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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.

As coronavirus slows real estate market, agents seek support from Congress

Social distancing means "when they can’t show a property, they can’t earn a living".

What the 1918 pandemic can teach cities about public spaces today

Lessons on restricting public spaces and social interaction in the age of coronavirus.

How colleges are trying to address homelessness among students

"What kept them from being successful in the classroom had nothing to do with the classroom."

Welcome to the agrihood

In these suburban subdivisions, farming is just another amenity.

Coronavirus college closures leave students unsure about housing

As universities go online and dorms shut down, students scramble to find a place to stay

Why we can’t build small homes anymore

The American obsession with large homes—a matter of culture, policy, and economics—restricts smaller, more affordable options.

Protesters interrupt Biden rally over housing issues

The chant: "Joe Biden doesn’t have a housing plan for me!"

You’re right, traffic is worse. Expanding highways and building more roads is to blame.

More roads, more money, more traffic: a new report argues America’s transit policy gridlock is costing us billions of dollars.

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.