Housing

How Residents Cope When Detroit Shuts Off Water for 100,000 People

Some run dry. Others pay $30 for plumbers to illegally turn the taps back on.

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

Your Building's Roach Problem Is a Family Affair

The German cockroaches plaguing your kitchen are mostly close relatives, a finding that could help scientists stop them from spreading disease.

How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

Three policy lessons for cities trying to achieve more transport equity.

Why People Still Move to 'Unhappy' Places

For one thing, low rents.

A Brief History of Houses Built Out of Spite

One way to get back at the neighbors? Block their light and views.

The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030

New York, Osaka, and Sao Paulo won't even make the top 10.

Two Couples, One Mortgage

My partner and I decided to buy a house with our friends, share our space and our lives, and all make a family together.

In 1914, Baltimore Wanted You to Know It Was the Best City Ever

A digitally preserved program from the city's Star Spangled Banner centennial festivities boasts about an unparalleled new sewer system, among other amenities.

Harlem's Most Inventive New Building Looks Odd, But It's for a Purpose

The Sugar Hill development is an affordable-housing complex full of supportive amenities and innovations. But some are having a hard time with its neo-brutalist style.

Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

The Geographic Legacy of 'Seinfeld'

A digital reality tour of five classic New York locations still here, and five since gone.

D.C.'s Fanciest Micro-Housing Project Is Meant for Millennials

The Patterson House, a historic mansion in the District of Columbia, is being converted into very small units for young one-percenters. 

ZIP Codes of the Super Rich

Ten percent of ZIP codes in the San Jose metro have median home values of more than $2 million.

We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.

Income Inequality Lurks Beneath D.C.'s 'Pop-Up' Housing Debate

Rowhouse additions offend the sensibilities of some homeowners. But when cities protect their interests, they do so at the expense of residents.

Why Nobody Lives in So Many of New York’s Most Expensive Apartments

Some of the poshest apartments in NYC are vacant for much of the year. 

America's Looming Rental Crisis

After the housing-market crash, droves of people want to rent. But construction of new units hasn't kept up with demand.