Housing

In Europe and America, Segregation Continues

A new report outlines drivers and patterns of residential segregation—and why they are so hard to break.

Why People Stay Where They Are

We hear a lot about why people leave their communities—but only about one in ten Americans moves per year.

In Its Last Days, a House Turns to Gold

A Pittsburgh-area artist commemorates the derelict house next door, starting with a coat of paint.

CityFixer

A Danish City Is Using GPS to Track (and Help) the Homeless

An opt-in program in Odense aims to use the data to bring services to the homeless where they already congregate.

What Makes Us the Happiest About the Places We Live

Urbanites and suburbanites in the U.S. have a lot more in common than you might have guessed.

Saving the Clangs, Songs, and Shouts of Old Beijing

Hutongs are disappearing but their sounds won't, thanks to Colin Chinnery's Beijing Sound History Project.  

Introducing 'City Makers: Global Stories'

Our new series about the people and ideas reshaping urban life all over the world, from the ground up.

Portland: Hardly 'A Retirement Community for the Young'

Hey, New York Times: Portland happens to outshine many U.S. cities in entrepreneurship, job growth, productivity—and the elusive "second paycheck."

Maps

Mapping the Spread of Housing Inequality Over the Great Recession

A new interactive map shows that households hit hardest by the housing crisis are also now locked out of the recovery.

Here's How Newt Gingrich Would Fix the Housing Market

The nation's foremost futurist tackles one of housing's principal frustrations.

Maps

Um, Here's a Map That Shows Where Americans Use 'Um' vs. 'Uh'

How one linguist used Twitter to map the geography of "filler words."

Forget Liberals vs. Conservatives. One of the Biggest Cultural Divides in the U.S. Is Between Renters and Homeowners

More results from our State of the City poll.

Maps

Singles Now Make Up More Than Half the U.S. Adult Population. Here's Where They All Live

The new geography of our "solo nation."

Why the Kashmir Floods Have Been So Deadly

The disaster highlights the cost of careless urban planning and environmental mismanagement.

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.