Social / Demographics

The city may grow by 200,000 in the next two years, surpassing Philadelphia and Phoenix, if city leaders agree to annex five surrounding unincorporated areas. The Wall Street Journal considers the effect of annexation on meeting inner city needs.
2 days ago   The Wall Street Journal
A forthcoming film documents the tribulations and Olympic ambitions of the Afghani women's national cycling team, who face ridicule and harassment for riding in the public.
Sep 6, 2014   CityLab
Joel Kotkin explores the small cities that are growing the fastest in the United States, and what factors lead to this growth.
Sep 4, 2014   Forbes
Stanford researcher Clayton Hurd is studying the Tres Colonias, an overarching name for three neighborhoods in Fort Collins, Colorado, with dwindling numbers of Hispanic homeowners facing mounting gentrification pressures.
Sep 4, 2014   The Coloradoan
To what degree are people's location decisions dictated by their consumer preferences? Jordan Weissmann of Slate Magazine discusses whether living in an expensive city like New York City is a consumption choice.
Sep 4, 2014   Slate Magazine
In 1969, American children walked to school as often as not. But today, many parents frown on children doing anything outside while alone. Opinion
Sep 3, 2014   By Michael Lewyn
A new study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and the AARP Foundation has produced a pile of data on the country's aging population and its implications for housing and planning policy.
Sep 3, 2014   Harvard University Gazette
In 2011, the Advocate magazine published their annual list of “Gayest Cities in America.” That year’s list placed Minneapolis at the top, much to the chagrin of some San Francisco residents. Opinion
Sep 2, 2014   By Reuben Duarte
In which parking minimums figure heavily in a polemic regarding the nature of cool.
Aug 30, 2014   Guardian Cities
Chicago's Metra commuter rail service has a big problem on its hands: Distressed people are resorting to using train tracks to end their lives at a higher rate than in other major cities. Would partnering with a suicide-hotline agency stem the tide?
Aug 30, 2014   Governing
While the share of Americans living in rural communities is decreasing relative to the overall population, some rural areas, such as the Willmar lakes area in Minnesota, have managed to attract young residents.
Aug 29, 2014   West Central Tribune