Social / Demographics

February 14, 2016, 7am PST
It's not just millennials anymore. A new study finds more people are going without driver's licenses than in previous decades.
NPR
February 10, 2016, 12pm PST
A map of bike commuters also maps the political conflicts in a changing Washington, D.C.
Greater Greater Washington
February 10, 2016, 11am PST
Scott Doyon rewrote a classic children's book as a history of US cities since World War II. Fortunately, it's a quick read. Unfortunately, it's up to all of us how it ends.
PlaceShakers
February 10, 2016, 5am PST
A study published February 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association points to three reasons for the life expectancy being lower for Americans than in other developed nations. Care to guess what they are?
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
February 9, 2016, 1pm PST
Census data shows that Seattle jumped Baltimore to become the country's tenth most densely populated city. Is Seattle on the cusp of a changing of the guard when it comes to density and population growth?
The Seattle Times
February 3, 2016, 11am PST
One of the sad contradictions of the revival of core urban areas has been the clash between waves of investment and affluence with large populations of homelessness. Many cities are still coming to terms with the issue, much less solving it.
The Wall Street Journal
February 3, 2016, 9am PST
The only major candidate, Democrat or Republican, to call for an end to the contentious ethanol mandate won the Republican caucus, clearly beating Donald Trump. That could doom what many even in Iowa, among even some farmers, call a boondoggle.
The New York Times - Politics
February 1, 2016, 12pm PST
Louisville, Kentucky has recently been named the "most rapidly growing urban heat island" in the U.S., but what led to this title? Jeff Byles traces how cities are becoming increasingly warm through a number of different factors, including economic.
Doggerel
February 1, 2016, 9am PST
Maps showing the concentration of medical facilities in Houston, shows a greater density in higher-income areas.
The Houston Chronicle
February 1, 2016, 8am PST
With the national spotlight rightfully focused on the irreversible effects of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, another insidious threat remains: motor vehicle emissions affecting children's lungs.
EPA Connect
January 30, 2016, 1pm PST
Newly released data from the Weldon Cooper Center's Demographics Research Group shows a state shifting in population growth northward—toward Washington D.C. and inner ring suburbs.
StatChat
January 29, 2016, 12pm PST
A new book published by the Pew Research Center details the demographic changes that will shape the politics—beyond presidential elections—of the future.
Pew Research Center
January 29, 2016, 7am PST
A map-making effort by The Washington Post's Wonkblog puts the Western United States' population, or lack thereof, in perspective.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
January 28, 2016, 7am PST
A new report issued by McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute provides new thinking about how to create "age-friendly cities."
Grist
January 27, 2016, 2pm PST
Down to a population of 197,859 from its 1960 peak of 290,351, the city of Akron is looking for a way to bring people back to its community. One thing Akron has going for it already: an enthusiastic champion of the cause.
Akron Beacon Journal
January 27, 2016, 1pm PST
It's been said that children are the indicator species of urban health and great neighborhoods. By this measure, Oakland is in trouble.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
January 27, 2016, 11am PST
When charrettes and public design workshops reach their most inclusive and transparent forms, do they become social innovation labs? Hazel Borys thinks so.
PlaceShakers
January 26, 2016, 10am PST
Long abused by those who favor more urban settings, the suburbs of major metropolitan areas should receive more credit for their cultural capital, according to this article written for Zócalo Public Square.
Zocalo Public Square
January 25, 2016, 5am PST
Jed Kolko, former Chief Economist and VP of Analytics at Trulia, and Joe Cortright of City Observatory dug deep into a debate that gets at the heart of recent trends in how and where the United States works.
Jed Kolko
January 22, 2016, 11am PST
These days, Big Data is the topic at hand, but Arup's Vincent Lee says data analysis can only go so far. He uses his work on the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to illustrate why a "human element" is crucial to finding solutions.
Doggerel