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Adventures in Housing

"Adventures in Housing": The boarding school dorm parents

by Maria Hollenhorst Sep 30, 2019
Sometimes a housing story is actually a love story.
Bill and Margaret Enos met working as teachers in a boarding school. He was a dorm parent, she was a dorm parent, and then they were dorm parents together.
Photo courtesy of the Enos
Adventures in Housing

Adventures in Housing: The small-time landlord

by Maria Hollenhorst Sep 13, 2019
Becoming a landlord helped Beverly Wilcox retire at 54, go back to school and launch a second career.
California landlord Beverly Wilcox laying sod at one of her properties in 2001.
Courtesy of Beverly Wilcox

Why U.S. cities are making sweeping changes to residential zoning laws

by Amy Scott and Daniel Shin Jul 15, 2019
New York Times reporter Emily Badger says several cities are scrutinizing zoning laws that anything other than single-family homes.
A view of San Francisco's Victorian houses as seen in 2014.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Affordable housing plan is music to the ears of artists

by Nadege Green Jun 24, 2019
Homeownership gives creatives a place to live and work.
Christina Pritchard in the townhouse
Nadege Green
The Big Book

In Baltimore, segregation can be felt even in your wallet

by Kimberly Adams and Sean McHenry Jun 7, 2019
One journalist spent years reporting on segregation in Baltimore, Maryland. He found that segregated communities can shape our economic futures.
A mural of Freddie Gray near the location where he was arrested is pictured in Baltimore, Maryland in 2016.
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How we define affordable housing "makes absolutely no sense"

by Amy Scott Jun 5, 2019
How did 30% of income become the accepted benchmark?
Starrett City, a 46-building housing complex, is pictured in Brooklyn, New York, in 2018.
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The new downsizing solution for seniors? Look in the backyard

by Matt Levin May 29, 2019
The "accessory dwelling unit" is growing steadily in popularity, especially in expensive neighborhoods.
Paul Boehm stands outside the tiny home he's building in his Silicon Valley backyard. More and more seniors are turning to in-law units as a viable downsizing option as they age.
Matt Levin, CALmatters

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My economy: Life as a liveaboard in Southwest D.C.

by Robyn Edgar May 16, 2019
Darryl Madden’s life on a boat started as a simple solution for affordable housing. Now he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Darryl Madden, a full-time liveaboard boater, next to his 50-foot cruiser in Southwest D.C.
Robyn Edgar

Honolulu looks to Singapore to solve its housing shortage

by Ryan Finnerty Apr 30, 2019
Honolulu’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the country.
Condo buildings visible from Ala Moana Beach Park.
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Sometimes you can go home again

by Amy Scott Apr 17, 2019
Our housing reporter revisits her childhood home 30 years later and discovers just how much homeownership has changed — and stayed the same.
Amy Scott in her old room.
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