Housing

There's Evidence That Fracking Increases Health Risks for Those Living Nearby

Skin problems and upper respiratory symptoms were reported by those living less than a mile from actively fracked gas wells.

Why Isn't Congress Throwing a Lifeline to Millions of Drowning Homeowners?

We need get the housing market back to normal as quickly as possible. So isn't reauthorizing the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act a no-brainer?

How Will We Eat Once We've Colonized Mars?

We might be able to garden. 

For Punk Music, Gentrification Is the New Ronald Reagan

In D.C, developers and restaurateurs are now subject to the kind of disdain that punks once held for the former president. It's only partly deserved.

Not Everyone Can Afford the On-Campus College Experience

Living away from home for college offers lasting benefits. But that option is available to an increasingly privileged few.

It's Tough Out There for Renters, But Most Americans Still Want More Options to Buy a Home

Just about everybody thinks they'd be better off with more housing to buy than more apartments to rent, according to the State of the City poll.

From Bratwurst to Bollywood: The Changing Face of St. Louis

Indian doctors and engineers are settling in the Midwestern city's suburbs, helping offset decades of population decline.

The Increasingly Bloated American Dream

American homes are getting bigger and bigger. But it doesn't need to be that way. 

Maps

The Milky Way's 'City' Just Got a New Name

Astronomers have named and mapped the supercluster of galaxies that contains our own. 

How the Global Population Boom Really Began

The Industrial Revolution gets credit for kicking off the world's human population explosion, but new research suggests we should look further back.

Where Are the Baby Boomers Going to Live Out Their Golden Years?

The share of elderly Americans is increasing. National preparedness for their housing needs is not.

How Much Will Your College Roommate Influence Your Life?

How the slob you were paired with freshman year will affect your figure, your mental health, and your drinking habits—for years to come.

Moving This Weekend? So Are Your Microbes

Each of us has a unique bacterial fingerprint. New research indicates it's stamped all over our homes.

St. Louis Is Growing More Diverse, Just Not in Majority-Black Areas

Rust Belt cities like St. Louis want to attract more immigrants, but few are integrating into African-American neighborhoods.

The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.

What Does It Really Cost to Live in San Francisco?

A measure called "location affordability" makes major metro areas look like a bargain—and they are, for the wealthy.

Who's Willing to Move? The Young, the Poor, and Those Who Already Live in Cities

More results from the Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City Poll. 

CityFixer

Can Cities Ease Homelessness With Storage Units?

Providing storage solutions for the homeless helps bring stability and dignity to their lives.