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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…

Is Zillow's Claim Against the Blog McMansion Hell Legit, or an Embarrassment? Is Zillow's Claim Against the Blog McMansion Hell Legit, or an Embarrassment?

Real estate aggregator Zillow—where you may have searched for an apartment or snooped for how much an acquaintance paid for their house—has gotten some bad press after sending a toughly worded cease-and-desist letter to the creator of the viral blog McMansion Hell.

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

How Building Expensive New Housing Actually Helps Create More Affordable Cities How Building Expensive New Housing Actually Helps Create More Affordable Cities

Applying the term “housing crisis” to the fact that people increasingly cannot afford to live in many American cities makes it seem like a vast, unfixable problem. But the solution is actually easy: Build more housing. A lot more housing. As soon as possible.

Airbnb Finally Admits to Purging Listings to Make It Look Less Commercialized Airbnb Finally Admits to Purging Listings to Make It Look Less Commercialized

After being accused of tweaking data to make it seem like a larger percentage of its New York City hosts were innocently renting out their personal homes, Airbnb admitted yesterday that it did indeed remove “roughly 1,500” listings from its site before making the information public.

The US Will Investigate Who Is Actually Buying Up All Its Luxury Real Estate The US Will Investigate Who Is Actually Buying Up All Its Luxury Real Estate

Who really lives in all those awful luxury skyscrapers going up all over the US? Increasingly: No one. Now the government is going after the shady, secret deals that are gobbling up the most expensive real estate in most big cities—and destroying the housing market.

Can These Micro-Units Fix New York City's Housing Problems? Can These Micro-Units Fix New York City's Housing Problems?

Micro-unit developments—new apartments that are 400 square feet or smaller—are sprouting up all over the country as cities try to cram more housing into their neighborhoods. New York City’s first micro-unit development opened this month and it’s controversial—even in a city where people already pay top dollar to live…

Airbnb's New Compact Pledges to Play Nicer With Cities But Doesn't Go Far Enough Airbnb's New Compact Pledges to Play Nicer With Cities But Doesn't Go Far Enough

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Airbnb. The startup spent $8 million to defeat Proposition F in San Francisco, which would have imposed stricter regulations for the company. Days later, a horrifying story about two deaths in Airbnb rentals raised concerns that the defeated regulations were badly needed…

What Happens When Your Dad Is Killed While Staying In an Airbnb What Happens When Your Dad Is Killed While Staying In an Airbnb

With over one million unregulated listings globally, critics of Airbnb have long said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt at one of the startup’s rentals. The most nightmarish scenario possible happened to a writer who is now coming forward: On Thanksgiving Day 2013, his father died from…

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