Shawn Escoffery

Why Louisiana Fought Low-Income Housing in New Orleans After Katrina

For four years during massive rebuilding, the state imposed a moratorium on all new subsidized housing. The city is still paying the price.

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How Much Does Your Family Need to Get By?

A new tool compares housing, food, child care, and other household costs in 618 American metros.

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The Piano That Can't Play a Tune

How the restoration of Fats Domino’s Steinway grand piano reflects the trajectory of post-Katrina New Orleans.

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10 Years Later, There's So Much We Don't Know About Where Katrina Survivors Ended Up

An incomplete picture of displacement and return in New Orleans, in maps.

Julie Ruvolo

In Rio’s Biggest Favela, One Flashy Project Thrives While Another Fails

As Rio invests for the Olympics, only some of the city’s upgrades are built to last.

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

When Racial Boundaries Are Blurry, Neighbors Take Complaints Straight to 311

In NYC, calls about noise and blocked driveways are most frequent in zones between racially homogenous neighborhoods.

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Florida’s New Target in the Fight Against Sprawl: Too Many Roads

Several counties have turned to “mobility fees” that discourage highway expansion and steer development toward cities.

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Life After Hurricane Katrina

Ten years later, a new study shows optimism among residents in New Orleans, but also persistent divides.


'Show Me a Hero' Breaks Ground

Yonkers finally complies with an order to build public housing, causing a mixed response of triumph, outrage, and acceptance from residents.


'Show Me a Hero': Where's the N-Word?

David Simon’s HBO mini-series shows how disparate impact can be just as destructive as explicit racism.

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A Housing Crisis Amid Tens of Thousands of Abandoned Homes

Ten years after Katrina, many New Orleans residents struggle to find an affordable place to live even though the city is full of vacant properties.


This Swimming Pool in the Sky Is the Ultimate Symbol of London's Affordability Crisis

Like affordable housing, it's way out of reach for most residents.

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America's Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Renters

We’re looking at you, New York, San Francisco, and L.A.

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Why Millennials Aren't Forming New Households

Young adults aren’t driving the growth in American households, and it’s not just because they’re still living with their parents.

Sonoran Institute

Walkability Comes to the American West

Mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly downtowns are the next frontier for the Rockies.

Shawn Escoffery

New Orleans, the Reluctant 'City Laboratory'

Ten years after Katrina, a complicated culture of “experiments” continues to shape the city.


Why Won't You Be My Neighbor?

A third of Americans say they've never interacted with the people living next door.

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The Uneven Success of America's Housing Policy

Section 8 is supposed to help people move to areas with less poverty, but it’s worked better in some places than others.