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Tower Block Dystopia

In High-Rise, the initial glamour of 1970s modernism descends into decadence and violence.

Susan Renee

The Boarding Houses that Built America

Tocqueville’s first taste of the United States came via a now-lost defining feature of the urbanizing republic.

A Barcelona street. (Vincent Moschetti / Flickr)

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How to Build Housing From the Middle Out

Fight for your right to rent out your own basement.

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How to Bring Back Southbridge

A 21-year-old developer is rescuing his hometown—one building at a time.

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100 Years of Jane Jacobs Down, 100 Years to Go

Advancing the great urbanist’s wisdom of recovery has to proceed organically, over the generations.

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