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

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

Is a struggling California town a victim of its own charm?

Nov 23, 2018
An entity that buys land in Pescadero, California to preserve it as open space also effectively takes the land off the tax rolls
Pescadero, California, population around 1,700, is a popular tourist destination for wealthy Silicon Valley tech executives.
Scott Cohn/Marketplace

How all-day cafes are changing our lives

Feb 23, 2018
Welcome to a place where you can work, eat all three meals and feel extremely welcomed.

Things millennials love about the library

Aug 25, 2017
Millennials are making libraries cool again. A Pew Research Center study found that 53 percent of millennials in the U.S. had used their public library at least once in the year prior to the survey.
A library at a secondary school in London.
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

How McDonald's serves as a refuge for local communities

Jul 27, 2017
For some, the fast food giant allows them to connect with others.
A 1955 Ford, left, and a 1955 Oldsmobile are parked in the lot of the McDonald's museum in Des Plaines, IL. 
Tim Boyle/Newsmakers

Communities, money and membership

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Your wallet: What's broken in your community?

Mar 6, 2015
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Political ads keep community papers afloat

Aug 22, 2014
National and local politicians still use print ads to reach specific voting blocs.

The housing bust as seen through the planned community

Jun 1, 2012
Photographer Amanda Dahlgren discusses her pictures of the real estate crash in master-planned communities in San Diego.