Housing

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There's Basically No Way Not to Be a Gentrifier

It doesn't matter where you live. You're displacing someone, and making income segregation worse.

Nik Freeman

A Map of all the Places in the U.S. Where Nobody Lives

About 47 percent of the country is unoccupied.

Reuters

Population Growth in Dense U.S. Cities: Short-Term Correction or Long-Term Trend?

People are moving to city centers in record numbers, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a permanent change in where Americans want to live.  

Reuters

The Favelas Where World Cup Tourists Will Be Staying

Not all soccer fans can afford a swanky hotel by the beach. Property owners in some of Rio's slums are taking advantage.

AP

In the U.S., a Quick Walk to the Store Is a Rare Thing Indeed

Very few American cities offer residents the easiest way to grab healthy food fast. 

Traveling an Earthquake-Damaged Highway by Foot

After last week's earthquake, residents of Iquique, Chile, traveled by foot to reach tsunami-proof higher land.

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The Search for Affordable Housing Is Pushing the Middle Class to the Exurbs

Mapping where homes are out of reach for the median family.

Associated Press

The Future of Chicago's Most Infamous Public Housing Project

The Chicago Housing Authority has unveiled its redevelopment plan for Cabrini-Green.

Reuters

China's 'Fast Food Homes' Were Built Quickly and Cheaply, and They're Starting to Collapse

The destruction of a five-story building in Fenghua trapped at least six people.

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This Summer, Glasgow Plans to Blow Up Its Tallest Buildings on Live TV

Eye-catching maybe, but is celebrating the destruction of social housing really in good taste?

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Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A.

New animations show centuries of expansion in three global cities.

Associated Press

The Most (and Least) Affordable Places in America to Be a Baseball Fan

Boston Red Sox supporters need quite the chunk of change to enjoy a live game.

Reuters

A Day in the Life of the Most Unusual Building in Caracas

The unfinished corporate skyscraper has been a squat for thousands of locals since 2007.

Perez Architects

In the Lower Ninth Ward, a Fight Over Height

A plan to construct multi-unit buildings 7 stories tall has led to a battle in New Orleans.

AP

The U.S. Cities Where the Rich Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else

Wealthy Americans live more separate lives in Southern and Midwestern metros like Memphis and Detroit.

Reuters

3 Years After Fukushima, a Handful of Refugees Finally Return Home

A district inside the city of Tamura is letting people back in for the first time since 2011.

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How to Sell Poor, Inner-City Families on a Life in the Suburbs

This innovative Baltimore program moved thousands of residents to middle class neighborhoods. Most stayed.

Reuters

Londoners Like High Rises, But They Don't Want to Live in Them

Luckily, most couldn't afford the rent anyway.

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Is Your City's Street Grid Really a Grid?

This intriguing new visual maps the symmetry of urban layouts.