Social / Demographics

A study published February 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association points to three reasons for the life expectancy being lower for Americans than in other developed nations. Care to guess what they are?
39 min ago   The Washington Post - Wonkblog
Stray chickens have overrun many parts of New Orleans since it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Apr 14, 2011   The New Orleans Times-Picayune
Marissa Ramirez, a planner, biologist, and former cancer researcher, writes about the connection between the neighborhoods children grow up in and their health later in life.
Apr 13, 2011   Sustainable Cities Collective
Gordon Douglas, writing for <em>Good Magazine</em>, explains that there has been an increase in the "unauthorized, creative alteration of public spaces for the common good" by enterprising citizens.
Apr 13, 2011   GOOD Magazine
With the aggressive implementation of a new master plan, an expansion of grassroots organization-led rides, the Bike Miami Days ciclovia, and a new bike sharing system, Miami and its surrounding municipalities are finally embracing urban cycling.
Apr 13, 2011   Miami Herald
Recent figures from the 2010 U.S. Census highlighted the fact that many cities remain racially segregated. This commentary argues that this situation is unlikely to change.
Apr 12, 2011   New American Media
With funding in question, the future of public libraries is uncertain. This slideshow explores how libraries function as a commons and public space in American cities.
Apr 12, 2011   Places
This essay from <em>Pop Matters</em> explores the connection between street art and urbanism.
Apr 12, 2011   Pop Matters
This review of data on bicycling shows shifts in who is biking in America, and how often. A key shift: whites aren't the only ones on two wheels.
Apr 10, 2011   Grist
This interactive map from <em>Forbes</em> shows, county by county, where Americans moved in 2008.
Apr 9, 2011   Forbes
This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> explores public spaces and their role in political change, and how over hundreds of years, riots have defined New York's Tompkins Square Park -- despite efforts to design unrest out.
Apr 9, 2011   99% Invisible