The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit

All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.

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Why LGBTQ Seniors Need a Housing Strategy of Their Own

A new coalition of advocacy groups aims to help cities plan affordable housing geared toward the aging LGBTQ community.


What If There Was a Middle Option Between Renting and Owning?

An innovative program in Vermont helps low- and middle-income people ease into homeownership.

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3 Reasons Long Island Is Dying

And a couple ideas for how it can be saved.


The Tricky Task of Rating Neighborhoods on 'Livability'

A new start-up aims to take a more rigorous approach.

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Young, Homeless—and Invisible

An upcoming documentary reveals the important role schools and teachers play in keeping some teens off the streets.

Fugees Family

The School for Young Refugees

In Clarkston, a small suburb of Atlanta, refugee kids settle into their new home at the Fugees Academy.


Is It Pronounced Bang'er' or Bang'or'?

Get it right so you don't tick off the locals.

Martin Prosperity Institute

Where There Are More Single Men Than Women

Almost everywhere, actually—at least up until a certain age.


Seattle's Fight Against Sprawl, 20 Years On

The city's urban villages strategy is working—in some parts more than others.

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Newark's Vacant Lot Sale Is for Lovers

Show her how much you care by purchasing an empty plot of land, on which you are required to build and reside as a couple.

Goetz Schrader

These High-End Apartments Wrap Around the Base of Wind Turbines

Plus: supporting green tech. Minus: living in a lightning magnet.

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Forgotten Lessons From a 1970s Fight Against Gentrification

How a decades-old tenant battle in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood is still shaping the city today.

Maggie Gulick

The Careful Transformation of an Abandoned Paris Scrap Yard

Before it becomes part of a new eco-district, artists and residents of suburban Aubervilliers stopped to commemorate the history in their midst.

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Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification

One urban planning professor has defined this as a process that occurs in discrete stages.

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No, Suburbs Aren't All the Same. The Suburbiest Ones Are Growing Fastest

An analysis of population trends in urban vs. suburban style U.S. communities.

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All the Ways Germany Is Less Car-Reliant Than the U.S., in 1 Chart

There are rather a lot of ways, as it turns out.

Cheuk-ning Chung

Inside Hong Kong's Public Housing Estates

Photographer Cheuk-ning Chung captures the neighborhood feel of government-owned housing in one of the densest cities in the world.