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The Algorithm That Could Save Vulnerable New Yorkers From Being Forced Out of Their Homes The Algorithm That Could Save Vulnerable New Yorkers From Being Forced Out of Their Homes

Early one morning in April 2013, a stranger knocked on Virginia Hanlon’s door, identifying himself as a building contractor. That was the first lie. 

Over 40,000 Airbnb Rentals Removed After Japan Adopts New Home-Sharing Law Over 40,000 Airbnb Rentals Removed After Japan Adopts New Home-Sharing Law

Heading to Japan next week? You should probably double-check your Airbnb rental, because it might be cancelled. The country will soon enforce a law requiring vacation rentals like Airbnb residences to be registered with the Japanese government, prompting the removal of more than 48,000 Japan-based Airbnb listings, and…

Destroyed Husk of Silicon Valley Home Sells for $938,000 Destroyed Husk of Silicon Valley Home Sells for $938,000

A burned-out husk of a home in San Jose, California that looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie—but which happens to be close to the proposed site of the $67 million Google Village lots—has sold for far more than its original listing price of $800,000.

A Burned-Out Husk of a House Is Selling for $800,000 in Silicon Valley A Burned-Out Husk of a House Is Selling for $800,000 in Silicon Valley

A fire-ravaged home in San Jose is selling for a staggering $800,000, local Fox affiliate KTVU reports. The high asking price is for both the abandoned home and the 5,800 square foot lot surrounding it.

The Last of Puerto Rico's Shelters Have Officially Closed The Last of Puerto Rico's Shelters Have Officially Closed

You won’t find any more shelters in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria survivors. The island closed its shelters for good Friday, March 9, nearly six months since the storm struck the U.S. territory, according to the Puerto Rican Department of Housing.

Facebook Still Lets Landlords Discriminate by Race and Disability in Apartment Ads Facebook Still Lets Landlords Discriminate by Race and Disability in Apartment Ads

Last year, an explosive investigation by ProPublica revealed that Facebook was allowing advertisers to discriminate in housing ads by enabling landlords to filter out people who might view a given ad by their race. And today ProPublica released a follow-up to that investigation. Did Facebook fix its…

Cities Need to Look Beyond Their Borders When Fighting Climate Change Cities Need to Look Beyond Their Borders When Fighting Climate Change

When you’re in a major city, it can be easy to forget about the outside world. But city life is not a hermetic experience—in fact, the environmental footprints of cities can stretch around the world. A new study shows that cities are overlooking a major source of emissions as they craft policies to transition toward a…

Pittsburgh Is Going Green, But Who Is Getting Left Behind? Pittsburgh Is Going Green, But Who Is Getting Left Behind?

PITTSBURGH — America’s storied “Steel City” is on the forefront of an energy revolution, transitioning from its long reliance on fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficient homes. In June, Mayor Bill Peduto joined an alliance of over 100 cities committing to solar and wind power. The announcement came only hours…

How a Genius Lived in a Storage Locker for $200 a Month

Actually trying to live out of a cheap storage locker goes against every single legal document you have to sign in order to rent it out, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, as YouTuber 007craft demonstrates.

Rich People Get Free* Houses in Silicon Valley Rich People Get Free* Houses in Silicon Valley

Are you a fresh-faced brogrammer with no money to spend on a house, but have a promising job at a company like Google, Twitter, or Facebook?

Facebook Is Building Apartments Anyone Can Rent—But There's a Huge Catch Facebook Is Building Apartments Anyone Can Rent—But There's a Huge Catch

Facebook could be your next landlord. In an effort to drum up support for the controversial expansion of its headquarters, the social media giant is trying to give back to the community by building at least 1,500 housing units that can be rented by the general public—not just Facebook employees.

The Best and Worst Ideas from San Francisco's Big Homelessness Project The Best and Worst Ideas from San Francisco's Big Homelessness Project

You might have noticed an uptick of stories about the Bay Area’s homeless crisis in your social media feeds recently. Dozens of news organizations worked together to coordinate the publication of stories on homelessness today—all of which are mean to specifically focus on solutions for housing the region’s homeless…

Only Three US Cities Have Good Jobs, Affordable Housing, and High Quality of Life Only Three US Cities Have Good Jobs, Affordable Housing, and High Quality of Life

When looking for a place to live, people are generally looking for three things: affordability, a strong economy, and good quality of life. Most US cities can only claim excellence in one of these areas. A dozen cities specialize in two. But if you truly want it all, you only have three choices.

This Is How Your City Got Crazy Expensive This Is How Your City Got Crazy Expensive

If you’ve been considering the idea of purchasing real estate, this map of “Million Dollar Listings” in the US’s priciest cities will make you want to roll up into the fetal position and bawl your eyes out.

This House Is Made From Cardboard This House Is Made From Cardboard

Welcome to the Wikkelhouse, a building that’s made not from concrete, brick or wood—but cardboard.

Millennials Will Live in Cities Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen Before Millennials Will Live in Cities Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen Before

It’s actually hard to know what to believe about millennials, the Americans born after 1980 who make up the largest generation in history. Every week there’s a new ground-shattering revelation about their lifestyles—but the most conflicting reports have to do with where they live.

YIMBY Groups Are Organizing Across the US to Make Cities Build More Housing YIMBY Groups Are Organizing Across the US to Make Cities Build More Housing

We know that the housing crises facing big American cities right now can be solved by building more housing. And we also know that for years, the construction of this new housing has been prevented by NIMBY groups—you know, those who say “Not In My Backyard.” Now YIMBY groups—yep, “Yes In My Backyard”—are organizing…

Airbnb Says It's Cracking Down on 'Unwelcome Commercial Operators' in SF

Airbnb has always claimed it’s a benevolent part of the sharing economy, simply helping homeowners get a little extra vacation cash, rather than a parasite driving up long-term rental costs. To prove that it’s serious, the company has announced a crackdown in San Fransisco.

Hell Yeah I'd Live Inside a Box in San Francisco for $400 Per Month Hell Yeah I'd Live Inside a Box in San Francisco for $400 Per Month

Peter Berkowitz is my new favorite guy. The 25-year-old illustrator recently moved to San Francisco and instead of settling for some landlord’s price-gouging, he found some other cool kids who let him build a box in their living room. Peter’s rent is just $400 a month.

Check the History of Any NYC Address Through Its 311 Complaint Record Check the History of Any NYC Address Through Its 311 Complaint Record

Chrome extensions can do so much more than transform presidential candidates into people with tiny hands. Take this brilliant Chrome extension that uses public 311 data to give you the often-frightening full story on any New York City property.

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