Housing

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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.

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Apartment Residents Feel Unsafe in Their Neighborhoods, But Cozy Indoors

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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

Here comes Charlanta the Gargantua.

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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.

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

The "great reset," continued. 

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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.

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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.

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Wealthy New Yorkers Can't Afford to Move

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

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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.

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The Atlanta Transit Agency's Big Plan to Convert Parking Lots into Housing

MARTA sees real estate as a gateway to better train and bus service.

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U.K. Supermarket Giant Tesco Wants to Get Into the Housing Game

Don't forget to drop off your rent check on aisle 12.

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Where We'll Camp When We Return to the Moon

We will go back. And researchers have discovered pits that could provide great shelter. 

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Cost of Living Is Really All About Housing

Places where the rent really is too damn high.

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How Residents Cope When Detroit Shuts Off Water for 100,000 People

Some run dry. Others pay $30 for plumbers to illegally turn the taps back on.

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Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

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Your Building's Roach Problem Is a Family Affair

The German cockroaches plaguing your kitchen are mostly close relatives, a finding that could help scientists stop them from spreading disease.