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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.

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

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

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Mapping America's Intractable Homelessness Problem

A new data project aims to help people understand one of the country’s most complex and enduring challenges.

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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.

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Mosque NIMBYism: The Neighborhood Muslim Ban

In communities across the U.S., zoning laws are being used to obstruct the construction of new mosques and Islamic centers.

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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.

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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.

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This Month in Urbanism: April 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: NYC’s secrets, prosperity for all, taking back Paris, and living small in Seattle.

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Notes From a Firebombing

A deadly arson in Baltimore raises a difficult question: Why can’t cities both house the poor and keep them safe?


How To End Housing Discrimination Against Transgender People

When it comes to housing access, New York City is an especially hard place to live for trans and gender non-conforming people.


In Atlantic City, a New Master Plan Confronts an Old Problem

With the troubled town now largely overseen by state authorities, residents may have very little say in their own future.

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Why Immigrants Are Leaving Chicago

The city has long depended on an influx of immigrants, but they’ve stopped moving there—and the ones who already live there often can’t stay.

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Can Andrew Cuomo Really Deliver On His Housing Promises?

An advocacy group estimates that frozen funding has resulted in the lost production of 1,000 affordable housing units per month since April 2016.


The High Price of a Divided City

Who bears the economic burdens of segregation?

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The Push to Build More 'Granny Flats'

Vancouver leads North America in accessory dwelling units. To fight a shortage of affordable housing, some U.S. cities are following suit.  

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Madrid Wants Its Seniors to Find Roommates

To cut loneliness and costs, the Spanish capital region wants older citizens to move in together.

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Where the American Dream Lives and Dies

The urban-rural divide is real, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.