Housing

CityFixer

How High Design Can Help the Homeless

Beautiful social housing in Los Angeles is trying to change the lives of its residents and the way communities feel about them.

Texas: Housing Juggernaut

The Lone Star State continues to dominate when it comes to new home construction.

Metaphor of the Day: D.C.'s Housing Market Is the Titanic, Iceberg in Sight

Thousands of new units are set to open in 2013. Will that bring rents down?

Videos

Famous Glasgow Slum Meets 600 Lbs. of Explosives

The '60s-era Red Road Flats complex was once seen as the solution to urban overcrowding in Scotland; now it's turning to rubble.

Chart(s) of the Day: How D.C.'s Infrastructure Is Changing

There are many more apartment buildings, for one thing.

The Right Way to Engage Residents in a Neighborhood Redesign

In Denver, a new model of how to revitalize older, distressed public housing sites in an ambitious yet sensitive way.

Why You Should Give Away Free Stuff To Your Neighbors

Research suggests that people who participate in Freecycle communities experience greater group identity and solidarity.

Why You Should Say 'Hello' to Strangers on the Street

On sidewalk psychology. 

Maps

A Fresh Look at Where Americans Are Underwater

A county-level look at where homes are worth less than the debt owed on them.

Washington's Growing Pains

D.C. is booming, but families, minorities and the poor may be left out.

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage

Seattle is building one of the country's biggest rooftop planting spaces.

Rent Bubble of the Day: $2,300 For a 1 Bedroom in North Dakota

An oil boom has caused prices to soar in one small city.

Mapping Vacant Properties to Make Quicker Sales

With thousands of vacant lots on hand, Philadelphia is trying to make it easier for people to buy them.

Census Accuracy Report Shakes Up Municipal Challenges

Cities might not want to question the nation's people counters.

The Best City Parks Systems in America

A new ParkScore metric from the Trust for Public Land names San Francisco and Sacramento the nation's best.

Will Chinese Investors Build a Chinese Town in Rural Michigan?

Or perhaps the better question is, can they?

Number of the Day: 418

That's how many new units of housing San Francisco added in 2011, the lowest since 1993.

U.S. Metros Are Ground Zero for Majority-Minority Populations

More than half of all babies now born in America are minorities. Here's how that's already playing out at the metropolitan level.