How I Learned to Love Supertalls (And Why You Should Too)

The New York skyline is defined by two things: height and change. While Manhattan's new buildings have always tended towards tall, the current wave of projects pushing the city back to the top of the global totem pole are "supertalls": skyscrapers standing over 1,000 feet. This is a good thing. » 10/03/14 4:15pm 10/03/14 4:15pm

Examining rap lyrics to measure quality of life in Compton. An ambitious housing plan from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. How Boston is changing thanks to one architecture firm. Why Atlanta is putting all its money on the BeltLine. Plus, Bike Month! All in this week's Urban Reads! » 5/12/14 4:00pm 5/12/14 4:00pm

An emerging maker culture building Cincinnati, a "Green Line" making a Mexican city healthier, and a car-free festival changing L.A.—all that, plus preserving post offices in an age of email and three plans to save San Francisco from a housing crisis, in this week's Urban Reads. » 1/27/14 3:40pm 1/27/14 3:40pm

7 Smart New Affordable Housing Projects Making Cities Stronger

The looming affordable housing crisis will likely be the biggest issue facing our cities in 2014. A convergence of cataclysmic real estate prices, a development slowdown, and a weak job market are squeezing low-income residents out of urban areas. But all is not dire: I found seven new projects that are bright spots… » 12/30/13 7:00am 12/30/13 7:00am

Here Is NYC's Most Gigantic Affordable Housing Project Since the 1960s

In a week defined by a powerful story about poverty and homelessness in New York, a bit of a bright spot: The City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development chose a scheme for a truly massive affordable housing development in Queens—all told, the development it's part of will add a whopping 5,000 units to… » 12/13/13 6:20pm 12/13/13 6:20pm