Housing

Why the Most Environmental Building is the Building We've Already Built

A new report suggests that retrofitting is almost always more energy efficient

The Most and Least Affordable Housing in America

A new report blames land use restrictions for driving up prices, but there's much more to it than that

Homeless Killings Amid Affluence Highlight Increasing Violence

Experts see a growing desensitization to the homeless

A Community Demolished With Just 5 Days Warning

An upgrading effort in Kenya's slum leaves thousands homeless

Study of the Day: HUD's Housing Legacy

Does moving residents from high-poverty neighborhoods to low-poverty ones work?

Concert of the Day: A Free Show at the Epicenter of Homelessness in L.A.

Street festival aims to reduce the stigma of Skid Row

The Problem With Blaming Food Deserts

With less concentrated poverty, food access issues get more complex

Where Does Crime Go After Public Housing Projects Are Demolished?

Researchers track the diffusion of crime over time to see what happens when dysfunctional housing projects are at last replaced

Rent of the Day: $375

The yearly cost of living in a tent city in Port-au-Prince

How Gay Populations Influence Housing Prices

A new study finds that whether home values go up or down as same-sex households increase depends on a neighborhood's political slant

Fixing the Rust Belt by Shrinking It

New studies suggest that we can revitalize the Rust Belt by increasing core density

Map of the Day: Florida’s Ongoing Mortgage Problem

High rates of foreclosure plague the state’s metros, but there are some reasons for hope

Life in an African Slum

A photographer challenges typical Western portrayals of Africa, asking: "who do these photos serve?"

The Year in Ideas

A round-up of my most provocative and meaningful 2011 columns

In Defense of Phoenix

What Andrew Ross gets wrong in his book about the city's flawed sustainability initiatives

9 Ways the Housing Industry Has Failed Us

A new report lists the temporary and systemic issues keeping the industry from helping the economy recover

Videos

Warning of Urban Sprawl...in 1959

A Hitchcockian take on the danger of perpetual suburbanization from the Urban Land Institute

As Minnesota's Cities Grow, Townships Fade Away

More and more townships are choosing to join up with cities