Housing

The French Invented the Apartment

Two New York architects enamored with Parisian flats convinced Rutherford Stuyvesant to build New York's first apartment building in the late 1860s.

Boulder, Colorado, Has More Toilets Than People

A new and vital analysis from the real estate company Redfin ranks U.S. cities by toilet availability.

One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes

Many families could stay put for just a few hundred dollars—if only they knew how to work the system.

Can the Homeless Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

There are more than 16,000 vacant homes in the city. Are they the solution to the long-standing housing crisis?

What If We Had Measured Poverty Differently for the Past 50 Years?

The Census' Supplemental Poverty Measure paints a different picture of the poor and the social safety net.

Photos

A Coal Worker's Life—With a Lot Less Coal

A photo essay of life along the King Coal Highway shows the struggling, post-mining towns of southern West Virginia.

New York's Attorney General Declares War on Airbnb

Does the home-sharing service really disrupt neighborhoods? Or just commercial hotel profits?

Bed Bug Madness: The Psychological Toll of the Blood Suckers

Researchers are starting to explain the anxiety many victims feel.

Why Is D.C. So Expensive? Because of Congress

Unlike San Francisco or New York City, the nation's capital is an expensive city to call home as a result of federal fiat.

When Climate Change Has Already Come

The country's first institute of adaptation science will help Norfolk, Virginia, deal with its steadily rising waters.

Why Does Spain Have So Many Elevators?

It's partly a legacy of Franco's aggressive post-Civil War housing regime.

Maps

The Accidental Revelations of Sanborn Maps

How maps created for fire insurers show the evolution of cities.

A New York Apartment, Painstakingly Rendered in Ghostly Fabric

Korean artist Do Ho Suh reconsiders the meaning of "home" with incredibly detailed sculptures of mundane yet highly personal household items.

The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

Why Chicago Is Still the No. 2 U.S. City for Mexican Immigrants

A closer look at the history of Mexican migration patterns reveals that it's actually a natural choice.

A Plan for a More Inclusive San Francisco

There's a lot to discuss in a new report outlining how to create better jobs and more affordable housing for the Bay Area.

Design That Makes Dry Regulations Come to Life

Since 1997, the Center for Urban Pedagogy has used graphic design to explain byzantine local policies and processes to New Yorkers.  

Photos

Keeping the Beat in a Troubled Neighborhood

Members of the Soul Tigers Marching Band find stability amid the chaos of adolescence and difficult circumstances.