Social / Demographics

The city may grow by 200,000 in the next two years, surpassing Philadelphia and Phoenix, if city leaders agree to annex five surrounding unincorporated areas. The Wall Street Journal considers the effect of annexation on meeting inner city needs.
4 days ago   The Wall Street Journal
The city of Baldwin Park, California -- purported home of the world's first drive-thru -- is temporarily banning any new construction of drive-thrus to try to combat obesity.
Aug 4, 2010   The Christian Science Monitor
John Lorinc, author of the New City, points out the many ways that the Canadian long-form census -- which is set to be scrapped -- informs city planning, strategic planning and social service provision.
Aug 3, 2010   The Globe and Mail
Frequent street closures due to unregulated protest -- up to about 7 per day -- clog the streets of Mexico City, leaving some hungry for a more active response from the government.
Aug 3, 2010   The New York Times
Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is paying close attention to the link between transportation options and obesity in America. <em>Next American City</em>'s Willy Staley looks at whether this attention will fight the epidemic.
Aug 3, 2010   Next American City
A population research group reports on two simultaneously occurring population trends in the world affecting developed and less developed nations: Working age adults have dropped precipitously, while poorer nations grow too fast.
Aug 2, 2010   The New York Times - World
At $41,000 the new Chevrolet Volt is a "rich man's ride." Charles Lane asks why is President Obama offering federal tax credits of $7,500 to help better-off American's buy expensive cars?
Aug 2, 2010   Slate
A new project has created a digital map of Kibera, a large slum outside Nairobi, Kenya.
Aug 1, 2010   Design Observer
Real estate investment is expected to rise sharply in the greater Cairo region. Some fear this will bring about American-style suburban sprawl.
Jul 31, 2010   Global Real Estate Monitor
Safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable public transport options could be integral in addressing inequality in Latin America.
Jul 30, 2010   TheCityFix
A few days ago, I was in a Chicago neighborhood called Lincoln Square, on Lincoln Avenue just south of Lawrence Avenue.  Lincoln Avenue looks like many posh urban neighborhoods- narrow, walkable streets inhabited by gelato-eating, prosperous-looking people.  Even on a weeknight, the shops and streets of Lincoln Square betrayed no evidence of a recession.* Opinion
Jul 29, 2010   By Michael Lewyn