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More residents moved from the counties of Los Angeles and Orange to the nearby counties of San Bernardino and Riverside than anywhere else in the country.
7 hours ago   The Sacramento Bee
Between 2,000 and 3,000 people have taken over the Grande Hotel in Beira, Mozambique, and turned it into a small community of squatters.
Feb 11, 2011   CNN
With millions of people, Los Angeles -- like many big cities -- can be a rude place. And though it makes sense that the city can be impolite, it doesn't have to be, argues Amy Alkon in this op-ed.
Feb 11, 2011   Los Angeles Times
A study conducted in Illinois has found no correlation between rates of obesity to suburban sprawl, as was previously believed.
Feb 10, 2011   US News
As demographics shift and housing preferences of younger buyers lean away from single-family housing, much of the single-family-home-zoned areas in Charlotte will need to be rethought, according to this editorial.
Feb 10, 2011   The Charlotte Observer
Having read articles lately on Planetizen and elsewhere on how the "fresh new concept” of Intelligent Cities is replacing the stale old term "smart growth", I was moved to write a comment regarding the latest such article which compared smart growth to urban renewal in terms of its stale-dated coolness, and suggested that smart growth may be passé because of its successful take-over of main-stream thought and practice. Blog Post
Feb 8, 2011   By Brent Toderian
A transit program in California is intended to be a lifeline for the homeless population, allowing for easier access to medical services and employment opportunities.
Feb 8, 2011   GOOD Magazine
Interested communities are invited to apply until February 23, 2011. The purpose of the program is to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods.
Feb 8, 2011   Sustainable Cities Collective
"Open Buildings" App lets you discover the built environment with the touch of a screen.
Feb 8, 2011   thisbigcity.net
The City Council of Temecula, CA decided that a proposed mosque met all zoning requirements and voted to approve its construction, despite opposition that supporters claim was fueled by religious reasons and not concerns over traffic and parking.
Feb 8, 2011   The Huffington Post
Neither technology nor infrastructure shows any limit for how big or how fast cities can grow and more megacities are on the horizon, according to this piece from Richard Dobbs and Jaana Remes.
Feb 6, 2011   What Matters