Housing

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The Colossal Expectations of D.C.'s Newest Metro Line

There's not much riding on the Silver Line except the future of the American suburb as we know it. 

St. Stephen's Human Services

The Lives of America's Homeless

An oral-history project seeks to document some of the least-heard voices in society: those with no permanent address. 

Brian Whitty

Peak Eviction Came to San Francisco Back in the 1990s

The tech boom has seen a rise in renter evictions, but the practice was perfected during the dot com madness of the late '90s.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010

Two maps and six charts take sprawl rankings to another level.

Mark Byrnes

Funeral for a Philadelphia Rowhouse

On the eve of its demolition, a memorial service remembers the life of one of the last homes on a single block in the Mantua neighborhood. 

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Reuters

We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

A process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.

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The Racist Housing Policy That Made Your Neighborhood

The freewheeling opportunity associated with 20th-century California was not available to black residents, and that exclusion reverberates in our neighborhoods and communities today.

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The Average London Home Gained Enough Value in the Past 6 Months to Put a Kid Through University

The average price for a home in London is now £459,000, or $773,000.

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USPS Mail Carriers Are Also Collecting Crucial Housing Data

The U.S. Postal Service compiles information on every address in the country almost every day. Here's what they do with the numbers.

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Why Julián Castro's Record as Mayor of San Antonio Doesn't Necessarily Tell Us Much About His Future at HUD

Unlike the strong-mayor governments of Chicago or New York, San Antonio's government is led by a city manager. 

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Bil Malbon

The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance

Living and loving in a super small space requires ... unique compromises. 

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Browsing an Incredible New 'Social Atlas of London'

With Londonmapper, we can visualize anything from knife crime to hedgehog sightings in the British capital.

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It's Not Always a Bad Thing for Rents to Rise With Transit Growth

If displacement is kept in check, there are great social benefits to reducing household transportation costs.

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The Future of America's Public Housing Stock: Demolition by Neglect

In D.C., federal funding to renovate or maintain existing affordable housing units has been cut virtually in half. 

Reuters

Are Student Loans Really Killing the Housing Market?

It's obvious: Student debt is crushing demand for homes. So, why doesn't the realtor data show it?

Reuters

Where the U.S. Middle Class Can Still Afford to Buy a House

Hint: It's a lot easier in Cleveland than it is in San Francisco.

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Does New Mass Transit Always Have to Mean Rapidly Rising Rents?

U.S. cities big and small are struggling to welcome transit development while preserving affordable housing.

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By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go?

A new documentary looks at what happened after the city tore down 14,000 units of public housing.