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Even Controlling For Poverty, Urban Places Are Thinner Than Suburbs

Poor neighborhoods tend to be fatter than rich ones, whether they are urban or suburban. However, poor urban areas tend to be thinner than poor suburban areas, and rich urban areas tend to be thinner than rich suburban areas.
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Is Washington A Childless City?

Some media commentary suggests that fast-gentrifying cities such as Washington are unable to attract families. In Washington, the reality is more complex; the city's high-income neighborhoods actually gained children over the past decade.
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In Every Age....

At least one Hanukah song is easily adaptable by urbanists.
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Who Is Migrating To Cities?

Millenials really are migrating to cities in large numbers- but older age groups are merely leaving less rapidly than in the past.
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Buttons of Death

"Push buttons" designed to protect pedestrians often don't.
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(Somewhat) Complete Streets

"Complete Streets" policies are a good start, but only a start.
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Gentrification, Shmentrification

Despite media commentary about urban gentrification and the decline of suburbia, suburbs still have far less than a proportionate share of regional poverty.
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Is Turnabout Fair Play?

If American politicans and bureaucrats had favored public transit or pedestrians as aggressively as they favored cars in the 20th century, public policy would be very different indeed.
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Obstacles to a "Metropolitan Revolution"

In theory, cities might be able to revitalize their economies and infrastructure. But in reality, state governments can create all kinds of obstacles to city policy.
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Who's Returning To The City

Are children, millenials and baby boomers returning to cities? The best answer: sometimes, sometimes, and maybe not.

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