Housing

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D.C.'s Fanciest Micro-Housing Project Is Meant for Millennials

The Patterson House, a historic mansion in the District of Columbia, is being converted into very small units for young one-percenters. 

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ZIP Codes of the Super Rich

Ten percent of ZIP codes in the San Jose metro have median home values of more than $2 million.

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We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.

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Income Inequality Lurks Beneath D.C.'s 'Pop-Up' Housing Debate

Rowhouse additions offend the sensibilities of some homeowners. But when cities protect their interests, they do so at the expense of residents.

Reuters/Mike Segar

Why Nobody Lives in So Many of New York’s Most Expensive Apartments

Some of the poshest apartments in NYC are vacant for much of the year. 

AP/Paul Sakuma

America's Looming Rental Crisis

After the housing-market crash, droves of people want to rent. But construction of new units hasn't kept up with demand.

Reuters

China's Suicide Rate Drops as People Move to Urban Centers

As more residents leave isolated rural areas and their associated risks, the country's disturbingly high number of such tragedies seems to be leveling off.

Extell

Why Can't We Build Skinny Skyscrapers Everywhere?

The limits to how tall and thin towers can be has more to do with markets than engineers.

Urban Reviewer

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place

A Brooklyn group tracked the history of the city's urban-renewal projects—and gave some still-vacant spots a future.

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The Pernicious Realities of 'Artwashing'

In expensive London, artists are caught in the middle of developers' attempts to push out lower-income residents and rebrand neglected properties.

Specht Harpman Architects

When Micro-Housing Misses the Point

A precious jewel-box tiny house isn't the same as dense, sustainable living. 

Taras Grescoe

How Denver Is Becoming the Most Advanced Transit City in the West

But the key question remains: Will metro residents give up their cars?

Reuters/Steve Marcus

Where Cities Are Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs

In 19 of the 51 largest U.S. metros, including knowledge centers like New York, the city grew faster than the suburbs last year.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Outraged Canadians Report the Detroit Water Authority to the UN for Human-Rights Violations

Is there a plan to force the gentrification of Detroit through overdue water bills? And should the United Nations take action? The Council of Canadians thinks so.

Building Detroit

Watch Detroit Tackle Blight in Real Time

Sales of previously vacant homes are steadily racking up on the Building Detroit auction site.

Reuters/Tony Gentile

In Europe, Knowing Your Neighbor Doesn't Necessarily Make You Happier

A surprising result from a pan-European survey on happiness.

All Aboard Florida

The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail

Can new train service between Miami and Orlando be a model for the rest of the country?

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Toronto and the Condo Kid: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Dublin, Ohio / Crawford Hoying

What Transit Will Actually Look Like in the New Suburbia

Or, why we should fall in love with ride-share, buses, and walking.