These Infographics Use Objects on City Streets to Show Urban Statistics

There’s been no shortage of street art trying to make a point about the inequality of cities. But here’s a clever idea that not only illustrates some horrifying facts, it also gives some real-world context that’s impossible to ignore: These infographics have been wheatpasted onto actual urban infrastructure right out… » 5/08/15 3:45pm 5/08/15 3:45pm

San Francisco's Plan to Turn Stadium Parking Into Affordable Housing

The affordable housing crisis in San Francisco has reached a fever pitch, with even George Lucas helping out. Here’s another smart solution that chips away at the problem: Swapping a parking lot with a new neighborhood, courtesy of one of the city’s most influential landowners, the San Francisco Giants. » 5/05/15 12:07pm 5/05/15 12:07pm

George Lucas Wants To Build Affordable Housing on His Skywalker Ranch

Having safely outsourced the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas can focus on his real estate projects. He’s got his museum in Chicago, and now, an affordable housing project proposed for his own Skywalker Ranch. Those who can’t afford San Francisco could live just over the Golden Gate Bridge in what’s otherwise one of… » 4/17/15 7:45pm 4/17/15 7:45pm

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

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