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The Myth of New Orleans's Affordability

Cities with “cheap” housing aren’t cheap if wages are relatively low.

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The Man-Made Island Jane Jacobs Approved of—But Toronto Never Built

“Harbour City,” according to the famed urbanist, was to be “the most important advance in city planning” of the 20th century.

The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households

Earlier this month, President Obama held up the city as model for bringing solar power to low-income families. He might have spoken a bit too soon.

What's the Matter With San Francisco?

The city’s devastating affordability crisis has an unlikely villain—its famed progressive politics.

How D.C. Can Survive Peak Population

The city is already facing a massive affordability crisis. To grow smart, its leaders must radically change their philosophies—now.

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How School Districts Seal Their Students Into Poverty

A striking new map shows how districts’ property-tax funding system enforces divides between rich and poor.

A New Residential Complex in Japan Is Built Into the Side of a Mountain

One unit’s roof serves as another unit's garden.

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A Migrant's Trek Through Macedonia

A stressful but critical step in the journey for many Syrians and Iraqis on their way north through Europe.

Why San Francisco Voters Must Reject a Housing Moratorium

Refusing to build new housing won’t save the Mission. It’s a strategy that has already failed the city.

Millennials Are Creating Their Own Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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How Chicago Is Trying to Integrate Its Suburbs

The city, long divided into black and white neighborhoods, is asking affluent counties to pitch in.

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Indy (Gently) Nudges Developers Away From Parking, Toward Transit

The Indy Rezone plan gives breaks to buildings that provide bike, car-share, or bus access.

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis?

Some planners are calling for a shift away from rigid, conventional approaches toward more complex, flexible ones.

How Fair Housing Will Turn Liberal Cities Conservative

The zoning arguments and policies that will win over liberal white homeowners won’t mention race or class directly. But they will restrict the density that makes sense for affordable housing.

Private Homeless Shelters Are Exactly as Awful as You’d Think

New York City’s privately run, publicly funded shelters leave the homeless in squalor.

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Watch Chicago's Marina City Emerge From the Ground Up

Fifty years ago, the iconic corn-cob-shaped cement towers were a symbol of optimism for the city. Today, they are close to being designated historic landmarks.

Now More Than Ever, It Sucks to Be Homeless in L.A.

Tough new ordinances seek to seize the property of homeless people across the city. And there's likely more to come.

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What $100 Is Worth in Cities Across the U.S.

That crisp Benjamin only buys you $85 worth of stuff in Washington, D.C.