Social / Demographics

March 2, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Within 20 years the baby boomer generation will need the immigrant youth, who are more successful than the public believes, reports USC planning professor Dowell Myers, in his new book, Immigrants and Boomers.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 2, 2007, 8am PST
<p>With South Korea's historic apprehension towards China, efforts at resurrecting or creating new Chinatowns in Incheon and other cities have been so far been lacking one key ingredient -- Chinese residents.</p>
International Herald Tribune
March 1, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>As housing prices decrease, demographics shift again in North Brentwood, Maryland, where a large Latin American population has moved into a primarily African American community.</p>
The Washington Post
March 1, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Fortune Magazine tracks the states (and homes) that the wealthiest Americans call home.</p>
Fortune
March 1, 2007, 7am PST
<p>A new toolkit demonstrates how the challenges of the nation's aging population can help create sustainable communities that benefit everyone.</p>
World Watch Institute
February 28, 2007, 11am PST
<p>New York Times writer Chistopher Gray chronicles the history and recent renovation of New York City's 'brownstone Grand Canyon' on East 93rd street.</p>
The New York Times
February 28, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Crediting the city's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, officials in Portland, Oregon, have announced that the number of people sleeping on the street has declined 39 percent in the last two years.</p>
The Portland Tribune
February 28, 2007, 8am PST
<p>As middle and upper class black families increasingly move to the suburbs of Phoenix, they must cope with the loss of cultural connections that existed in historically black neighborhoods.</p>
Tucson Citizen
February 28, 2007, 5am PST
<p>One county in China has been exempt from the country's controversial one-child policy for two decades. Additional rules about when parents may marry and have children have kept the county's birthrate lower than the national average.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
Blog post
February 27, 2007, 12pm PST

New Orleans is experiencing a crime wave. High murder rates in the first two months of 2007 have made national attention. Anderson Cooper of CNN has been following this story. So far this year he has devoted two hour-long shows to this topic. I live in central New Orleans and my biggest complaint about the city is the high crime rate. I don’t think our city will recover if we fail to address this most serious issue. Crime makes you ask yourself – should I move to the suburbs where it’s safer and commute? But being a transportation planner, I can’t help but follow-up that question with – If I spend a lot more time driving will my exposure to dieing in a car accident increase? So which is worse - murder or traffic fatalities?

John Renne
February 27, 2007, 10am PST
<p>This article from the <em>Houston Press</em> looks at the issue of homelessness in nearby suburban Fort Bend County, a problem many public officials deny.</p>
Houston Press
February 27, 2007, 6am PST
<p>Defying conventional wisdom, more seniors 75 and over are now migrating north rather than south. Often the reason is to be near their children as their health may begin to decline.</p>
The New York Times
February 26, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>First come the artists, then the high rents. So why not base you real estate investment strategy on where artists are going now?</p>
Business Week
February 26, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>With more coffee shops per person that any other place in the United States -- Anchorage, Alaska, provides some interesting lessons about latte culture.</p>
Anchorage Daily News
February 26, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Long known internationally as America's "Gay Mecca", San Francisco's Castro District is seeing an influx of straight couples who find the district's amenities attractive. A movement is afoot to ensure the district retains its gay identity.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
Feature
February 26, 2007, 8am PST
With the Latino population growing tremendously, it's time to begin addressing the shortcomings in the practice of planning regarding this key demographic.
Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
February 25, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Poverty rates in the United States are at a 32-year high, and a new study suggests that 58% of Americans will experience poverty at least once in their lives.</p>
Common Dreams
February 25, 2007, 11am PST
<p>With the U.S. Decennial Census long form dropped in favor of the annual American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is busy preparing its one-page, six-question form. The task is not as easy as you'd think.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
February 25, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Rising property costs and the threat of hurricanes are pushing more and more people out of the Florida Keys. The area experienced a 4% decline in population between 2000 and 2005, a trend expected to continue.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
February 23, 2007, 8am PST
<p>As a virtual world where anything goes grows up, it's problems are not so different from real world communities.</p>
The Los Angeles Times