Public Safety

February 27, 2013, 5am PST
Mumbai architect Pallavi Shrivastava reflects on the impact that the inaccessibility of the city has on the status of women in society and their ability to shape the future of the places in which they live.
The Global Urbanist
January 28, 2013, 6am PST
As recent headlines reveal the insecurity faced by women in India’s largest cities, the role – and responsibility – of urban planning is being questioned.
The Atlantic Cities
January 3, 2013, 10am PST
The case of a fatal bus rape in India, and subsequent protests, has captivated the world. But, argues Sarah Goodyear, the incident should serve as a larger reminder of the threat of violence and harassment towards women on transit systems worldwide.
Next City
December 22, 2012, 11am PST
A recent court order demanding the removal of 100 digital signs across L.A. was seen as a victory for those who had complained about the bright, and potentially distracting, billboards. But a sign company is arguing the order will harm public safety.
Los Angeles Daily News
October 20, 2012, 11am PDT
The <em>Economist</em> examines how London's inner city neighborhoods are well past an inflection point in crime rates. In many cases inner city neighborhoods are now safer than suburban neighborhoods and the trend is set to continue.
The Economist
September 6, 2012, 9am PDT
What's a better way to ensure lower crime than to involve police directly in the planning process? One development in Washington, D.C. will do just that.
The Washington Post
September 5, 2012, 9am PDT
What expectations for privacy should individuals have in public places? That is the question being posed by a new video surveillance system in D.C. being operated by a neighborhood association, reports Peter Hermann.
The Washington Post
August 8, 2012, 1pm PDT
Charles Piller reports on the investigation into suspect safety test results for roads and bridges across CA, including the new Bay Bridge, revealing a string of troubling data for which officials and critics are holding Caltrans accountable.
The Sacramento Bee
July 28, 2012, 7am PDT
After years of scandal, New Orleans accepts that the time for change has come.
The New York Times
April 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
Sarah Goodyear offers a brief history of urban development in postwar Europe, and tells of just how close the bicycle capitals of the West came to putting cars before people.
The Atlantic Cities
March 26, 2012, 1pm PDT
Adam Davies writes about the results of an experimental policing project in the Netherlands that seems to demonstrate that improvements to the pedestrian environment have reduced crime in Rotterdam.
Walkonomics
January 7, 2012, 3pm PST
Put you feet up on an an subway seat, and risk going to to jail. Bad behavior, sure. But criminal? In an effort to make the subway safer, NYPD is viewing even minor code violations seriously.
The New York Times
January 13, 2011, 7am PST
Cities across the developing world are dealing more with rising obesity rates as urbanization occurs, reports TheCityFix's Jonna McKone.
TheCityFix
December 19, 2009, 9am PST
The amount of closed-circuit security cameras operated by local councils in the United Kingdom has nearly tripled over the past 10 years, according to a new report.
BBC
December 18, 2009, 9am PST
American drinking water meets federal safety standards, but some say it's only because those standards are far too low and don't accurately reflect the potential for contamination.
The New York Times
October 28, 2009, 9am PDT
Forbes Magazine jumps into the fray once again with their list of "America's Safest Cities." Violent crime, workplace deaths, fatal crashes and natural disasters are all a part of the data considered.
Forbes
August 31, 2009, 6am PDT
A new study of public high school students suggests a connection between obesity and feeling unsafe in one's neighborhood.
ABC News
July 23, 2009, 11am PDT
Author Chris Steiner looks at the public health and public safety ramifications of higher gas prices.
Forbes Magazine
December 2, 2008, 8am PST
A bi-partisan PA bill with considerable support seeks to redirect funds from the Motor License Fund, paid by motorists, that currently go to the State Police to roads. The police budget would have to compete with other needs from the general fund.
Land Line
October 27, 2008, 7am PDT
Officials in Toronto have decided to keep secret the locations of 90 security cameras installed on public buildings. Residents and union officials are outraged.
Toronto Sun