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"Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing"—as a new rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes to do—can vary widely, even in the same city. Exclusive
7 hours ago  By Kyle Smith and Brendan Saunders
<p>Government programs that subsidize energy-efficiency improvements in houses are being reconsidered as some claim the effort isn't worth the benefit.</p>
Oct 27, 2007   The Globe and Mail
<p>Now Canada'a most expensive housing market, downtown Vancouver is attracting more and more big-spending buyers and watching its property values skyrocket.</p>
Oct 26, 2007   The New York Times
<p>Increased development in wooded and fire-prone areas is one of the major causes of California's recent "megafires".</p>
Oct 25, 2007   The Christian Science Monitor
<p>Low vacancy rates are threatening to push younger populations out of Vancouver.</p>
Oct 24, 2007   The Globe and Mail
<p>This slideshow from <em>Wired</em> shows some examples of temporary, quick-build housing that can be used in post-disaster situations.</p>
Oct 23, 2007   Wired
<p>A home builder points to the "no-growth, anti-housing environmental alliance" that restricts greenfield development as the primary reason the Bay Area is unable to house its growing population.</p>
Oct 22, 2007   The San Francisco Chronicle
<p>Homebuyers increasingly look to developing downtown San Diego, California, as the site for their second homes.</p>
Oct 22, 2007   The New York Times
<p>Traditional public housing complexes are on the way out in Atlanta as the city looks to move all of its low-income residents to a system of renting with Section 8 housing vouchers.</p>
Oct 20, 2007   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
<p>In Houston, the only major U.S. city with no zoning laws, plans to construct a high-rise condo complex in an affluent neighborhood have residents outraged.</p>
Oct 19, 2007   The Wall Street Journal
<p>Two years after a prior proposal failed to pass, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has once again challenged the city's developers to help solve L.A.'s affordable housing crisis by including lower-cost units in new projects.</p>
Oct 19, 2007   The Los Angeles Times