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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.

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Documenting the Struggles of the Detroit Fire Department

Muckraker Steve Neavling has uncovered everything from busted rigs to broken hydrants to fragile pipes.

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Google Wants to Help You Install Solar Rooftop Panels

The tech giant’s new tool, Project Sunroof, tells you how much sun you get and how much money you could save.


A Big Turnout for a Tiny House 'Jamboree'

The crowd of 40,000 quadrupled the expected attendance.


'Show Me a Hero' Is 'More Resonant Today Than When I Wrote It'

Journalist Lisa Belkin, whose 1999 book was adapted for the HBO series, talks about what’s changed—and what hasn’t—in Yonkers and beyond.

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'Show Me a Hero': Welcome to Yonkers

The HBO miniseries from The Wire creator David Simon follows an embattled city resisting efforts to build public housing.


The Fair Housing Fight in 'Show Me a Hero' Is Happening in Every City in America

David Simon’s HBO miniseries, premiering Sunday, looks back at a specific time and place. But the same issues are boiling over today.

Justin Palmer

Mapping Where the Poor Are Getting Poorer in American Cities

A new series of maps tell the grim story of how concentrated poverty persists in the U.S.

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Why It’s So Hard to Measure Residential Displacement

A new study of London is the latest to find mixed evidence for the downsides of gentrification.

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A Black Man's Journey Through 'Whitopia'

In a TED talk, author Rich Benjamin shares his eye-opening stay in America’s whitest communities.

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The Fragile State of Housing in Ferguson

The city is falling behind the county, state, and nation in terms of the recovery.

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What Should Become of America’s Slums?

Efforts to dismantle segregation may take resources away from some of the poorest communities, where investment is most needed.

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This 1940s House-Building Machine Was the Original 3-D Printer

It supposedly could crank out a two-bedroom home in 24 hours.

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How Can Cities Get Renters to Use Less Water?

California's drought demands an answer, but as homeownership rates drop, the question has implications for the whole country.

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The Beauty of Africa's Traditional Architecture, In One Big Database

It includes centuries-old buildings made with mud and entire cities built on stilts.

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America's Biggest Problem Is Concentrated Poverty, Not Inequality

Addressing income inequality is important, but worsening economic segregation has far more compounding effects.

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The Resurrection of America's Slums

After falling in the 1990s, the number of poor people living in high-poverty areas has been growing fast.

Greg Scruggs

Turning Mud Huts Into Apartment Towers in Nairobi’s Biggest Slum

An upgrading program in Kibera has taken more than a decade, but is helping to change Africa's conversation about how to handle informal urban neighborhoods.