Housing

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A Chart That Explains the Path to a Global Urban Majority

Which countries became at least half urban the fastest?

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Mexico's Boxcar Children

Life in an abandoned rail car outside of Monterrey.

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Is China's Affordable Housing Going to Those Who Need It?

As China works towards big housing goal, questions arise about who's benefitting.

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Micro-Subletting Is Thriving in New York — But Is It Legal?

Users of sites like Airbnb are snubbing a recent law that forbids short-term apartment rentals.

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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.