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Why Did This San Francisco Woman Get Stuck With a $6,755 Monthly Rent Hike?

Landlords are exploiting a loophole in a law meant to protect renters.

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The U.S. Cities Where It Takes the Longest to Be Able to Afford to Buy a Home

Metro areas in California look especially bleak in this analysis.

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Why the Justice Department Chose These 6 Cities for Its Police-Community Relations Pilot

The government hopes they can serve as a blueprint for others across the country.

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Here's What's Really Ruining Austin (and It's Not SXSW)

It's not the tourists; it's the locals. There are just too many now—and no plan for handling them all.


Why America's Racial Wealth Gap Is Really a Homeownership Gap

Minorities are less likely to own a home, and get worse returns on the ones they do own.

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What Do Americans Prioritize When Picking a Place to Live?

According to a new poll, economic mobility and diversity are key components of a good city or town.

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This Award-Winning Micro-Housing Design Is Inspired by Bubble Tea

A new building of ultra-tiny apartments in Seoul will enforce neighborliness as residents navigate shared spaces "like the ambiguous gel around a tapioca pearl."

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A Plan to Drastically Reduce New York's Poverty

A comprehensive package of assistance programs can lower the city's poverty rate by 69 percent.

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I Was a 1906 New York Tenement Inspector for a Night

An immersive educational event at Manhattan's Tenement Museum brings attendees up close and personal with housing reform history.

Now More Than Ever, London Needs a 'Death Pyramid'

Why the city should revive a 19th-century plan for an uptown necropolis, population 5 million.

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The Battle for L.A.'s Future May Depend on Skid Row: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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Why Housing Is Key to Chattanooga's Tech-Hub Ambitions

With its superfast broadband, the city has reinvented itself. Now it must safeguard its future by building to sustain that growth.

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How Renters Benefitted From the Housing Crisis

The mortgage-industry collapse led to a dramatic increase in single-family rental housing. What happens when buyers want these houses back?

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This Police Brutality Map Shows 'Ferguson Is Everywhere'

The activists behind the project aimed for a comprehensive national snapshot of police violence.

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How Gentrifiers Change the Definition of a Neighborhood

New research out of Philadelphia finds race to be the biggest predictor of how residents defined their changing communities.    

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Why Berlin Is Cracking Down on Condo Conversions

The city hopes to preserve a mix of social classes and slow down gentrification. But there's a risk the changes will encourage speculators to expand to new areas.

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When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.

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How Real-Estate Brokers Can Profit From Racial Tipping Points

A new paper looks at the science of a craven question: When does it make business sense to leverage racial fears?