Housing

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Where Homeowners Are Underwater

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

CityFixer
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

CityFixer
Payton Chung

Cutting Car Use at the Neighborhood Level

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

Gary Lerude

The Economics of Urban Trees

A little greenery can go a long way when it comes to property values

Courtesy of the Community Design Collaborative

Redeveloping Former Industrial Sites Doesn't Mean Giving Up on Industry

Brownfield projects in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Toledo aim to reimagine what manufacturing means in America

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

America's Housing Stock Mismatch

As household sizes continue to fall, the size of our homes keeps getting bigger

Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

The Case for Strengthening Urban Property Rights

We'll never escape from NIMBY sentiments, but local governments can take steps to ensure everyone benefits from new development

University of Colorado

America's 20 Most Economically Vibrant College Towns

With better jobs markets and high levels of state funding, these U.S. cities offer a lot more than just a place to go to school

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The Booming, Busting Geography of College Enrollment

As home values fluctuate, so too does a family's ability to borrow money to pay for school