8 Short Films About London's Crazy Housing Market

A filmmaking contest reveals the complexities of life in one of the world's most expensive cities.

Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Fighting a Housing Crisis, Egypt Builds Towers in the Desert

A photographer captures these monumental dwellings in all their surreal detail.

Maureen Still/Flickr

Minorities and the 'Slumburbs'

Despite bleak forecasts, families of color are finding more equitable conditions in suburbs. But the type of suburb matters.

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Alana Semuels

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?

The housing crisis decimated communities near the University of Chicago, now the school and other organizations are trying to stabilize them.

Tim Pierce/Flickr

Can Boomers Make Cohousing Mainstream?

Popular in northern Europe, cohousing is still a fringe option in the U.S. But the number of cohousing communities here is set to climb, thanks to Baby Boomers.

Matthew Kuborn

How to Paint a 'Love Letter' to a City

Stephen Powers and ICY Signs resuscitate the art of sign-painting—along with the morale of those in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods.

Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

Fighting for Basic Services, and News, in the Slums

The media project Mundo Villa chronicles life good and bad in the informal settlements of Buenos Aires.

Dylan Passmore / Flickr

Londoners Living Near Street Trees Get Prescribed Fewer Antidepressants

The new finding fits with a host of evidence linking urban greenery to mental health.

radcliffe dacanay / Flickr

Just Because You Can't Find a Place to Park Doesn't Mean There Aren't Way Too Many Parking Spots

A new analysis of 27 mixed-use areas finds that parking in U.S. metro areas is, on average, oversupplied by 65 percent.

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City of Covington Planning and Zoning Department

What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood

Covington, Georgia, decided not to let a half-completed development sit empty. But the city's solution has been both praised and vilified by observers.

AP Images

Now Big-Time Celebrities Are Campaigning to 'Save' London's Soho Neighborhood

The city's famed arts-and-sleaze district is set for major redevelopment. But all the movie-star advocates and nostalgia in the world can't preserve what's already gone.


What $14 Cocktails Say About Neighborhood Housing Prices

Retail prices rise as a direct result of surges in home prices—the same reasons that bar prices do: Wealthier people don't mind.

Flickr/Donna Rutherford

What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.

Transit Nerds / Flickr

What Does Living 'Close' to Transit Really Mean?

New studies suggest proximity to transit is quite flexible and could extend to a mile out.

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Can Immigrants Save the Housing Market?

While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream.

The Urban Institute

An Alarming Number of D.C. Kids Suffer 'Linguistic Isolation'

Living in a household where adults don't speak much English has economic and academic consequences for children.

Tim Brown/Flickr

Why D.C. Better Hope It Wins the U.S. Olympic Bid

The city is already sticking itself with the worst downsides of hosting the games. At least this way, it would be forced to make crucial improvements.

5 Fridges Farm

Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.