Housing

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Saving Neighborhoods From the 'Vacancy Vortex'

In cities like Buffalo, empty homes make neighborhood restoration a serious challenge. But one group has a clever fix.

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Why the Government Now Cares What You Spend on Gas

Affordable housing isn't all that affordable without low-cost transportation. The feds are starting to recognize this.

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Where the Empty Houses Are

America's vacancy rates are still high, and an unusually large share of homes are being kept off the market.

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Why Your Rent Is Rising Faster Than Inflation

The decline of homeownership has moved more people onto the rental market, pushing asking prices up at an alarming clip.

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A Fascinating Geography of New York's 'Two Cities'

In some places, the city's real estate prices are soaring, but it's not true everywhere.

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Behold: The Rental-Backed Security

The investors who brought us mortgage-backed securities are now betting on housing again, with a twist.

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A Groundbreaking 1961 Documentary Laid Bare Chicago's Racial Disparities

Ten years after the Cicero riots came an award-winning film called The City of Necessity.

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The Life of a 1990s Manhattan Squatter

Ash Thayer moved to Manhattan to become a photographer. Her community became her subject.

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Homes Near Cemeteries Sell for 13 Percent More Than Ones Near the Living

But they do take longer to sell.

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This Might Be the Most 'Portland' Thing That's Ever Happened in Portland, Oregon

A resident says sous-chefs are foraging plants from his property. Sob story or masterful troll?

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The Absurdity of Apartment Ads, Now Brought to Your Grocery List!

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Potential Home Buyers Are Legitimately Freaked Out About New Flood Insurance Rules

Should we be worried about the real estate market, or is this a necessary climate change-related course correction?

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An Extraordinary 'Synthetic' Map of Every Household in America

By age, size, income and race.

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The World's 5 Largest Housing Bubbles

A brief, whirlwind tour.

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Why Eminent Domain Can't Save Broke Cities Like Richmond, California

The very places forced to consider last-ditch solutions for underwater homeowners have problems that are too complex to be easily solved.

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How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It

New research suggests that children who live with peeling paint and broken appliances have greater emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges.

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Exploring the Hilarious Noise Complaints of 1930s New York

The irritating sounds of Manhattan's Jazz Age included yelping newsboys, river dredgers, a marching band of orphans, and a fog siren.

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The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

What happens when skyrocketing rents meet stagnating wages among low-income workers? U.S. cities are finding out.