Social / Demographics

November 9, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>As the Disney Corporation and the city of Anaheim, California, squabble over a proposal to build affordable housing near the Happiest Place on Earth, Morris Newman suggests turning the affordable housing project into an "urban theme park".</p>
California Planning & Development Report
November 9, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Cars and scooters rules the roads -- and often the sidewalks -- in Greece, making things difficult for the country's pedestrians. A new activist movement is looking to bring illegal parking and pedestrian-right-of-way violations to light.</p>
International Herald Tribune
November 7, 2007, 8am PST
<p>The government in the UK has announced plans to create "healthy towns" that encourage exercise through urban design. Is this idea going too far to control peoples' activity?</p>
November 7, 2007, 7am PST
<p>In this interview, civil rights leader and environmentalist Van Jones talks about the interconnections between urban sprawl, racism and the "prison-industrial complex".</p>
November 7, 2007, 5am PST
<p>After a <em>New York Times</em> real estate article points out that on top of being one of America's most livable cities it is also one of its most affordable, there could be mass migration to Portland.</p>
The New York Times
November 3, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Tight restrictions and codes relating to immigrants their assimilation in Quebec are being blamed for causing a mass exodus from the Canadian province.</p>
November 2, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Everybody loves Portland, but this article from <em>Willamette Week</em> deconstructs the media crush on the city from inside its borders.</p>
Willamette Week
October 31, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Strategies used by cities such as Miami, Philadelphia, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, &amp; Denver for reducing homelessness are working.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>After a rash of violence at its annual Castro district Halloween festival in recent years, San Francisco has put the kibosh on this year's festivities. City officials are hoping word of the party's cancellation has been heard.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
October 30, 2007, 8pm PDT

Over the past three months, my girlfriend and I have made three trips to the suburbs of Miami. Twice to the Whole Foods we desperately lack on Miami Beach (Yes, Wild Oats is okay, but for us food snobs it just does not compare) and once to the brand new, soul-killing, 283,000 square foot IKEA to partially outfit our 450 square foot South Beach studio apartment.

Mike Lydon
October 30, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Southern California's wildfires have emphasized the fact that many people choose to live in disaster-prone areas all across the country. Many of them say the benefits outweigh the inherent risk.</p>
U.S. News & World Report
October 30, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The border towns of El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico, are increasingly becoming more and more alike -- from demographics, to land development types, to housing prices.</p>
The New York Times
October 29, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Belo Horizonte is by no means a well-known city from the South American country of Brazil. But with more than 12,000 bars, the city is gaining notoriety as one of the world's best places to drink.</p>
The New York Times
October 29, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Americans across the country suffer from unhealthy diets and too little exercise, but these cities' residents are the worst offenders.</p>
October 28, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>With a flood of new condos, booming downtown Toronto is the fastest-growing area in the city.</p>
The Toronto Star
October 26, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Recent polls show that anti-development sentiment is stronger than ever, with 75 percent of Americans opposing new development in their communities.</p>
October 25, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Increased development in wooded and fire-prone areas is one of the major causes of California's recent "megafires".</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
October 24, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Survey says: Philadelphians are the ugliest (and perhaps the fattest) people in the U.S, while the beach-loving residents of San Diego and Miami are the most gorgeous.</p>
Yahoo News
October 24, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Low vacancy rates are threatening to push younger populations out of Vancouver.</p>
The Globe and Mail
October 23, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The "Neck" area of the Charleston, South Carolina region, connecting the cities of North Charleston and Charleston, holds the potential to become an urban model regarding several issues which are plaguing the metropolitan area.</p>
The Post & Courier