Housing

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Why It's Cheaper to Buy a House in the Winter

"It's a bit like searching for bargains in a leftovers' sale," but the payoff can be big.

Urban Land Conservancy

Part Land Bank, Part Community-Focused Credit Line

Denver's Urban Land Conservancy aims to put transit-oriented development to work for the greater good.

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How to 'Live Slow' in the City That Never Stops

William Powers, author of New Slow City, rebels against America's obsession with stuff, long work hours, and quick fixes.

IGI-USA

What the World Doesn't Need Are Steampunk Luxury Condos

A new Manhattan development is geared towards rich, "creative" people who want all the glamor of the wretched 19th century, but also really nice hardwood floors.

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A Wider Wage Gap Means More African-American Deaths, but Not White Ones

A new study reveals race plays a surprisingly major role in the number of deaths that income inequality contributes to.

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Kim Stringfellow

The Last Homesteads of Wonder Valley, California

Remnants of a final wave of federal land grants, hundreds of 1950s "jackrabbit homesteads" still haunt a distant corner of the Mojave desert.

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What Can 'the Mystery' of Cell-Phone Data Tell Us About What a City Needs?

Tracking communication patterns can help city planners improve digital and other infrastructure by revealing the behaviors of residents.

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Why an Affluent Suburb Rallied Behind Affordable Housing

A church and an interfaith housing group got Edina, Minnesota, to back a new project for at-risk youth—although a few holdouts remain.

Georgia Perry

In Portland, a Contested Tent City Offers the 'Right 2 Dream Too'

R2D2 gives the city's homeless just a sleeping bag and a communal tent for the night. The homeless run it, too—allowing others to survive on the streets on their own terms.

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National Journal

How Silicon Valley Created America's Largest Homeless Camp

Welcome to "The Jungle," where casualties of Silicon Valley's last tech boom now find themselves struggling to survive.

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Sam Price-Waldman

The Pros and Cons of Living in a Treehouse

These are homes for the kid in all of us—and grown-ups looking at housing from different vantage point.

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Can You Afford to Flip a House? Now Is the Time

Due to an enduring credit crunch, house-flipping has reached its lowest level in 5 years—but the practice is more profitable than ever.

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A What's-Next Moment for San Francisco's Housing Crisis

As in, what happens if there is no near-term solution to San Francisco's housing crisis?

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Choose One, Millennials: Upward Mobility or Affordable Housing

The paradox of the American Dream: The best cities to get ahead are often the most expensive places to live, and the most affordable places to live can be the worst cities to get ahead.

Flickr/Stewart Chambers

Why London Renters Often Have Fewer Rights Than Those in Other Expensive Cities

Margaret Thatcher's legacy can still be felt in today's "revenge evictions" controversy.

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Expanding a Kid's Ideas About 'Home'

Four households around the world reveal unique yet familiar domestic experiences in an immersive new app.

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Three Ways Cities Try (and Fail) to Solve Homelessness

By making it a crime to feed the homeless, cities just hide the problem—and punish both those making an immediate impact and those who have already borne the brunt of a broken system.

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Declining Walkability Plays a Big Role in China's Obesity Problem

But it's the middle class, not the poor who may pay the biggest price.