Housing

Quantifying the Cost of Sprawl

In infrastructure, service delivery and tax receipts.

China's Property Values Are Skyrocketing, With No End in Sight

Even strict controls haven't been able to stop them.

Does Living Near Fast Food Restaurants Increase Your Risk of Obesity?

Research looking at African Americans in Houston finds a significant correlation.

The Inequality of Urban Tree Cover

Minorities are significantly more likely to live in heat-prone neighborhoods that will be particularly at risk with climate change.

Transforming Public Housing, Minus the Wrecking Ball

New York's overhaul offers room not only for new, revenue-producing housing but the creation of whole neighborhoods.

A Tumblr of Utterly Terrible 'Affordable' Apartments

"Top bunk is $500 per month, bottom bunk is $600 per month."

Maps

Where Working Households Are Struggling the Most to Pay Their Rent

More than a quarter of America's working renter households now spend a majority of their income on rent.

If Martin Amis Is Actually Tired of Brooklyn, He's Probably Barely Seen It

Stop stereotyping the borough and start actually exploring it, you ninnies.

How Americans' Taste in Houses Has Evolved Over the Last Century

From tin ceilings to pot shelves.

Why the 'Rent Is Too Damn High' Guy Still Matters

As zany and unrealistic as his campaign is, the message is undeniably, brutally true.

A Sure-Fire Way to Brighten Up Drab Housing Stock, No Razing Required

In Panama City, Spanish urban art collective Boa Mistura decked out a building in a colorful, collaborative graffiti project.

Domestic Violence Survivors Who Call the Cops Risk Eviction in Some Places

Some cities require landlords to evict tenants who call 911 3 times within 4 months. The rule puts women in grave danger.

Videos

How Cities Can Lead the Fight Against Trash

Ideas for helping cities better manage their enormous waste streams.

Housing Status Plays a Surprisingly Large Role in Post-Disaster Distress

Traditionally, researchers have focused on race, class, and gender to explain mental anguish. A new study suggests they've ignored an key factor.

Renting the American Dream

A new study finds a major shift in attitudes about renting and home ownership.

Maps

The Case for (Selective) Squatting

Sometimes, it can be in a city's best interest to encourage the people who do it.

How Diverse Schools Could Help Fight the Worst Effects of Gentrification

Done right, they might enable "meaningful social interaction" between a neighborhood's new arrivals and its existing residents.

Beijing's Bomb Shelter-Dwellers May Be Making a Rational Choice About Their Commute

The Chinese capital estimates 10 percent of its population lives in tiny, below-ground apartments. Are they crazy or clever?