Housing

Reuters/Tony Gentile

In Europe, Knowing Your Neighbor Doesn't Necessarily Make You Happier

A surprising result from a pan-European survey on happiness.

All Aboard Florida

The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail

Can new train service between Miami and Orlando be a model for the rest of the country?

Axio on Flickr

Toronto and the Condo Kid: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Dublin, Ohio / Crawford Hoying

What Transit Will Actually Look Like in the New Suburbia

Or, why we should fall in love with ride-share, buses, and walking.

David Torke, fixBuffalo

Riding Through Poor Neighborhoods With New Urbanists

A bike tour in Buffalo that aimed to "inspire feelings of civic duty and moral outrage" may have also exposed weaknesses in a movement's philosophy.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Why Renters Are Ending Up in the Suburbs

Most new homes being built in the U.S. are multifamily apartments, but more and more people are opting for an even cheaper rental option: the traditional suburban single-family home.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

How the Bay Area's Waterfront Height Limit Could Be a Disaster for Waterfront Resiliency

San Francisco voters just approved the kind of urban-planning tool that makes resilient design so difficult: direct democracy.

Flickr/Fairfax County/WDG Architecture

The Colossal Expectations of D.C.'s Newest Metro Line

There's not much riding on the Silver Line except the future of the American suburb as we know it. 

St. Stephen's Human Services

The Lives of America's Homeless

An oral-history project seeks to document some of the least-heard voices in society: those with no permanent address. 

Brian Whitty

Peak Eviction Came to San Francisco Back in the 1990s

The tech boom has seen a rise in renter evictions, but the practice was perfected during the dot com madness of the late '90s.

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The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010

Two maps and six charts take sprawl rankings to another level.

Mark Byrnes

Funeral for a Philadelphia Rowhouse

On the eve of its demolition, a memorial service remembers the life of one of the last homes on a single block in the Mantua neighborhood. 

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Reuters

We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

A process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.

Google Maps

The Racist Housing Policy That Made Your Neighborhood

The freewheeling opportunity associated with 20th-century California was not available to black residents, and that exclusion reverberates in our neighborhoods and communities today.

Reuters/Toby Melville

The Average London Home Gained Enough Value in the Past 6 Months to Put a Kid Through University

The average price for a home in London is now £459,000, or $773,000.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

USPS Mail Carriers Are Also Collecting Crucial Housing Data

The U.S. Postal Service compiles information on every address in the country almost every day. Here's what they do with the numbers.

AP

Why Julián Castro's Record as Mayor of San Antonio Doesn't Necessarily Tell Us Much About His Future at HUD

Unlike the strong-mayor governments of Chicago or New York, San Antonio's government is led by a city manager. 

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Bil Malbon

The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance

Living and loving in a super small space requires ... unique compromises. 

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Londonmmapper.co.uk

Browsing an Incredible New 'Social Atlas of London'

With Londonmapper, we can visualize anything from knife crime to hedgehog sightings in the British capital.