Social / Demographics

March 11, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>An increasing number of Americans are renting self-storage units to stash away their ever-growing belongings.</p>
The New York Times
March 9, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has campaigned a new program that puts old parking meters to use raising money for homeless services.</p>
March 8, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Richard Luov, author of Last Child in the Woods, writes of unique partnerships forming to support the growing movement to reconnect children to the natural world.</p>
Orion Magazine
March 7, 2007, 8am PST
<p>The desire for slower pace, more security and the ability to carry out transactions from anywhere via the internet are fueling a renewed interest in rural living.</p>
ABC News
March 5, 2007, 8am PST
<p>This article from the <em>International Herald Tribune</em> looks at a new rating scale that measures the quality of life in global cities based on the function and amenities of their airports.</p>
International Herald Tribune
March 4, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Though it is designed to cushion the blow for workers laid off because of foreign competition, the Trade Act Adjustment program is widely criticized for being difficult to access and unrealistic for many adults with extremely limited incomes.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
March 2, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Why we should be worried about the rise of the world's new mega-cities.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
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>
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