housing
Concept Micro-Flat for London Helps Stack Humans in Small Cubes

Designers working on ways to carry on making money out of houses now that no normal person can afford have come up with an idea -- make them vastly smaller. Make the bed also a wardrobe. Make the bit on top of the kitchen cupboard the only shelf. No one needs headroom when they're asleep, so put the bed near the ceiling. That sort of aggressive landlord thinking. Read More >>

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Croydon’s Getting a Skyscraper All of its Own

This weird tower here will soon be poking up into the clouds of Croydon, with the design of the One Lansdowne Road site now signed off by the mayor and the planners. Read More >>

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Young People Have No Hope Of Owning A Home, Report Confirms

You smashed it at university, got a great degree - with the unfortunate side of debt they serve it with - and now you're in a good job that pays decent money. In the old days that would see you on the housing ladder in no time. Not any more though, because there aren't enough houses, the ones that exist are massively overpriced, and London's flats are acquired as investments and left empty. Read More >>

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Landlord Offers A Year’s Free Rent For Social Media Idea

A London landlord company is offering a social media whiz the chance to win a year's free rent in return for a clever campaign idea. Read More >>

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You Might Not Inherit Anything, Either

Grandparents sitting on embarrassingly huge piles of equity thanks to buying houses for £50 in the 1950s are feeling a little guilty about their fortunate timing life win, with many thinking about leaving large chunks of their inheritances to their grandchildren rather than their almost as fortunate children. Read More >>

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Why Do People Keep Trying To Hipsterfy Launderettes?

News from San Francisco: there's a new hipster café opening in the Mission district, and it's based in a launderette. An actual working one, so you can go in and dry your duvet while having an artisan coffee. For some reason. Read More >>

housing crisis
£900/m London ‘Studio Flat’ Is Literally Just A Hallway

Every time we think renting can't get any worse, London goes and proves us wrong. Read More >>

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Fascinating New Map Shows UK House Prices By The Square Metre

A new map by dataviz whiz Anna Powell-Smith shows, for the first time, house prices in England and Wales by the square metre. Read More >>

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How a Genius Lived in a Storage Locker for £160 a Month

Actually trying to live out of a cheap storage locker goes against every single legal document you have to sign in order to rent it out, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, as YouTuber 007craft demonstrates. Read More >>

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London Mayor Says Ask Your Boss to Help Pay for a House

Dear James, I know you've only really just started here and everything's a bit busy at the moment, but I was wondering if you could perhaps get management to approve a small loan of £400,000 so I can live a bit nearer the office? Thanks, Gary xxx  Read More >>

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London Poshos Promised Drone Deliveries to Balconies by 2020

London's newest and rudest forthcoming skyscraper has had one heck of an original selling point added to its particulars -- drone deliveries. Drone delivers that will save the poor post men from having to trudge up to the top of the 67-floor building. Read More >>

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‘Only Fools and Horses’ Houses Now Selling for Millions

Businesses piling money into the estate used as the backdrop for BBC classic Only Fools and Horses are cashing in on the show's legacy, with the lucky new developer managing to offload a flat next door to the fictional Nelson Mandela House for a staggering £1.1m. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Building Flats Anyone Can Rent—But There’s a Huge Catch

Facebook could be your next landlord. In an effort to drum up support for the controversial expansion of its headquarters, the social media giant is trying to give back to the community by building at least 1,500 housing units that can be rented by the general public—not just Facebook employees. Read More >>

cities
What Can UK Cities Learn From San Francisco’s Homelessness Project?

Back in May a coalition of editors from 70 newspapers, blogs, radio stations, and TV channels met to discuss how to “flood” San Francisco on a single day with coverage concerning issues around homelessness. (many other publications also published their own content independently). The San Francisco Chronicle has collected many of the stories on a separate section of its site, and you can also browse #SFhomelessproject. There are timelines, infographics, photo essays, videos, and many heart-wrenching stories about women and children living on the streets. Probably the worst part is seeing how bad the problem was in the '70s and '80s, and how it hasn’t grown better. Read More >>

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Only Three US Cities Have Good Jobs, Affordable Housing, and High Quality of Life

When looking for a place to live, people are generally looking for three things: affordability, a strong economy, and good quality of life. For most Americans that poses a dilemma because a clear majority of US cities can only claim excellence in one of these areas. A dozen cities specialise in two. But for those who truly want it all, there are three choices. And they’re all in the Midwest. Read More >>