Housing

Braving the New World of Performance-Based Zoning

Conventional zoning is an outdated barrier against good urbanism, but there's disagreement on the best way forward.

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These Dogs Hunt NYC's Gnarliest Rats for Sport

For nearly a decade, one group has chased the city's most notorious pests with their faithful pets.

Can France Restore Renters' Faith in Fair Housing With Pricing Caps?

New legislation recognizes that demand for units has spun out of control, as have the fees and price hikes rental agencies charge. 

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How Vancouver Became One of North America's Most Family-Friendly Cities

It took very concerted policy efforts going back to the early 1990s.

The Doomed Fight to Save Delhi's 'Magician's Ghetto'

A new documentary explores the cultural cost of slum redevelopment. 

There's a Housing Crisis Looming in Final Fantasy XIV

A new feature in this massive online game that promises a personal home for every player might turn out to be a housing nightmare.

Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods

A new study finds that neighborhoods that are more than 40 percent black are far less likely to gentrify.

How Outdated Parking Laws Price Families Out of the City

Bundling parking with living space structurally raises the cost of urban life.

This House Listed for Sale in Detroit Looks Pretty Haunted

Detroit's Neighbors Wanted program is showing signs of success in turning around the city's vacant homes—some of which are more un-neighborly than others.

When 'Right-Sizing' Vacant Properties Goes Wrong

In Clarksburg, West Virginia, a seemingly successful move to demolish disused buildings and free up land has landlords crying foul. 

Many Renters Could Afford Mortgages, But Can't Afford Homes

Bridging the gap between young renters and first-time home buyers is a challenge made more difficult by corporations paying for homes in cash.

Ornamental Hermits Still Exist—Kind Of

Having a live-in hermit was all the rage in 18th-century England. In recent years, some have chosen the quiet life for art's sake.

The Great Recession Cemented Suburban Poverty

New data rounding out the 2000s shows that poverty in U.S. suburbs is only growing.

What We Can and Can't Learn From 2,000 Years of Migration Data for 'Western Intellectuals'

Researchers recently compiled birth and death data for famous North Americans and Europeans.

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Communism, Geometry, and the Stories Buildings Tell in Bulgaria

One photographer's "alternative photo guide" to the city of Sofia.

China Is Ending Its Skewed 'Hukou' Public-Aid System, but That Won't Help the Rural Poor

The two-tiered assistance plan has long put rural recipients at a disadvantage, and touted changes may actually enforce inequality in benefits.

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Documenting the Sparsely Populated Canadian West

A "visual sociologist" photographs dozens of small towns and their struggle to stay relevant in the 21st century.

UCLA Is Recovering From a 10-Million-Gallon Flood

In the middle of California's terrible drought, students boogie-boarded their way through a massive water-main break yesterday.