Social / Demographics

The community was long known as predominantly Greek and Italian, but tensions existed with the African-American community. As whites moved to the suburbs, they were replaced with a "poly-glot mix" without the tensions. Next challenge: gentrification.
Yesterday   NPR Code Switch
Asrai Ord explicates Rebecca Solnit's belief that "the car has become a prosthetic… for a conceptually impaired body or a body impaired by the creation of a world that is no longer human in scale."
Sep 25, 2010   The Planning Pool
Neal Pierce argues that retiring Mayor Daley's achievements in Chicago "stand out as beacons for mayors, American and worldwide, to emulate." He attributes some of his success to sheer political skill, but also examines seven effective policy shifts.
Sep 24, 2010   Citiwire
In Haiti, displacement camps full of people left without homes after the devastating January earthquake are becoming more and more permanent. Deborah Gans argues that these sites should be more carefully planned to foster functioning places.
Sep 24, 2010   Places
Travel + Leisure magazine confuses suburbs with small cities in a recent article called "Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit." The New Urban Network shows how they got it wrong.
Sep 22, 2010   New Urban Network
Freshwater resources are running out and being overused -- a global crisis that can be seen in the declining flows of the Colorado River.
Sep 22, 2010   Smithsonian Magazine
A proposed irrigation project near the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru that would divert water away from small villages has sparked violent protests.
Sep 22, 2010   Guardian
A new museum exhibit in Vermont invites visitors to review various proposals for updating the riverfront in Brattleboro -- and allows them to submit their own ideas.
Sep 22, 2010   Change Observer
Finnish architect Tuomas Toivonen has just released an album of urbanism- and architecture-themed rap songs.
Sep 21, 2010   City Of Sound
Without a word of protest, San Francisco's Rebar Group leads the 5th annual worldwide event which highlights the need for public green space.
Sep 21, 2010   New Urban Network
Cyclists who disobey traffic laws are the No. 1 police complaint among residents of Manhattan's Upper East Side. Could the built environment be the real culprit?
Sep 20, 2010   New Urban Network