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A Chicago expat living in Los Angeles, Patrick Sisson writes about urbanism, cities, transportation, and architecture, examining how these themes help shape culture and urban life. He writes a weekly column called Property Lines that spotlights community development, real estate trends, and hot housing markets across the country. Send tips and topics his way, and follow him on Twitter @patrickcsisson. His work has previously appeared on The Verge, Racked, Pitchfork, Dwell, and Wax Poetics.

In these super-sustainable new apartments, you may never pay a heating bill

Passive house high-rises provide cleaner air, lower utility costs, and an affordable option for tenants.

Reno gambled with Tesla. Affordable housing paid the price.

The city’s tech-led transformation is changing downtown and straining the housing market.

The U.S. has an affordable housing crisis. Here’s why

Market forces, policy decisions, and demographic changes have converged, making it more difficult to increase affordable housing for renters and buyers in U.S. cities.

Fayetteville shows how a city can go green in a red state

The Arkansas city’s sustainability push is as much about lifestyle and livability as it is about long-term planning.

5 cities where homes could make a good investment in 2020

Our analysis highlights five cities where home values are predicted to rise over the long term.

Everything you need to know before buying an electric bike

Riders and experts answer your questions about e-bikes.

Dying malls want a second chance at life

As Americans increasingly shop online and stay at home, can malls find new community appeal?

Public meetings are broken. Here’s how to fix them.

Neighborhood planning is governed by a biased, unrepresentative system.

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The 10 best cities in the U.S. to move to right now

We dug deep into different criteria—like jobs, housing costs, and walkability—to find the 10 best cities to live in right now.

As sea level rises, Miami neighborhoods feel rising tide of gentrification

Is development in Little Haiti, future home of a $1 billion innovation district, fueled by a changing climate?