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The Hopes and Fears Around Ben Carson's Favorite Public Housing Program

HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program tries to save public housing units by transferring them to the private sector. It’s earned bipartisan support, but some housing advocates worry about accountability.

How to Find Your Real Sister City

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

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Learning From Two Months of Illuminating Abandoned Homes

Breathing Lights shined a light on the thousands of vacant residencies in the Capital Region. Now what?

Urban Land Insitute

Two Takes on the Fate of Future Cities

A conversation between Ed Glaeser and Richard Florida on what urban policy needs to work towards in an uncertain future.

Matt Rourke/AP

Why Is Affordable Housing So Expensive?

Limited city budgets and rising building costs create a recipe for disaster.

Oliver Clasper

Focusing on the Hidden Horror of American Lynchings

A British photojournalist is training his camera on the sites of the South’s ugliest open secret.

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.

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Meet the 'New Urban Luddites'

We need a stronger word than ‘NIMBY’ to describe how destructive “winner-take-all” urbanism can be.

Lab Report
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Lab Report: Is Trump Warming to the Paris Climate Deal?

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Readers' Comments: The Hourly Wage Required to Rent a Two-Bedroom Apartment

“It's expensive to live in desirable places.”

David Ryder/Reuters

The World's Most Stubborn Real Estate Holdouts

In the face of development, some steadfast souls refuse to budge.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Who Will Buy Baby Boomers' Homes?

Years ago, housing experts predicted a housing crisis brought on by “the great senior sell-off.” But the seniors aren’t selling—yet.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Why It Would Be a Mistake to Cut This HUD Program

A new Urban Institute report corrects the record on the benefits and flaws of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Scott Pease

In Cleveland, a Historic Hospital Is Again a Point of Pride

When St. Luke’s Hospital closed its doors in 1998, it left a hole in its neighborhood. Today, after a massive restoration, it hosts affordable housing, a school, and space for local nonprofits.

Lab Report
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Lab Report: Carson Says Good HUD Programs Will Be Preserved

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Stephen A. Miller

Portland's Next Density Spurt

Flashy new residential projects near the Burnside Bridge suggest the expansion of the Rose City's urban core has leaped across the Willamette River.

Matt Rourke/AP

Why Housing Policy Should Be Health Policy

The features of urban decay can have a powerful effect on the overall wellness of a community. But these health impacts are often left relatively unexamined.


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.

Lab Report
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The Lab Report: Idealizing Main Street and Fixing the Gig Economy

A morning roundup of the day’s news.