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Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center

Rebuild by Design

The design competition that helped the Northeast recover from Hurricane Sandy.

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Rebuild by Design


DC Housing Affordability


The Metro Center's work concentrates on the communities—housing developments, neighborhoods, cities, and suburbs—that make up America's urban regions. Our research investigates factors that shape the quality of life in these communities, the opportunities they offer residents, and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local public policies that govern urban housing and neighborhoods.

Until recently, many funders, policy researchers, and advocates thought of K-12 education and community development as separate spheres.  Read more
Low-income housing is not typically associated with high-end architectural design. Read More

New maps from the Urban Institute show that though US students are racially diverse, many schools are not.  Read more

Main feature photo by Flickr user Ted Eytan