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A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.

Neighborhoods: Stepping Stones or Millstones for Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape.

How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The smart growth characteristics of these older neighborhoods make them terrific for the environment and for public health: they reduce transportation emissions by obviating driving trips and shortening those that people do take; they save land by keeping development compact and obviating additional increments of sprawl; they promote physical fitness and health with walkability.

Small Batch

Joel Judd | Posted 06.03.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

Colorado's just concluded 2015 legislature did its best to improve life for the drinking class and those who serve us; addressing, for example, the lapsed license quandary.

The Sound and the Fury

Leigh Flayton | Posted 06.02.2015 | New York
Leigh Flayton

On most weekdays, I wake to the noise of a traffic cop constantly blowing his whistle while cars navigating seemingly endless construction lay on their horns.

A Place to Start -- Right Here, Right Now

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Cornelia Seigneur

With the Nepal earthquake, then the recent aftershocks, and the tornadoes in the Midwest that are causing so much devastation in the lives of so many people, we can get so overwhelmed. What can we do? Where can we help? Is there a way to make a difference?

Neighborhood "Exit Strategies" Are Incomplete

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

We have heard a lot in the last couple of weeks about the impact neighborhoods may have on the outcomes of children who grow up in them. New research reinforces the idea that neighborhoods do matter.

Do Freeways Belong Inside Cities?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

I am coming to the conclusion that, within large cities, freeways -- which have never really been free, by the way -- have proven to be a perhaps well-intended but often decidedly bad idea. They have generally been terrible for the neighborhoods around them.

Past to Present: Changing New York

Toni Haber | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

With landmarks being redeveloped for new use, such as the partial conversion of the Verizon Building at 140 West Street, and industrial neighborhoods repositioning themselves as fashion and "foodie" destinations, the landscape of the city is noticeably changing.

America's 12 Bro-iest Neighborhoods, Ranked

Thrillist | Posted 05.06.2015 | HuffPost Home
Thrillist

Maybe they were in a frat, maybe they weren't. Maybe they work in investment banking, maybe they don't. All we're really certain of is that they don't see graduating from college and having a job as a reason to not be doing shots on a Monday night (probably in one of these bars).

The Most Beautiful Neighborhood In America Is...

Thrillist | Posted 06.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Thrillist

To that end, we've combed our great nation from coast to coast and ranked 10 'hoods whose curbside appeal is undeniable. From East Coast historic districts to West Coast sea cliffs, these are the most beautiful neighborhoods in America.

New Residents Bring a New Neighborhood Culture

Toni Haber | Posted 06.15.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Whether at risk for losing peace and quiet or artsy culture, neighborhoods and their residents embody a local flare to which they may not want to say goodbye. The question remains if the new culture will trump the past.

More Local, Less Government

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

It's time that we do a better job recognizing that our veterans return to their neighborhoods, families and friends. We cannot isolate any of their challenges with the mistaken thinking that government solutions are readily available.

The Balance of Real Estate -- Who Will Come Out on Top?

Toni Haber | Posted 05.12.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

New York City real estate is a balancing act -- between starting anew and preserving the old, and between luxury and affordability. Increasingly there have been tensions between the residential, manufacturing, and hospitality industries to create a harmonious balance of real estate in each throughout New York City.

Will Hudson Yards Be the New Tribeca?

Toni Haber | Posted 04.28.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

As millions of square feet of land and a city full of people await the completion of these new additions, it will be interesting to see how they stack up against the existing city.

Urban Headwinds, Suburban Tailwinds

Jed Kolko | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Although home prices are rising faster in urban neighborhoods, population is growing faster in suburban neighborhoods. Consumer preferences and the aging of the population are tailwinds for suburban growth; so are falling oil prices if they stay low long-term.

America's Sexiest Neighborhoods

Thrillist | Posted 04.01.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

We already told you about the sexiest neighborhoods in the world. And while strolling the beaches of Ipanema sounds just dandy this time of year, the cost of a plane ticket to Brazil -- or any of those other places -- does not. But hey, we have plenty of sexy 'hoods, from New York to California, that don't require a passport to visit.

Top 4 Real Estate Regrets

Michael Corbett | Posted 03.02.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Call it buyer's remorse or second-guessing the decision, the top real estate regrets are all ones that can be avoided if they're taken into consideration now -- before you get the keys to your new place.

The Best U.S. Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights in 2014

Redfin | Posted 02.10.2015 | HuffPost Home
Redfin

Every longtime resident knows of at least one Griswold-style home in their area; word spreads and, soon enough, hundreds of families come to visit each year. But for people who have just moved to a city, it can be difficult to know where to see the best holiday lights and decorations.

12 Things That Make A Neighborhood Truly Great

Michael Corbett | Posted 02.02.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

As anyone who's moved a few times knows, not all neighborhoods are created equal. There is no such thing as the perfect neighborhood, because not all areas are going to be truly a perfect fit for everyone and their unique needs.

These Are the People in Your Neighborhood

Katherine Fritz | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Katherine Fritz

In truth, our neighborhoods are vastly more sprawling and interconnected than we frequently choose to acknowledge.

7 Ways to Get Happy (Hint: It's Not About the "Stuff")

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

Many of us do get distracted and confused. After all, we need material security to live, and support our families, and our increasingly unequal society makes that more and more difficult.

How Suburban Sprawl, Inadequate Transit Worsen Unemployment

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find replacement employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car.

11 Ways to Tell If You're an Annoying Neighbor

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

For the sake of neighborhood tranquility and harmony, let's do a spot check to see if you fall into the category of nice or annoying. If you identify with one or more of the factors below -- you just might be an annoying neighborhood.

How Walkable Communities Are Good for Us

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
F. Kaid Benfield

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.