Housing

The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

A Painstaking New Study Reveals the Persistence of U.S. Racial Segregation

Racial segregation doubled between 1880 and 1940 all across the country, in rural areas as well as cities.

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This Start-Up Helps Freelancers Get Mortgages

Privlo wants to become the go-to lender for the self-employed and others whose incomes aren't tied to traditional jobs.

How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

Is YIMBYism the Next Big Single-Issue Political Platform?

One San Francisco mayoral candidate is making "Yes in My Back Yard" her mission statement.

Maps

Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

When Sex Means Survival for LGBTQ Teens

A new study reveals the reasons that LGBTQ teens find themselves pushed into the sex trade—and why the cycle is so hard to break.

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Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl?

Boomers and Millennials say they want to live in compact, walkable developments, but builders are putting their money into suburban McMansions.

'Nobody My Age Can Afford to Stay Here Forever'

London billboards are sharing the stories of people moving both to and from the rapidly changing city. Some of them are quite painful to read.

Videos

'Hotel 22': Silicon Valley's All-Night Rolling Homeless Shelter

Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo's new short offers an up-close look at how public buses help the homeless survive in one of America's wealthiest counties.

Maps

Is Your Neighborhood Healthy for Children?

A new interactive tool rates neighborhoods on the "Child Opportunity Index"—a quality-of-life scale for young residents.

Videos

An Oscars-Weekend Reminder to Be Good to Your Neighbors

Remembering the Academy Award-winning work of Norman McLaren, whose 1952 commentary on suburbia still resonates.

The Citizen Journalists of Rio's Slums: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Videos

The Fear and Fortune of Mumbai's Human Pyramids

A short film explores why India's controversial sport is so important for three slum residents.

Suicides Related to Foreclosure and Eviction Doubled During the Housing Crisis

A new report makes plain some of the grim results of housing-related stressors, and suggests practices that could save lives.

The Science of Cities Applies to Ancient Mexico, Too

New research suggests the social benefits of dense urban areas might follow timeless rules.

The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit

All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.

Why LGBTQ Seniors Need a Housing Strategy of Their Own

A new coalition of advocacy groups aims to help cities plan affordable housing geared toward the aging LGBTQ community.