.

Maps

A Delightfully Trippy Map of Every Single Building in The Netherlands

The ages of Dutch structures are shown as glorious, prismatic blasts in this obsessively detailed map.

Videos
The Verge

How a Skeleton Crew Fire Department Deals With a Major Outbreak of Arson

A short documentary follows the Highland Park fire department as it does some amazing work with incredibly limited resources. 

Q4 Architects

An Ingenious Home Built to Battle Tornadoes

How to design disaster-proof places where people would actually want to live.

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Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.

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When Are Micro-Apartments Just Way Too Micro?

The thin line between quaint and claustrophobic.

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How Little Things Add Up to Keep Homeless Kids From School

Baltimore's neediest students often struggle to find transportation and afford things like uniforms.