Social / Demographics

April 12, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Despite vastly higher levels of federal affordable housing tax credits awarded to Louisiana, developers are pulling out of projects because they can't make sufficient profits.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
April 10, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>An interview with Keith Ernst, senior policy counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, on the devastating impact of subprime loans on home ownership.</p>
Democracy Now!
April 8, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>The population in Houston has passed that of Miami, making it the sixth-largest city in the United States. Between 2000 and 2006, the city saw a 17.5% growth rate.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
April 7, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Randall Crane offers a blog post about his research of an exception to the gender gap: the trip linking work and home, which is consistently and persistently shorter for women than men.</p>
Urban Planning Research / Randall Crane's Blog
April 7, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Residents in Cleveland, Ohio, may be putting their tax dollars towards relocating a strip club. The relocation is part of an effort to acquire the club's current location for reuse as a homeless shelter.</p>
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 6, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>For those who can't get to the coast, tons of sand have been trucked into a park in Mexico City, where residents flock to spend a day at the "beach". But critics see the effort as a wasteful in a city where many residents still have no running water.</p>
The Guardian Unlimited
April 6, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>After many years of lagging population growth many attribute to the bust of the dot-com boom, the San Francisco Bay Area has shown a positive population growth rate for recent years.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Confirming what Atlanta residents have long sensed based on mind-numbing traffic and high-rise condo towers breeding like bunnies, the Census Bureau announced that the Atlanta region has added more residents since 2000 than any other U.S. metro.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 3, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>A growing number of scholars argue that traditional ideas about the causes of gentrification, as well as the winners and losers, may be unfit to describe the complex processes happening in modern day cities.</p>
The Boston Globe
Blog post
April 3, 2007, 1pm PDT

Here's an item that should be more than enough to make you spew your morning latte all over the Starbucks:

In a survey, conducted last year and released yesterday by Mercer Consulting, ranking the top 50 global cities by quality of life, not a single American city cracks the top half. Zero.

Josh Stephens
April 3, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Wealthy retirees who value city living over golf courses are creating demand for new urban, high-rise retirement communities.</p>
The New York Times
April 2, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>While some cities are attempting to drive immigrants out, others are welcoming them with open arms. As a Wall Street Journal writer asserts, "All booming American cities are immigrant cities."</p>
The Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>L.J. Williamson laments that many parents do not let their children walk, bike, or play outdoors fearing for their safety even as crime rates go down and concerns about childhood obesity-related ailments rise.</p>
March 29, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Though homelessness had always been a problem in New Orleans, the issue has been amplified since Hurricane Katrina. Public officials and housing advocates are concerned about the lack of services needed to address the problem.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
March 29, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Spurning options that lead to urban sprawl, academics and politicians in New Zealand are urging the government to address the shortages and to make so-called "social housing" more palatable.</p>
Stuff.co.nz
Feature
March 26, 2007, 7am PDT
Evacuating people after Hurricane Katrina revealed chronic shortcomings of local and regional evacuation planning. The barriers that hindered efforts in New Orleans apply not only to evacuation planning, but to planning in general.
Thomas W. Sanchez, Marc Brenman
March 25, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Bruce Sterling gives an insightful tour around the city of Belgrade and explores the transformation and pressures brought about by globalization.</p>
YouTube
March 25, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A baby boom in Manhattan is largely being led by white, well-to-do couples who traditionally might have left for the suburbs, but are now staying put.</p>
The New York Times
March 24, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Attempting to ward off a panic in the real estate market, cities in Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, and elsewhere are tapping into their coffers to eradicate foreclosure-related blight.</p>
The New York Times
March 23, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The aggressive promotion of risky sub-prime mortgages in neighborhoods largely populated by African Americans is leading to geographic concentrations of foreclosures.</p>
The New York Times