Housing

Jessica McKenzie

Detroit's Foreclosure Crisis and the Need for 'Information Justice'

An open data project sought to battle tax foreclosures by arming residents with information. It may have empowered property speculators more than anyone.

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Rebecca Cook/Reuters

How To Get Detroit Back On Its Feet

The city needs to attract new residents and retain the ones who already live there. Luckily, it has a few options.

Patrick Semansky/AP

Using Astronomy To Fight Urban Blight

In a partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore is borrowing a trick from stargazers to predict housing abandonment.

Reuters

'Smart Decline' Is Dumb

We don’t know the future. Rust Belt cities need to stop planning that there isn’t one.

David Ryder/Reuters

Seattle Considers Giving Renters a Formal Voice at City Hall

A new commission would advise officials on issues affecting renters and seek ways to enact stronger protections.

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National Low Income Housing Coalition

America's Affordable Housing Shortage, Mapped

For every 100 poor families in Las Vegas, there are only 12 affordable units available.

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The Neighborhood That Went to War Against Gentrifiers

In East L.A.’s Boyle Heights, an art gallery closes, and a group of activists and residents claim a victory in their battle against encroaching development.

Mike Hutchings/Reuters

This Month in Urbanism: March 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: bikes, land, water and mayors.

Jeff Roberson/AP

The Housing Crisis Is a Building Crisis

Construction industry productivity in the U.S. is lower today than it was in 1968—and it won’t pick up unless it can embrace modernization.

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An Animated Soviet Guide to Building Block Housing

A cartoon from a romcom uses humor to criticize formulaic apartment construction under Brezhnev.

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Cabrini Green and Chicago's Public Housing Disaster

A documentary filmed over the course of 20 years tells the story of a disenfranchised community pushed out of their homes.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Don't Dismiss the Early Signs of a Turnaround in Detroit

The Motor City faces monumental challenges, but it’s too often criticized for its glimmers of hope.

Susan Walsh/AP

Why Deadly Chemicals May Linger in Cities Under the EPA's New Administrator

Scott Pruitt remains unconvinced of the dangers of asbestos.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

To Live and Die in Margaritaville

Behold the first dad-rock-branded retirement city.

Peter Nicholls/Reuters

What Can London's Mayor Actually Do for the City?

Despite his high profile and ambitious agenda, Sadiq Khan holds one of Britain’s least understood offices.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Anatomy of a NIMBY

Restricting housing construction does not just hurt developers—it makes housing less affordable for everyone. But to overcome neighborhood resistance, you need to understand what drives it.

H.B. Littel/AP

Louisville Confronts Its Redlining Past and Present

A new online mapping project is aimed at dismantling the Kentucky city’s grim legacy of racial segregation.

Matt Rourke/AP

Race, Gentrification, and Health in Philadelphia

A study finds that black residents in gentrifying neighborhoods are more likely to report poorer health.