Housing

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How School Districts Seal Their Students Into Poverty

A striking new map shows how districts’ property-tax funding system enforces divides between rich and poor.

A New Residential Complex in Japan Is Built Into the Side of a Mountain

One unit’s roof serves as another unit's garden.

Photos

A Migrant's Trek Through Macedonia

A stressful but critical step in the journey for many Syrians and Iraqis on their way north through Europe.

Why San Francisco Voters Must Reject a Housing Moratorium

Refusing to build new housing won’t save the Mission. It’s a strategy that has already failed the city.

Millennials Are Creating Their Own Cities: 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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How Chicago Is Trying to Integrate Its Suburbs

The city, long divided into black and white neighborhoods, is asking affluent counties to pitch in.

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Indy (Gently) Nudges Developers Away From Parking, Toward Transit

The Indy Rezone plan gives breaks to buildings that provide bike, car-share, or bus access.

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis?

Some planners are calling for a shift away from rigid, conventional approaches toward more complex, flexible ones.

How Fair Housing Will Turn Liberal Cities Conservative

The zoning arguments and policies that will win over liberal white homeowners won’t mention race or class directly. But they will restrict the density that makes sense for affordable housing.

Private Homeless Shelters Are Exactly as Awful as You’d Think

New York City’s privately run, publicly funded shelters leave the homeless in squalor.

Videos

Watch Chicago's Marina City Emerge From the Ground Up

Fifty years ago, the iconic corn-cob-shaped cement towers were a symbol of optimism for the city. Today, they are close to being designated historic landmarks.

Now More Than Ever, It Sucks to Be Homeless in L.A.

Tough new ordinances seek to seize the property of homeless people across the city. And there's likely more to come.

Maps

What $100 Is Worth in Cities Across the U.S.

That crisp Benjamin only buys you $85 worth of stuff in Washington, D.C.

Troubling Echoes of Urban Renewal in an Atlanta Suburb

Marietta is razing a number of housing complexes with low-income residents to make way for commercial development.

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What Can You Buy for the Price of One SoHo Apartment?

Sixty-eight homes, in some Detroit neighborhoods.

How a Seattle Plan to End Single-Family Zoning Could Change Affordable Housing

Some of the proposed tools are untested, some are best practices. Together, they would set the city on the progressive edge.

Next Economy

The Destruction of a Black Suburb

Lincoln Heights, Ohio, once had the potential to become a thriving community, but today it’s in crisis. This is no accident.

How Prefab Honeycomb Homes Could Help the Affordable Housing Problem

These customizable hexagons from U.K.-based Hivehaus offer the promise of fast, cheap density.