Housing

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Where Are the Baby Boomers Going to Live Out Their Golden Years?

The share of elderly Americans is increasing. National preparedness for their housing needs is not.

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How Much Will Your College Roommate Influence Your Life?

How the slob you were paired with freshman year will affect your figure, your mental health, and your drinking habits—for years to come.

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Moving This Weekend? So Are Your Microbes

Each of us has a unique bacterial fingerprint. New research indicates it's stamped all over our homes.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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St. Louis Is Growing More Diverse, Just Not in Majority-Black Areas

Rust Belt cities like St. Louis want to attract more immigrants, but few are integrating into African-American neighborhoods.

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The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.

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What Does It Really Cost to Live in San Francisco?

A measure called "location affordability" makes major metro areas look like a bargain—and they are, for the wealthy.

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Who's Willing to Move? The Young, the Poor, and Those Who Already Live in Cities

More results from the Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City Poll. 

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Can Cities Ease Homelessness With Storage Units?

Providing storage solutions for the homeless helps bring stability and dignity to their lives.

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7 Charts That Show How Good Mass Transit Can Make a City More Affordable

The rent can be a little damn high, so long as the ride isn't.

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A Failed Public-Housing Project Could Be a Key to St. Louis' Future

The Pruitt-Igoe projects were razed in 1972, but their influence on Ferguson's social and financial divides echo today as redevelopment is planned. 

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How to Not Know There Are 50,000 Bees Living in Your Ceiling

Lessons from one New York woman's inadvertent foray into urban beekeeping. 

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Should Cops Have to Live Where They Work?

The question of whether police officers should live in the communities they patrol has a long and contentious history.

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Mapping America's New Economy in Construction Permits

The Boston-Washington corridor is up; the Rustbelt and Sunbelt are down.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your Neighbors

You'll be less likely to die of a heart attack, for starters.

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Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing?

New federal data reveals the regional decline in coastal ecosystems.

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Where Cash Buys Are Hitting the Housing Market Hardest

In cities across the nation, cash-and-carry buyers are still gobbling up houses at foreclosure—and luxury—prices.

Take a San Francisco Gentrification Quiz from 1985

Signs that your neighborhood has become upscale: computer stores, needlepoint boutiques... exotic-bird shops?

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Will Wildly Expensive Housing Devour the Economies of Wealthy Countries?

There's not enough cheap housing to go around.