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Is Housing Catching Up?

New Census numbers show big population gains in America's big cities. According to our analysis, new housing in some cities may be finally making a dent in years of pent-up demand.

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Is the Urban Renaissance Over?

The suburbs might be growing faster right now, but don’t be glum about the prospects for urban growth and revitalization.

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Lab Report: Return of the Suburbs

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

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The Cruelest Cut in Trump's Housing Budget

The White House proposes cuts to HUD that top 13 percent. Among the victims: the National Housing Trust Fund, a resource devoted exclusively to America’s most vulnerable households.

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Marijuana Growers Sow Displacement Fears in Denver

The city’s cultural community supported the movement to legalize recreational cannabis—but now artists are competing with “ganjapreneurs” for cheap industrial space.

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Police Officers' Suicides

Local efforts and federal laws are softening the macho culture and opening up new avenues for cops to ask for help.

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One Cyclist's Photographic Trek Through the Rust Belt

Ken Ashton’s photos from Portsmouth, Ohio, compiled after years of cycling there from Columbus, document a community left behind by time.

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Lab Report: Airbnb Touts Progress in Working With Cities

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

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Can Philadelphia's Next District Attorney Follow Through on Reform?

The seven Democratic candidates competing in Tuesday’s primary have big goals for the city’s justice system. But there’s no telling if they’ll be able to succeed where others have failed.

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Gentrification Doesn't Mean Diversity

A historically black D.C. neighborhood markets its diversity to lure Millennials. But what happens when the new arrivals never interact with the longtime residents?

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The 5 Scariest Things About Jeff Sessions's New War on Drugs

Four criminal justice experts weigh in on what the attorney general is saying in his memo on federal drug sentencing.

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Who Really Makes Money Off of Bail Bonds?

A new report finds that the global insurance companies underwriting bonds are reaping their rewards while shouldering virtually none of their risk.

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A Dream Of Good Housing In Moscow

An early ‘60s film captures the allure of the Soviet-style apartment living. More than 50 years later, these same housing complexes are facing deterioration and demolition.

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What's Behind the Rise of MS-13?

The street gang that stalks the suburbs of Long Island has become a focus of President Trump’s efforts to link immigration and crime.


Gentrification, Roman-Style

A working-class neighborhood in Rome is being transformed by a tide of newcomers seeking grit, guts, and authenticity. But there’s a twist.


We're Moving to These Fictional Cities

CityLab is shopping for real estate in made-up places.


When Housing Assistance Fails

An NPR and PBS investigation puts two housing assistance programs under the microscope—and finds fraud, discrimination, and wasted taxpayer dollars.

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For Urban Preservationists, Six Big Saves

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new list of the most endangered places in the U.S. looks back at 30 years of going to bat for buildings in need.

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How Trump Could Spend $1 Trillion to Fix America

As the White House prepares a massive infrastructure plan, experts weigh in on how they would spend that money to repair the country’s decrepit transportation and water systems.