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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.

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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.

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Alana Semuels

Why the Poor Are Struggling in America's Suburbs

The 'burbs are home to an increasing number of poor families. But it may prove more difficult to make it there than in cities.


How to Build an Igloo

The National Film Board of Canada digs up an old video that makes the current wintry East Coast weather seem downright tropical.

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The Future of London at Peak Population

The U.K. capital is set to break its population record. Is the city doing enough to prepare?

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Meet the Man Trying to Fix L.A.'s Zoning

Tom Rothmann is charged with streamlining a crazy-quilt zoning code that dates back to 1946. It won't be easy.

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In Germany, Renters' Rights Trump Guest Bathrooms

As the country follows France with hardline protections for lower-income renters, new laws prohibit some property upgrades. And for many Germans, that's just fine.  

John Nation

Can the 'Godfather' of New Louisville Revive One More Neighborhood?

Gill Holland pulled off a stunning success in Louisville's East Market area. Now he wants to do it again, across town in Portland.

Gary Cameron/Reuters

How Hard Will New Home-Loan Limits Hit Veterans?

Congress put a limit on a popular and successful VA home loan program. Here's what that means for military home-buyers.

Reuters/Kacper Pempel

How Rovaniemi, Finland Became the 'Official Hometown' of Santa Claus

It was a calculated business decision.

Christina Davidson

How the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness Begins—and Ends

Untreated mental illness, addiction, and childhood trauma can spin a life out of control. This is a story about taking it back.

Guinness World Records

The Intense Competition to Be the World's Most Decorated House

This year, winning took 601,736 lights.

Reuters/Charles Platiau

Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming 'Ghettos for the Rich'

The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen.

AP Images

Surprise! The Rich Are Now Richer Than Everyone Else By the Widest Margin Since We Started Keeping Track

Wealth among high-income households is growing, while the middle-class is stuck in the 1990s.

Bestor Architecture

In Los Angeles, Density That Doesn't Overwhelm

With their new housing project, Blackbirds, an architect and developer strive for a sensitive way to build up a low-slung city.