Housing

The Fair Housing Fight in 'Show Me a Hero' Is Happening in Every City in America

David Simon’s HBO miniseries, premiering Sunday, looks back at a specific time and place. But the same issues are boiling over today.

Maps

Mapping Where the Poor Are Getting Poorer in American Cities

A new series of maps tell the grim story of how concentrated poverty persists in the U.S.

Why It’s So Hard to Measure Residential Displacement

A new study of London is the latest to find mixed evidence for the downsides of gentrification.

Videos

A Black Man's Journey Through 'Whitopia'

In a TED talk, author Rich Benjamin shares his eye-opening stay in America’s whitest communities.

The Fragile State of Housing in Ferguson

The city is falling behind the county, state, and nation in terms of the recovery.

Next Economy

What Should Become of America’s Slums?

Efforts to dismantle segregation may take resources away from some of the poorest communities, where investment is most needed.

This 1940s House-Building Machine Was the Original 3-D Printer

It supposedly could crank out a two-bedroom home in 24 hours.

How Can Cities Get Renters to Use Less Water?

California's drought demands an answer, but as homeownership rates drop, the question has implications for the whole country.

Photos

The Beauty of Africa's Traditional Architecture, In One Big Database

It includes centuries-old buildings made with mud and entire cities built on stilts.

America's Biggest Problem Is Concentrated Poverty, Not Inequality

Addressing income inequality is important, but worsening economic segregation has far more compounding effects.

The Resurrection of America's Slums

After falling in the 1990s, the number of poor people living in high-poverty areas has been growing fast.

Turning Mud Huts Into Apartment Towers in Nairobi’s Biggest Slum

An upgrading program in Kibera has taken more than a decade, but is helping to change Africa's conversation about how to handle informal urban neighborhoods.

Is Your Smart Home Too Smart? Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Your Vacation Destination Really Does Reflect Your Personality

New research shows introverts do, in fact, prefer the mountains.

Videos

A Modest Proposal to Build a Giant Wall Around San Francisco During Burning Man

A 300-mile wall to exile Burners from the Bay Area is perhaps an idea whose time has come.

Brooklyn May Join the Super-Tall Skyscraper Club

A downtown tower could rise more than 1,000 feet, potentially twice as high as the next tallest building in Brooklyn.

CityFixer

Turning Suburban Tysons Into a Walkable City Will Take Time

A year into the Silver Line era there have been some failings, but that doesn’t make the great planning experiment a failure.

How to Build a City on the Moon

The new head of the European Space Agency wants to give it a try.