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Kate Abbey-Lambertz
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Kate is a National Reporter for The Huffington Post. Based in Detroit, she covers sustainable cities, housing and land use. Kate was previously HuffPost's Detroit Editor and is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Contact her at

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6 Things Detroit's Bankruptcy Can Teach You About Money

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 12:39 PM

Detroit’s historic bankruptcy was complex and unique -- but it offers some surprisingly universal lessons for anyone who struggles with money.

When the city announced it was broke in 2013, its budget was crippled by declining revenue stemming from population loss, the financial crisis and disinvestment from the state....

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Million-Dollar Homes Are Taking Over These U.S. Cities At An Alarming Pace

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 4:08 AM

The phrase "Million Dollar Listing" evokes ultra-wealthy house hunters, searching for lavish mansions that are out of reach for the reality show’s typical viewer. But dropping a million bucks on a home could become the new normal in a number of U.S. cities.

Real estate site Trulia released...

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How Sky-High Rents Are Radically Changing New York’s Neighborhoods

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 9:49 AM

Gentrification has swept through two-thirds of New York City’s formerly low-income neighborhoods in the last decade and a half, according to a report released Monday. That's the good news and the bad news.

"The State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods...

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What Every Artist Needs To Know About Fighting Gentrification

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 11:01 AM

Artists don’t have to be “pawns” in neighborhood gentrification and displacement -- instead, they can fight it, and be a force to build more inclusive and equitable cities.

Activists in New York City took a stance against gentrification this weekend, protesting the Brooklyn...

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Detroit School Crisis Goes Way Beyond A Couple Days Of Missed Class

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:14 PM

After two days of protests and empty classrooms, Detroit public school teachers returned to work Wednesday with new assurances from administration officials that they...

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How Planting Trees Helped This Ex-Offender Turn His Life Around

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:41 PM

Life is looking up for Michael Samuels: Since his 2010 release from prison, he has completed parole, moved from Washington D.C. to North Carolina to be closer to his daughter, gotten married and found a temp job at a food manufacturer that turned into a full-time...

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Estas fotos mostram a impressionante mudança que o tempo causa em subúrbios

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 8:05 PM

new york Vyse Ave. e Rua East 178th, Bronx, New York, mostrado em 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1993 e 2013

O fotógrafo que passou mais da metade da sua vida documentando obsessivamente cidades americanas está criando um extenso e revelador registro de como os bairros pobres e...

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San Francisco Combats Rising Sea Levels With Solar Panels

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 5:15 PM

San Francisco just took a step toward its ambitious goal of relying solely on renewable energy by 2020 with a law that makes it the first major U.S. city to require solar panels on some new buildings, according to its sponsor.

Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation, passed this week...

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Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be.

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 7:37 AM

At first glance, a gathering of 60 or so women in Detroit earlier this month looked like a typical networking event -- a few speeches, lots of mingling, plenty of wine. But instead of making contacts to boost their careers, the women discussed how to use their collective...

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Michigan Residents Are Pretty Unhappy With Rick Snyder

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 1:32 PM

One-fifth of Michigan residents polled blame Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for the avoidable lead poisoning emergency in the city of Flint, according to a poll released Monday. 

Michigan State University's latest State of the State Survey revealed that 57 percent of respondents said Snyder's...

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Time-Lapse Photos Show Staggering Transformations Of Inner Cities

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 9:19 AM

A photographer who has spent more than half his life obsessively documenting American cities is creating an expansive and eye-opening record of how poor, segregated neighborhoods have transformed over time. 

Camilo José Vergara, 71, has systematically photographed the same set of intersections in New York,...

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The Cities Where A Six-Figure Income Is Barely Enough To Get By

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 2:30 PM

The Bay Area housing crisis is so severe that a six-figure income might not be enough to find a place you can afford to live. 

The tech boom has brought jobs, new residents and economic success to Silicon Valley and surrounding cities, but...

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Dear Artists: Detroit's Abandoned Homes Are More Than Your Blank Canvas

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 7:29 AM

The Monday demolition of a blighted Detroit home made famous in an art installation thousands of miles away raises questions about the relationship between artists and the communities that inspire their work.

Ryan Mendoza, an American-born artist living in Europe,...

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Watch Detroit Neighborhoods Fall Into Ruin Through Google Street View Images

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 12:54 PM

Google Street View’s trove of data and visuals has been used to collect images of streets that made history, of colorful glitches and surreal scenes of oblivious bystanders. For Alex Alsup, it’s a tool to track Detroit’s rapid and continuing devastation following the financial crisis.


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New York City Just Took A Huge Step To Tackle Obscenely High Rents

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 2:33 PM

Two significant components of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) affordable housing plan won the approval of City Council Tuesday after months of negotiating, changes and conflict.  

The council voted overwhelmingly in favor of the mandatory inclusionary housing...

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It’s Time For Presidential Candidates To Talk About The New Housing Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 9:03 AM

In the fall, seven presidential candidates showed up at a New Hampshire housing summit to hear about the affordable housing crisis affecting millions of Americans, and organizers deemed the event a success. But all seven have dropped out of the race, and there has...

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How The Eviction Epidemic Is Trapping Black Women In Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 1:24 PM

For America’s poorest renters -- particularly black women -- evictions are disturbingly common, trapping them in a cycle of poverty with long-lasting repercussions for their employment, health, relationships and overall stability. 

Harvard University...

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Yes, Muslims Voted For A Jewish Candidate. No, Pundits Shouldn't Be Surprised.

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 6:40 AM

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Social media was ablaze Tuesday night with the news that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the first major Jewish presidential candidate, won a solid majority of Democratic primary voters here in Dearborn,...

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Bernie Sanders Missed A Big Opportunity To Talk About Racism

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 9:35 AM

DETROIT -- Presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) agree on at least one thing: that Detroit was a model city in the 1960s and has since fallen into ruin.

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La lección que dan los paisajes fantasma de la burbuja inmobiliaria en España

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 8:40 PM

Área central de Ciudad Valdeluz, una construcción a medio acabar cerca de Guadalajara en 2014.

En una escena memorable de La gran apuesta, la película sobre la crisis financiera nominada a los Oscar, una agente inmobiliaria muestra a los protagonistas...

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