Housing

Brian Snyder / Reuters

Could Building Thousands of Parks Fix the Real Estate Market?

A new initiative seeks to revive empty commercial land as public space

Reuters

Baby Steps for Baltimore's Vacant Housing Plan

Program tries to streamline purchase of thousands of vacant properties

Preserving a Canadian Ghost Town

A website chronicles the stories of a deserted town in a 'scrapbook with superpowers'

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

CityFixer
Flickr/Danielle Scott

What Are The Best Ways to Combat Homelessness?

The best responses from this week's The Big Fix

Flickr/Ed Yourdon

Why Chicago Couldn't End Homelessness

In 2003, Richard Daley promised to house every resident by 2012. Nine years later, the city's nowhere near meeting that goal

Flickr/Rob Shenk

Why Suburbs Near Cities Weather Recessions Better

Housing recovery comes quicker to inner-ring suburbs in DC, where commutes are shorter and towns are walkable

Maps

Where Homeowners Are Underwater

Obama has a new plan to help owners refinance their mortgages, but some places will benefit more than others

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Andy Clark / Reuters

Vancouver Aims to 'End' Homelessness

In an ambitious new plan, the city pledges to house every resident by 2015

Is Gentrification Always Bad for Revitalizing Neighborhoods?

If done right, cities can preserve their character while bringing in new business

Michael Mehaffy

In Defense of Portland's Orenco Station

A rebuttal to a recent Atlantic Cities story on the shortcomings of the New Urbanist community in Oregon

A pool hall is constructed on a Karachi roadway median. Courtesy Steve Inskeep

In Karachi, Irregular Neighborhoods Are Anything But

An estimated half of the population of Pakistan's largest city lives in unauthorized homes

John Gress / Reuters

Who's Buying Foreclosed Homes and Why It's a Problem

Program aimed at stabilizing neighborhoods adds to problem of vacant homes

The Suburbanization of Housing Vouchers

Race, geography and jobs among drivers behind rise in suburban voucher use

REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Place, Not Race, May Better Explain America's Health Disparities

Health differences between blacks and whites all but disappear in diverse neighborhoods, a new study shows

Reuters

Desperately Seeking Stability in Cleveland's Fragile Housing Market

The threat of foreclosure still looms large in metropolitan Cleveland

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

How to Steal a House and (Almost) Get Away With It

Police put an end to a Georgia woman's elaborate foreclosure squatting plan

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Growing Up in Poor Neighborhoods Can Have a 'Devastating' Impact

A new study sheds light on just how much the quality of a neighborhood can affect a child's future success

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Payton Chung

Cutting Car Use at the Neighborhood Level

8 European projects show how design and planning can reduce automobile dependence