Housing

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Obama Neglected an Awful Lot of People in His Big Housing Speech

The poor, the homeless, renters, and anyone who doesn't aspire to buy a house.

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The Fight to Rescue Lower Manhattan From the Next Sandy

The coastal areas of New York City have two choices: retreat, or advance to the shoreline with a bigger shield.

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How to Deal With a Heat Wave in China

In a crowded country where many homes lack air conditioning, people have to get creative in order to escape the sky-high temps.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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How Memory Alters Our Perception of Place

The curious results of walking tours in New York, Berlin and Mumbai.

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The Steady Decline of Homeownership for Everyone, Everywhere

In four charts.

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We Could Have Fixed the Underwater Mortgage Crisis a Long Time Ago

This surprisingly simple solution is win-win, if only the banks would sign on.

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Too Many Young Adults Are Still Living at Home, and It's Hurting the Economy

The U.S. still isn't creating as many new homes as we used to -- in a large part because young adults are still with their parents.

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Hysteria and Racist Screeds Over HUD Plans to Map Neighborhood Diversity

Cue cries of "social engineering," "forced integration," and "tyranny."

The Persistent Geography of Disadvantage

NYU sociologist Patrick Sharkey takes a hard look at why racial inequality in so many American neighborhoods spans generations.

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Poverty Hurts Kids More Than Being Born to Moms on Cocaine

The conclusion to a long-running study of "crack babies" in Philadelphia.

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How Keeping Track of Slumlords Became One Baltimore Woman's Full-Time Job

Carol Ott spends her days publicly shaming bad property owners, despite hate mail and death threats.

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Is It Time to Bring Back the Boarding House?

Housing models that have long been banned in American cities could help make them affordable again.

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Is There Really an Upside to Manhattan's Unaffordability?

A provocative argument on Bloomberg's legacy.

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Map: Oysters, Reefs, and Swamps Protect Billions' Worth of Real Estate—For Free

Natural coastal ecosystems are protecting twice as much coastline and 1.4 million people from climate risks. 

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The Unsettling Link Between Sprawl and Suicide

New research finds that as population density decreases, the suicide rate among young people goes up.

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New Rent Laws Aim to Keep Paris From Becoming Only for the Rich

France looks set to implement a series of groundbreaking laws designed to induce landlords to rent to a wider variety of income levels.

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Why We Need to Treat America's Poorest Neighborhoods Like Developing Countries

Life expectancy can vary as much as 25 years within some cities. And our current solutions are barely having an impact.

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The Insane, True Costs of Raising a Family in America's Major Metros

Why the federal poverty line really doesn't reflect a family's needs.