Housing

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Life in an African Slum

A photographer challenges typical Western portrayals of Africa, asking: "who do these photos serve?"

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The Year in Ideas

A round-up of my most provocative and meaningful 2011 columns

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In Defense of Phoenix

What Andrew Ross gets wrong in his book about the city's flawed sustainability initiatives

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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9 Ways the Housing Industry Has Failed Us

A new report lists the temporary and systemic issues keeping the industry from helping the economy recover

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Warning of Urban Sprawl...in 1959

A Hitchcockian take on the danger of perpetual suburbanization from the Urban Land Institute

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As Minnesota's Cities Grow, Townships Fade Away

More and more townships are choosing to join up with cities

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The U.S. Cities With the Most Leftover to Spend ... After Paying for Housing

The differences across metro areas are considerable

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The Best CityReads of 2011

10 of our favorite city-focused pieces of long-form journalism published this year

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Stuck, or Content?

What Richard Florida misunderstood about why people spend their lives in places like Ohio

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2012 Will Be a Year of Destruction in Lagos

Government targets poorly constructed buildings amid a string of collapses

The World's Housing Bubble

New data from the IMF suggests that many countries may be on their way to their own housing crises

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Visualizing the Chicago River Reversal

A recently uncovered collection of photographs documents this engineering feat

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Feds Sue Over Tough Chicago Vacant Buildings Law

Who should be responsible for abandoned homes? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say "not us"

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The Challenge of Managing Diversity

Lessons I learned from two communities on opposite sides of the world

Chart of the Day: Which Cities Have the Least Affordable Housing?

Hint: It's not New York

A Rapidly Sprawling Community Tries to Save Itself

A county outside of Atlanta develops an ambitious smart growth plan

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Smart Growth Advocates Shouldn't Ignore Rural Communities

Small towns deserve funding too

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The Missing Link of Climate Change: Single-Family Suburban Homes

It doesn’t solve the problem to buy a hybrid and retrofit your house if all of that takes place 20 miles from your job