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Property of the Pandemic

From face masks to diaries, institutions are collecting artifacts from daily life under COVID-19. One itinerant museum has preserved letters from landlords to tenants for posterity.

Shelf Life

Co-Op Collectibles

A cookbook. A windmill blade. A bilingual demolition manual. Beyond the city’s stock of resident-controlled, low-income co-ops, the remarkable history of New York’s self-help housing movement lives on in the archives of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board.

The Location of Justice: Systems

A Non-Exhaustive Taxonomy of Tools of Data-Driven Policing

A huge range of emergent technologies give police new ways to gather data and surveil. What's on the market?

Call for Proposals: Urban Wild Writer Residency

We seek a writer to explore and interpret the contemporary urban landscape where highways meet gas wells, herons, and kayakers.

Housing Brass Tacks

What Can Architects Do?

In the thorny thicket of housing problems, from cost to supply to quality, what roles can architects play? Architects Susanne Schindler, Jared Della Valle, and Deborah Gans offer possibilities.

Housing Brass Tacks

Housing Court

A housing court case can make the difference between safe at home and out on the street. Jenny Laurie of Housing Court Answers explains how it works and what throws the scales of housing justice out of balance.

Housing Brass Tacks

Community Land Trusts

These days, “CLT” is a watchword for affordable housing and anti-displacement activists nationwide, including the residents and organizers behind a South Bronx initiative that’s building steam.

Housing Brass Tacks

Illegal Hotels

Like many companies in the “sharing economy,” Airbnb prides itself on “disrupting” the traditional marketplace — but at what cost to New York’s affordable housing?

Housing Brass Tacks

Property Taxes

Confusing, reviled, unfair, arcane — and important. Explore the labyrinthine system of property taxes.

Letter From the Editor

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