Housing

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.

CityFixer

How Much Cleaning Up Brownfields Is Really Worth

A new study shows the enormous effect that the EPA's brownfield remediation program has on real estate values in cities.

Apartment Residents Feel Unsafe in Their Neighborhoods, But Cozy Indoors

Those living in stand-alone homes feel just the opposite.

How Trees Actually Improve Your Quality of Life

They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—and they can even help with your attitude. 

The New Geography of U.S. Consumer Debt

Why a small city like McAllen, Texas, has less total debt than Silicon Valley, but is still in worse shape. 

The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live?

The "poor door" controversy on Manhattan's Upper West Side is only the most outlandish example of New York's uphill battle on affordable housing. 

By 2060, the American South Could Be Three Times as Urbanized

Here comes Charlanta the Gargantua.

Black Homeowners Are Worse Off Today Than They Were 40 Years Ago

A new study finds that African Americans are dramatically more likely to transition back to renter status than whites.

The Housing Market Is Improving, but There Still Aren't Enough Affordable Homes to Go Around

The "great reset," continued. 

The World's Tallest Slum Is Being Cleared by the Venezuelan Government

It's been called "a pirate utopia." But the eviction of 3,000 residents is no solution to Caracas' glaring poverty and desperate housing shortage.

Can a Co-Op Incentive Model Save Europe's Real Estate Market?

Ireland's Dublin House program will give groups of residents great plots for cheap if they commit to developing them and living in what they build.

Wealthy New Yorkers Can't Afford to Move

People leave the city for many reasons. But the richest don't stray far.

Asia's Richest Man Is Building Hong Kong Apartments Barely Bigger Than a Prison Cell

At $250,000, these 200-square-foot studios are among Hong Kong's most affordable.