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U.S. Cities Where Homeowners Stay Put the Longest

A study identifies cities where people stay in their homes longer, and they tend to be at either end of the income and home values spectrum.

February 14, 2020 - The New York Times

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New 'Affordability Index' Shows How Far Money Goes in New York City

(Not very far.)

June 27, 2019 - Curbed New York


Middle-Class Seniors Losing Access to Housing and Healthcare

In the next decade, the number of middle-income seniors who can't afford assisted living will nearly double.

April 29, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Mass Shootings

Where Mass Shootings Happen

It's tempting to try to find a link between sites of mass shootings, but data shows they happen in all types of American communities.

March 7, 2018 - CityLab

Homeless Services

New Poverty and Income Data Reveals a Tale of Two Types of Cities

While the country overall made progress, larger cities are making stronger gains against poverty.

September 19, 2017 - Brookings

Washington D.C.

Which Cities Are Gentrifying?

Walkable cities with strong downtowns are closing the economic gap with suburbia, while sprawling cities—even those with high population growth—are not doing as well.

January 18, 2017 - Michael Lewyn

Section 8 Kids

Study: Children Benefit From Public Housing

New research challenges prevailing wisdom on the best kind of housing assistance.

October 31, 2016 - The Washington Post

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Planetizen Week in Review: September 17, 2016

This week featured good news on the economy like it was pre-2008.

September 17, 2016 - Planetizen

Wall Street

U.S. Census Has Good News About Income and Poverty

Finally, some very, very good news: The U.S. Census released data that shows broad, big gains in household incomes.

September 15, 2016 - Vox

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The New Housing Crisis: Declining Homeownership, Increasing Rental Costs

Research from the Urban Institute identifies market and demographic trends that could mean a future housing market that will stand in stark contrast to the "subprime mania of the early 2000s."

June 9, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

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Report: Which American Cities Are the Most Unequal

According to Brookings, this research is intended to inform local debates over the minimum wage. Drawing on Census data, the report finds that astronomical income gains are still concentrated among the biggest cities.

March 28, 2015 - Brookings Institution


Income is How You Get Out of Poverty, Assets are How You Stay Out

In our work to build communities of opportunity where low-income people and people of color can thrive, we must acknowledge that income is how you get out of poverty, assets are how you stay out.

January 27, 2015 - Rooflines

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Interactive Map Shows Wage Requirements for Rent Affordability

A post by Matthew Yglesias for Vox shows how much you would need to earn an hour to be able to afford a median rental property in your city.

December 14, 2014 - Vox

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

How Homeownership Has Kept Black Americans from Realizing MLK's Dreams

Fifty years ago today, participants in the March on Washington were seeking to narrow the economic gap between America's blacks and whites. After five decades, that gulf remains. Vauhini Vara explains how homeownership is partly to blame.

August 28, 2013 - The New Yorker

San Francisco Density

Do You Make Enough to Live Where You Work?

What if the people who keep a city running -- including urban planners -- can't afford to live there? An updated database highlights the gap between incomes and housing costs in hundreds of U.S. cities.

August 16, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Mapping Transportation and Health in the United States

What is the relationship between car travel and health outcomes in the United States? Ariel Godwin and Anne Price challenge the claim that more time in the car decreases your health by looking at the impacts of education, income, and employment rates.

January 16, 2012 - Anne Price

Map Shows Correlation Between Poverty and Riots in London

This interactive map from The Guardian overlays recent incidences of rioting in greater London with levels of poverty.

August 10, 2011 - The Guardian

The Best Cities for Making a Living

U.S. News and World Report recently evaluated the cities where real income (what your paycheck can buy, considering the cost of living) is the highest. Des Moines, Iowa takes the top slot.

June 6, 2011 - Creative Class

Census Proves That Downtowns Are Coming Back

Earlier this week, the new American Community Survey data was released. Daniel Nairn writes that the new data show "a reversal of the 20th century story of urban decline."

December 18, 2010 - SustainableCitiesCollective

The Most Dynamic Cities in the Post-Crash World

A new report from the Brookings Institution lists the 30 most dynamic cities in the world -- cities that are recovering from the global economic downturn with growth in employment and income.

December 3, 2010 - The Atlantic

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