Housing

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A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America

A story told in dots.

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Is This Really Beijing's 'Most Outrageous Illegal Structure'?

Local officials say the mountainside villa on top of a Beijing apartment tower will be torn down in the next 15 days.

The Secret to D.C.'s Stunning Population Growth? Old People

Lessons on preserving the urban core from the nation's capital.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Striking Photos of Mongolia's Hillside Slums

Ulan Bator's explosive growth has left new residents without affordable housing, meaning 60 percent of the city lives in tent settlements off the grid.

When Artists and Intellectuals Were Rich

Actually, there's never been a time like that. Why do people think otherwise?

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How Many Gentrification Critics Are Actually Gentrifiers Themselves?

Few groups, two researchers argue, are more hypocritical than urbanists discussing gentrification.

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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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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.