Housing

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Uncovering the World's First Cities

Researchers map the earliest Mesopotamian cities and find that many develop in surprising areas.

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The Mixed-Up Politics of Urbanism

Neither end of the political spectrum gets it right when it comes to smart growth, leaving too many Americans priced out of economically vibrant cities. 

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Map of the Day: When to Sell Your House

U.S. housing prices peak at different times based on their geography.

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What Mumbai and Beijing Can Learn From New York

Two recent exhibits highlight American planning's strengths alongside its great weaknesses.

Affordable Housing Veterans Actually Want to Live In

A new, green housing project in Milwaukee offers veterans access to job training, a fitness center, and free high-speed internet.

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America's Real Homeless Hotspots

An estimated 600,000 Americans are homeless, but the spread isn't uniform. Some cities have been hit harder than others.

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Census Figures Reveal a Vastly Rural India

Despite much urbanization, the majority of the country's growing population is living in rural areas and with few resources.

Why Rents Are Rising as Home Values Fall

With so many people priced out of home ownership, the demand for rental housing is booming.

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Living in a Poor Neighborhood Actually Hurts

Why people in low-income areas are more likely to experience chronic pain.

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In Defense of Pruitt-Igoe

A new documentary explores an overlooked truth - that the infamous housing project was once a very good thing.

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The DIY Architecture of a Squatter Colony

The ad-hoc built environment that is Slab City, a neighborhood for and by the homeless.

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How El Paso Ended Up With America's Best Smart Growth Plan

The city's new plan will improve downtown, increase public transportation options and revitalize older neighborhoods.

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In Pre-Summer Games London, Edginess and Anticipation

Londoners have complicated feelings about hosting the Olympics. You'll be hearing from one of them here every week.

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Tiny Space of the Day: The 160-Square-Foot Apartment

A builder designs the smallest studios allowed by California zoning code.

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What Happens to a Foreclosed New York Apartment Building?

For one thing, the rats move in.

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40 Years of Las Vegas Sprawl, as Seen From Space

NASA images show the desert city's massive growth spurt.

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The Future of the Public Housing Project

Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods can improve quality of life for the urban poor.

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For the Urban Poor, a Downside to Residential Mobility

A new study finds "unintended political consequences" of HUD's program to place poor families in higher-income neighborhoods.