Housing

Why Won't You Be My Neighbor?

A third of Americans say they've never interacted with the people living next door.

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The Uneven Success of America's Housing Policy

Section 8 is supposed to help people move to areas with less poverty, but it’s worked better in some places than others.

Documenting the Struggles of the Detroit Fire Department

Muckraker Steve Neavling has uncovered everything from busted rigs to broken hydrants to fragile pipes.

Google Wants to Help You Install Solar Rooftop Panels

The tech giant’s new tool, Project Sunroof, tells you how much sun you get and how much money you could save.

A Big Turnout for a Tiny House 'Jamboree'

The crowd of 40,000 quadrupled the expected attendance.

'Show Me a Hero' Is 'More Resonant Today Than When I Wrote It'

Journalist Lisa Belkin, whose 1999 book was adapted for the HBO series, talks about what’s changed—and what hasn’t—in Yonkers and beyond.

'Show Me a Hero': Welcome to Yonkers

The HBO miniseries from The Wire creator David Simon follows an embattled city resisting efforts to build public housing.

The Fair Housing Fight in 'Show Me a Hero' Is Happening in Every City in America

David Simon’s HBO miniseries, premiering Sunday, looks back at a specific time and place. But the same issues are boiling over today.

Maps

Mapping Where the Poor Are Getting Poorer in American Cities

A new series of maps tell the grim story of how concentrated poverty persists in the U.S.

Why It’s So Hard to Measure Residential Displacement

A new study of London is the latest to find mixed evidence for the downsides of gentrification.

Videos

A Black Man's Journey Through 'Whitopia'

In a TED talk, author Rich Benjamin shares his eye-opening stay in America’s whitest communities.

The Fragile State of Housing in Ferguson

The city is falling behind the county, state, and nation in terms of the recovery.

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What Should Become of America’s Slums?

Efforts to dismantle segregation may take resources away from some of the poorest communities, where investment is most needed.

This 1940s House-Building Machine Was the Original 3-D Printer

It supposedly could crank out a two-bedroom home in 24 hours.

How Can Cities Get Renters to Use Less Water?

California's drought demands an answer, but as homeownership rates drop, the question has implications for the whole country.

Photos

The Beauty of Africa's Traditional Architecture, In One Big Database

It includes centuries-old buildings made with mud and entire cities built on stilts.

America's Biggest Problem Is Concentrated Poverty, Not Inequality

Addressing income inequality is important, but worsening economic segregation has far more compounding effects.

The Resurrection of America's Slums

After falling in the 1990s, the number of poor people living in high-poverty areas has been growing fast.