Kriston Capps

How to Find Your Real Sister City

The Chicago Fed’s new data-mapping tool can identify towns with sibling connections.

Brennan Linsley/AP

The Down Payment Is Too Damned High

But the federal government’s best answer for renters’ number-one obstacle to first-time homeownership could be facing a big reform push in Congress.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

No, Police Should Not Fine Cyclists Who Wear Headphones

Ticky-tacky penalties are no way to accomplish Vision Zero, especially if they won’t be enforced equitably.

AP

Tracking the Shadow of Public Housing Budget Cuts

Anticipating billions in cuts to HUD's budget, public-housing authorities that allocate Section 8 housing vouchers are already starting to hold back.

Andrew Burton/Reuters

New York Can't Afford to Lose Its Foreclosure Prevention Services Now

The program has helped tens of thousands of families escape mortgage default. The state can’t let those funds dry up.

Norsk Telegrambyra AS/Reuters

In California, Landlords Threaten Immigrant Tenants with Deportations

Housing lawyers are reporting a troubling trend: Landlords exploiting the growing fear of immigration authorities to evict tenants, raise rents, and clear residents from gentrifying neighborhoods.

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Who's Following Ben Carson?

CarsonWatch.org, that’s who. The HUD secretary’s every move is being closely monitored online by a confederation of housing advocates.

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Keep Metro Bleak!

The raw concrete vaults of Washington, D.C.’s subway system are landmarks of Brutalist design. That hasn’t stopped transit officials from messing with them.  

Chip Somodevilla/AP

Thwarting Cities in the Trump Era

State government gives the GOP a platform to keep acting as the opposition party—against “liberal cities.”

Kushner Companies/Zaha Hadid Architects

666 Fifth Avenue Is the Perfect Symbol for the Trump Era

From its shady financing to its spectacular design, Zaha Hadid's 666 Fifth Avenue captures the Trumpian moment.

Kamran Jebreili/AP

The Many Mysteries of the Muslim Laptop Ban

A new Homeland Security rule will ban electronics on flights from airports in Muslim-majority countries. Is this protectionism or prudence? Well, it’s complicated.

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Trump's Budget: Expect Reagan-Era Levels of Homelessness

Deep cuts to HUD could exacerbate the nation’s already severe affordable housing crisis.

Mike Segar/Reuters

President Trump's Border Wall Won't Be a Wall

The latest twist in the Homeland Security solicitation for a border wall: It doesn’t need to be a wall.

Mark Lennihan/AP

Ride-Hailing Makes Any Snow Crisis Worse

Uber, Lyft, and delivery-on-demand apps put unnecessary drivers on the road during winter weather—and we all end up paying for it.

Gregory Bull/AP

The Firm That Built the Border Fence Isn't Interested in the Border Wall

At least not yet.

Susan Walsh/AP

Dear Ben Carson: Start Making Sense

With major budget cuts looming for HUD, it’s time for the cabinet secretary to stand up for whatever it is he believes.

John Antczak/AP

11 Percent of Voters Decided the Future of Los Angeles

L.A. rejected Measure S, a moratorium on new housing construction, by big margins. But it should never have been put to voters in the first place.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Here's What Global Building Companies Say About Designing Trump's Wall

So far, few of the firms that have expressed interest in the border wall project have the resources to pull it off.