Housing

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Can Eminent Domain Solve Our Mortgage Woes?

Officials in California and Chicago are throwing their weight behind a proposal that would let homeowners refinance certain loans.

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The Bad News Behind the Good News That Home Prices Are Rising

Like every economic bulletin these days, this one comes with a catch.

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Keep Those Off-Brand Condoms Out of Olympic Village

The brand police investigate a bucket full of non-Durex condoms. Perhaps they're taking this whole sponsor protection thing a bit far.

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Moving? Move Your House Instead

A historic home is moved - by truck and boat - about 100 miles to Vancouver Island.

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Building Community in an Empty Tire Shop

An Indianapolis arts group takes a community development approach to reusing vacant space.

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A Hidden Casualty of the Housing Crisis: Public Schools

Property taxes are still down, which means schools are still cutting staff. Will the teaching economy ever recover?

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The Rise of Economic Segregation

Increasing income inequality is changing the patterns of where Americans live, according to a new report.

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In Search of a Cure for Zombie Neighborhoods

A new study details the rise of abandoned properties in Buffalo.

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Are Co-Ops the Future of Green Energy?

English community takes collective ownership of solar farm.

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Living in Some Parts of Chicago Can Take More Than a Decade Off Your Life

Invariably, the impact falls the hardest on low-income minorities.

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London's Change Games

In the end, the Olympics have helped the city achieve in a decade what might otherwise have taken two or three.

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Cardiff Shopkeepers Worry the City's Homeless Will Leave a Bad Impression

Retailers in the Welsh capital have asked local police to enforce an 1824 law that bans sleeping or begging on public streets.

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Indian Town Not Liking Family Who Lives in Public Bathroom

Our weekly dump of public-restroom news.

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George Lucas's Lesson to NIMBYs: Careful What You Wish For

The filmmaker lost a long-running zoning battle with his California neighbors. Now they may get something they want even less than a movie studio in their back yard: low-income housing.

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London vs. Beijing: The Pregames

Though the spectacle has been underwhelming, London may have an edge over the Chinese capital in long-term planning.

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How the Suburbs Gave Birth to America's Most Diverse Neighborhoods

Diverse suburban neighborhoods now outnumber those in their central cities by more than two to one. Can we help guarantee their success?

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The Junk Food Attitude Toward Place

We consume these places without thinking, like potato chips in front of the television, and America is full of them.

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Exurbs, the Fastest Growing Areas in the U.S.

When comparing areas on the fringe to growth in metros, the exurbs are gaining big.

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How Sprawl Makes Droughts Worse

No, it doesn't cause water shortage. But sprawl can exacerbate some of its impacts, in at least two ways.