Where We Live Now

Where We Live Now explores the historical, political, and socioeconomic forces that shape our homes and communities.

How Blockbusting and Real Estate Profiteers Cash In on Racial Tension
How Blockbusting and Real Estate Profiteers Cash In on Racial Tension
Scholars of housing segregation have described blockbusting as a tool of racial capitalism. Here’s what we can learn from the practice—and how to fight back.
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In Times of Crisis, Hostile Architecture Poses a Bigger Threat Than Ever
The coronavirus and social upheaval are creating a new breeding ground for hostile design that’s even more insidious than the uninviting park bench.
Just How Inclusive Is Accessible Design?
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 30 years ago. Here’s what it achieved, and where it still falls short.
Why Now, More Than Ever, the ADU Is the Future of Home
Why Now, More Than Ever, the ADU Is the Future of Home
Whether it serves as an investment, backyard office, or intergenerational housing, the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) has never made more sense.
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What Do Monuments Mean to Us?
The recent takedowns of controversial statues call into question the meaning and permanence of monuments themselves.
A Conversation With L.A.’s Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne
The city’s chief design officer explains why Los Angeles is America’s creative capital and what the mayor is doing to make housing more affordable.
21 Resources on Redlining’s Role in Cementing the American Wealth Gap
A decades-long housing policy that segregated U.S. cities still plagues Black communities today.
The Unsung Story of Eichler Homes and How They Helped Integrate American Neighborhoods
Joseph Eichler not only defined the middle-class home of the midcentury period, but also worked to dismantle racist housing policies.
Urban Planner and MacArthur “Genius” Emmanuel Pratt’s Vision for Chicago Is Radically Simple
Ideas like urban acupuncture and biofeedback belie the simplicity behind Sweet Water Foundation’s mission—to help folks in blighted neighborhoods reclaim their humanity.
Emmanuel Pratt Is Using “Urban Acupuncture” to Reclaim Neglected Chicago Neighborhoods
The MacArthur fellow and cofounder of the Sweet Water Foundation speaks about “regenerative design” and reclaiming the community.