Social / Demographics

May 14, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>City officials in Oakland, California, are proposing the creation of a "tent city" to provide temporary shelter to the homeless. Advocates say the private tents will be preferred to the city's existing barracks-style shelters.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Free off-peak transportation on buses and trains in Connecticut has generated interest and support, but some seniors would prefer that greater funding be devoted to existing dial-a-ride services that are already in place across the state.</p>
The New York Times
May 13, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>With no restrictions on immigration, Spain is increasingly home to an immigrant-rich population. And while some feared the open policy would strain the country's public services, the economic benefit has far outweighed the cost in services.</p>
Der Spiegel
May 12, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Though swank new condo towers in certain hip metro markets are catering to young singles, empty nesters are ruining the party by purchasing units as well.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
May 11, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>New Orleans black population has been more negatively affected by Hurricane Katrina than the city's white population, according to a recent survey.</p>
NPR
May 10, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>In the last five years, U.S. cities have taken a different approach to dealing with homelessness -- providing specialized services to the most vulnerable. The man heading this effort says that other cities like Vancouver should follow the U.S. lead.</p>
The Vancouver Sun
May 10, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>In an effort to encourage its growing elderly population to exercise, Berlin, Germany has opened a public playground intended for the city's most senior citizens.</p>
Der Spiegel
May 10, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>This report from <em>NPR</em> looks at the preparations, new technologies, and test runs that are currently underway to prepare for Census 2010.</p>
NPR
May 8, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>In this Wall Street Journal editorial, the author analyzes Census data to argue that famed "Coastal Megalopolises" such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York and San Francisco are actually becoming America's equivalent of Mexico City and São Paulo.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
May 7, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>With world's urbanized population now at 50 percent, urban living seems set to be the global norm -- though its unclear if many cities can cope with the challenge.</p>
The Economist
Feature
May 7, 2007, 7am PDT
Rather than seeking to eliminate the presence of the informal sector, urban planning should seek to accommodate this important component of urban economies.
Deden Rukmana
May 6, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Rather than advocate for population growth, the gritty industrial city of Youngstown, Ohio, has launched a bold plan to -- among other strategies -- let declining neighborhoods empty out and be converted to greenspace.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
May 6, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Every year, Bert Sperling and his small team of researchers get to decide which are the best places to live, work, play, and even love.</p>
The New York Times
May 4, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Could a 'green' makeover of one of China's most infamous public spaces help signal the country's shifting politics?</p>
The Guardian Unlimited
May 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>San Francisco's density bonus is being used by for-profit developers marketing condos designated for seniors -- albeit for a price.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Mayors and local officials along the Texas-Mexico border are angry that they were not included in a planning process to create more than 150 miles of fencing along the international border. Officials fear the fences will harm their local economies.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
May 2, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>One mile of road in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will be closed to cars every Saturday this summer, just one of many examples of car-free zones that are being proposed in the U.S.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
May 2, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Speaking at a technology related conference, Andres Duany talks about how the rise of high-speed internet connections and telecommuting has increased the importance of social activity created by traditional neighborhood design.</p>
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
May 2, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>This report from <em>NPR</em> details local opposition to a Department of Homeland Security plan to erect watch towers along the Arizona-Mexico border.</p>
NPR
May 1, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Citing the popularity and success of closed-circuit television cameras that have been installed in many public places for crime-fighting purposes, politicians in the UK are considering attaching microphones and even loudspeakers to these cameras.</p>
BBC