Social / Demographics

April 16, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Away from New York City's gentrified neighborhoods, there exists the middle class, ethnically diverse, and incredibly unglamorous neighborhoods of Brooklyn's Jamaica Avenue.</p>
The New York Times
April 14, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>On its site, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal utilizes GIS technology to allow residents to plug in their street name or zip code and see recently reported crimes in their areas.</p>
Memphis Commercial-Appeal
April 14, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Working-class families priced out of urban areas and a squeezed middle class facing shrinking wages and unaffordable housing, are among those living in poverty in the suburbs.</p>
April 13, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>In an effort to bring 1,000 buildings up to code and to perhaps preserve the modicum of affordable housing left in the city, Mayor Bloomberg is supporting a bill that forces land lords to pay for improvements.</p>
The New York Times
April 12, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>California has the highest amount of minorities living near industrial facilities in the nation. Los Angeles alone has more than 1 million living within two miles of hazardous waste facilities.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>With tax abatement for 5 to 15 years for renovated properties, the City of Richmond, Virginia, loses $14.6 million each year in real estate taxes. Meanwhile, long-time residents are pushed out by high taxes for unrenovated houses they own or rent.</p>
Style Weekly
April 12, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Statistics provided by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commisison (SEWRPC) at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union show that SEWRPC's technical advisory committees are 98% white.</p>
The Capital Times
April 12, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Despite vastly higher levels of federal affordable housing tax credits awarded to Louisiana, developers are pulling out of projects because they can't make sufficient profits.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
April 10, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>An interview with Keith Ernst, senior policy counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, on the devastating impact of subprime loans on home ownership.</p>
Democracy Now!
April 8, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>The population in Houston has passed that of Miami, making it the sixth-largest city in the United States. Between 2000 and 2006, the city saw a 17.5% growth rate.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
April 7, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Randall Crane offers a blog post about his research of an exception to the gender gap: the trip linking work and home, which is consistently and persistently shorter for women than men.</p>
Urban Planning Research / Randall Crane's Blog
April 7, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Residents in Cleveland, Ohio, may be putting their tax dollars towards relocating a strip club. The relocation is part of an effort to acquire the club's current location for reuse as a homeless shelter.</p>
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 6, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>For those who can't get to the coast, tons of sand have been trucked into a park in Mexico City, where residents flock to spend a day at the "beach". But critics see the effort as a wasteful in a city where many residents still have no running water.</p>
The Guardian Unlimited
April 6, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>After many years of lagging population growth many attribute to the bust of the dot-com boom, the San Francisco Bay Area has shown a positive population growth rate for recent years.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Confirming what Atlanta residents have long sensed based on mind-numbing traffic and high-rise condo towers breeding like bunnies, the Census Bureau announced that the Atlanta region has added more residents since 2000 than any other U.S. metro.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 3, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>A growing number of scholars argue that traditional ideas about the causes of gentrification, as well as the winners and losers, may be unfit to describe the complex processes happening in modern day cities.</p>
The Boston Globe
Blog post
April 3, 2007, 1pm PDT

Here's an item that should be more than enough to make you spew your morning latte all over the Starbucks:

In a survey, conducted last year and released yesterday by Mercer Consulting, ranking the top 50 global cities by quality of life, not a single American city cracks the top half. Zero.

Josh Stephens
April 3, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Wealthy retirees who value city living over golf courses are creating demand for new urban, high-rise retirement communities.</p>
The New York Times
April 2, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>While some cities are attempting to drive immigrants out, others are welcoming them with open arms. As a Wall Street Journal writer asserts, "All booming American cities are immigrant cities."</p>
The Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>L.J. Williamson laments that many parents do not let their children walk, bike, or play outdoors fearing for their safety even as crime rates go down and concerns about childhood obesity-related ailments rise.</p>