Here are the most popular stories on our site this week:

1. The More We Build, the Poorer We Get.
by Charles Marohn | May 7, 2018

If you want your community to prosper, stop building new infrastructure.

2. Who Can Afford to Invest in a Poor Neighborhood? Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
by Kea Wilson | May 9-11, 2018

6 months ago, my partner and I tried to buy an ailing property in a poor neighborhood and transform it into quality affordable housing. Here’s what happened instead.

3. 6 Surprising Perspectives on Big Box Stores
by Rachel Quednau | May 8, 2018

Big box stores are as ubiquitous and American as Coca-Cola. And yet their impact on our cities has gone unquestioned for far too long…

4. No Exit from Housing Hell
by Joe Cortright | May 8, 2018

The current climate of distrust and pushback against new development is a recipe for perpetual housing problems.

5. Helping Your City Go Broke When You Know Better Is Borderline Criminal.
by R. John Anderson | May 9, 2018

Is anyone doing the math on the real costs of development in your city?

(Top photo by Igor Ovsyannykov)