Social / Demographics

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
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
February 22, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Changes in technology -- and many parents' obsessive search for the perfect school -- are enabling families to move further afield to access quality education.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
February 21, 2007, 10am PST
<p>After floods killed more than 700 in 2001, the government in Mozambique has shifted its disaster management from 'response' to 'prevention'. With recent floods swallowing villages whole, the new disaster prevention efforts have saved hundreds.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
February 20, 2007, 7am PST
<p>With Metro Atlanta's senior population set to mushroom, the region's planning agency says that area communities are not prepared to deal with the consequences of an aging population.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 19, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Former California State Health Officer Richard Jackson offers a prescription for a country suffering from obesity, diabetes, and poor fitness: design neighborhoods, schools, and buildings that promote incidental exercise.</p>
The Planning Report
February 19, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Residents living near bars in Seattle lament about the late-night antics that surround their lives. Some residents and local officials call for an increased police presence, but others call that a waste of resources.</p>
The Seattle Stranger
February 12, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Residents of leafy suburban communities are alarmed that the crime they thought they left behind in the city has followed them into their new neighborhoods.</p>
The Sacramento Bee
February 12, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Prestigious Manhattan locations are being purchased by absentee buyers for their occasional visits, with ill effects for those who want to call Manhattan their first home. New construction is often targeted for wealthy part-timers, not residents.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Canada's official multiculturalism -- which is more about celebrating diversity than achieving equality -- is encouraging a dramatic growth in urban and suburban ethnic enclaves, and may be impeding integration with the larger society.</p>
The Globe & Mail
February 8, 2007, 8am PST
<p>Rural colleges are urbanizing their campuses to stay competitive with their peers and keep up with evolving demographic preferences.</p>
The New York Times
February 7, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Science News reviews the research and opinions linking sprawl and obesity, and investigates whether urban sprawl "makes people fat."</p>
Science News
February 7, 2007, 5am PST
<p>A new trend appearing in the slums of Brazil is a high number of foreign tourists and expatriates who visit or even move into the impoverished areas. Meanwhile, Brazil's middle and upper classes keep their distance from the dangerous slums.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
February 6, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Brooklyn's Starrett City is for sale. While most of the rents of the almost 5,900 apartments are federally subsidized, the tenants fear eventual displacement. Governor Spitzer has signaled he is willing to assist to keep the project affordable.</p>
The New York Times
February 5, 2007, 7am PST
<p>A recent report has identified a severe housing shortage for senior citizens. Waiting periods for subsidized senior housing can last more than 13 months, according to the report.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
January 31, 2007, 10am PST
<p>A new study about the effects of local highway pollution on children's health has determined that living near highways can cause lifelong health risks. The results may cause many planners to reconsider where new housing and schools are developed.</p>
The Los Angeles Times