Demographics

January 9, 2009, 12pm PST
A new GIS-based service promises to improve on real estate agents by using GIS data to locate promising sites to locate for business.
BusinessWeek
October 8, 2008, 9am PDT
Charlotte faces a number of challenges in the 21st century, from rising immigration to declining industry to sprawl. This <em>Citistates Report</em> suggests one strategy to harbor a healthy future: go green.
The Charlotte Observer
September 4, 2008, 8am PDT
Its birth rate declining, Canada is facing an unprecedented drop in school enrollments, leading to a wave of closures.
The Globe and Mail
August 1, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Author Alan Ehrenhalt says that conditions are ripe for the permanent return of downtown residential neighborhoods, and that a "demographic inversion" has already begun in Manhattan, Chicago and Washington, DC, among other cities.</p>
The New Republic
Blog post
June 3, 2007, 7pm PDT

Two years ago I saw John Norquist, former Mayor of Milwaukee and current President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, give a presentation on the state of America’s cities. During the slide show, Norquist used two sets of images to effectively convey a point about urban disinvestment in America. The first set of images was of Berlin and Detroit circa 1945. Unsurprisingly, the Berlin image displayed a war-torn and rubble-strewn city, while the Detroit image revealed why it was once called the Paris of the Midwest -- it was simply elegant.  However, the second set of images displayed the same two cities 60 years later. It was as if Detroit had been through an epic war and not Berlin.

Mike Lydon
Blog post
April 17, 2007, 8am PDT
I had heard stories about this the last time I visited Japan in 2004, but this month's Tokyo city briefing from The Economist brought this trend back to my attention. It seems retiring boomers are abandoning their suburban bedroom communities to return to the metropolitan core - presumably to be near friends, cultural attractions, and other amenities (health care? education?). I've seen rumblings of this as well in the New York metro area.
Anthony Townsend
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