Prepping for Today's Big 2020 Census Release

Setting the table as the nation awaits the first results from the 2020 Census.

April 26, 2021, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


2020 Census Logo

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The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to announce the first set of results from the 2020 Census today, with consequences for the makeup of Congress. While waiting for the announcement, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic but long troubled by reported neglect by the Trump administration and controversies like the citizenship question decided by the Supreme Court in 2019, media outlets have been busy setting the context for today's announcement, with the expectation that this year's count could shift demographic trends away from the nation's most populous states to the nation's fastest growing states.  

Here's a list of suggested reading to prepare for the coming deluge of data, analysis, and hot takes:

Monday, April 26, 2021 in National Public Radio

The New York Public Library's stone lions Patience and Fortitude have donned face masks to remind New Yorkers to wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Top Urban Planning Books of 2021

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November 26, 2021 - James Brasuell

Empty Road

The Roadway Expansion Paradox

Motorists want expensive roadway expansions provided that somebody else foots the bill, but when required to pay directly through tolls, the need for more capacity often disappears. What should planners do?

November 28, 2021 - Todd Litman

Homeless encampments on the Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk.

The Blue State Problem

The New York Times and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver have a message for progressives living in liberal cities in Blue States: you're part of the problem.

November 21, 2021 - The New York Times

A man passes by a store in an empty mall. A sign in the window of the store reads "Covid-19 Essentials."

Downtown Foot Traffic Recovering Slowly, Report Says

Pedestrian activity in U.S. downtowns is still way down compared to pre-Covid levels, but the numbers are ticking back up month by month.

3 hours ago - Globe St.

A sign on a door says proof of vaccine is required to enter.

Another Biden COVID Vaccine Mandate on Hold

Last month, a court stayed Biden's large private employer mandate that requires workers to be vaccinated or test-and-mask. On Tuesday, a federal district court judge stayed the vaccine mandate that applies nationwide to most health care workers.

4 hours ago - The New York Times

Pacific Ocean

Cities Finding Ways to Resist State-Mandated Upzoning

The resistance to state-mandated zoning reforms, already well underway in Oregon, is now starting to whiplash through California as well.

5 hours ago - Los Angeles Times

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