Social / Demographics

December 23, 2006, 9am PST
<p>The U.S. Census Bureau reported it's findings for the year ending July 1, 2006: Arizona overtook Nevada to grow the fastest; Texas grew the most, followed by Florida and California, which remains the most populous state.</p>
The New York Times
December 22, 2006, 7am PST
<p>The population growth rate has decline for the sixth year in a row in California, causing policymakers to voice concern over a future shortage in the state's educated workforce. High costs of living are blamed for the decline.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
December 21, 2006, 12pm PST
<p>The Parliament in India has passed bill granting more than 27 million forest dwellers legal rights to their ancestral lands. Before the bill's passage, the forest dwellers were defenseless as logging and mining interests moved in.</p>
BBC
December 21, 2006, 11am PST
<p>A new report has been released in Japan that projects a sharp drop in the country's population over the next 50 years. The report predicts that a declining birth rate will cause a decrease of more than 30% by 2055.</p>
BBC
December 18, 2006, 11am PST
<p>Bushmen have won a long court case against the Botswanan government for illegally removing them from their ancestral lands. The ruling is expected to set a standard for other indigenous people in the protection of their ancestral lands.</p>
BBC
Feature
December 18, 2006, 7am PST
Heather MacDonald
December 17, 2006, 1pm PST
<p>An 'eclectic' portrait of the American people is drawn from over 1,400 tables in the newly-released Census Bureau's 2007 Statistical Abstract of the United States.</p>
The New York Times
December 17, 2006, 7am PST
<p>Model D uses the new CEO's For Cities report to analyze Detroit's strengths (more than you might think) and its weaknesses.</p>
Model D
December 17, 2006, 5am PST
<p>Bellevue, Seattle's largest neighboring city, grapples with Robert Lang's categorization of it as a "boomburb" -- having nearly as many foreign born citizens (32%) as New York's Brooklyn neighborhood (38%).</p>
The Seattle Times
December 15, 2006, 1pm PST
<p>A recent survey reveals that San Diego County senior citizens are less likely to use public transportation as they grow older. Many seniors cite their lack of experience, long waits, and a lack of adequate routes as keeping them from using transit.</p>
The North County Times
December 14, 2006, 6am PST
<p>In New York and across the country, the number of single women buying houses and condominiums is on the rise.</p>
The New York Times
December 13, 2006, 9am PST
<p>For the first time since 1994, more residents left California than arrived -- and this time the outflow includes even Hispanics. High housing costs are blamed for the shift in migration.</p>
Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
December 12, 2006, 11am PST
<p>As poverty increases in Brazil and small farmers are pushed off of their lands into the overcrowded city's and ghettos, some groups are doing whatever it takes to re-distribute farmland to the poor.</p>
Adbusters
December 12, 2006, 7am PST
<p>A new study released by a University of Toronto researcher suggests that sprawl is not necessarily the cause of the obesity widely reported to exist in sprawling areas, but rather obese people may simply be attracted to sprawl.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
December 11, 2006, 2pm PST
<p>The new form of the shopping mall -- lifestyle centers -- are fulfilling the original destiny of the American mall by "re-creating the essence of urban life", writes Virginia Postrel in a Los Angeles Times opinion.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
Feature
December 11, 2006, 7am PST
As part of a monthly series, we present a summary and analysis of some of the most interesting news to appear on Planetizen over the month of November 2006. This is the transcript of an audio segment that originally aired on the nationally syndicated radio program "Smart City".
Nate Berg
December 10, 2006, 5am PST
<p>A block of neighborhood-minded Baltimore residents has pressured the city's zoning board to reject a plan to create a community service center nearby that offers job training and AIDS counseling, despite the area's need for economic investment.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
December 9, 2006, 5am PST
<p>In a victory for local leaders, the San Fernando Valley breaks away from Los Angeles County, at least according to the U.S. Census.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
December 8, 2006, 7am PST
<p>As suburbs have increased in population, so too have their rates of poverty, according to a new Brookings Institution Report. Suburban poor now outnumber their inner-city counterparts for the first time.</p>
The Mercury News
December 7, 2006, 1pm PST
<p>A recent study on childhood development in compact cities calls on planners to consider the needs of children when making plans to avoid not giving children enough places to play. Children's motor skills are negatively affected, making them clumsy.</p>
The Sydney Morning Herald