Social / Demographics

September 1, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>The quality of the world's soil is rapidly diminishing and many scientists are concerned that by 2050 there will not be enough arable land to grow the food to feed the steadily growing population.</p>
The Guardian
September 1, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>With developers readying to move in on the centrally-located Mumbai slum of Dharavi, residents are organizing protests to try to ensure that displaced residents are adequately compensated.</p>
September 1, 2007, 7am PDT
<p><em>Der Spiegel</em> interviews urban researcher Charles Landry about how cities can harness their creative classes and stay competitive in the global market.</p>
Der Spiegel
August 30, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>When it comes to reducing carbon footprints and living sustainably, urban residents perform the best.</p>
August 29, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>With large investments made in refurbishing and emphasizing its waterfront in recent years, Barcelona has set off on a path towards rejuvenation -- bringing in many foreigners and a surge of young, creative professionals.</p>
Der Spiegel
August 29, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Advocates for the homeless offer their advice on dealing with homeless people sleeping in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They say that, with some caveats, the homeless should be allowed to sleep in the park. Residents feel differently.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 28, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Two years later, many New Orleans neighborhoods remain abandoned and former residents report no intentions of returning.</p>
The Washington Post
August 27, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>A major rezoning in Jamaica, Queens, to allow more jobs and housing, up to six stories, is cautiously supported by some community boards, and opposed outright by others.</p>
The New York Times
August 27, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The population shift from rural to urban areas is making big changes in the Great Plains. While many rural small towns are disappearing, the shift is opening new doors for business and preservation.</p>
USA Today
August 26, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>A Canadian city suspicious about the low population count reported in the national census decided to do its own count. The city found 2,000 more people than the census -- a figure that would have equated to $600,000 more in federal grant money.</p>
August 25, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>After decades of population decline, New York City is growing again.</p>
International Herald Tribune
August 24, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>The Portland area's population is expected to gain more than a million people by 2030, and the suburbs ringing the city are looking to handle the growth by increasing density, building higher, and developing more vibrant suburban town centers.</p>
The Oregonian
August 24, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Vancouver has once again been named the most livable city in the world. But some fear that the qualities that pushed the city to top honors will be hard to maintain as the city grows.</p>
The Vancouver Sun
August 23, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>In the squatter settlements in South African slums, a burgeoning new industry is developing around so-called "poverty tours", where Western tourists are taken off the beaten tour path to see what life is like in impoverished squatter communities.</p>
Mail & Guardian
August 22, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>When does an 'anti-gentrification group' cross the line to simply stopping progress in a community? That charge has been leveled against San Francisco's Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition after the city's environmental review process was expanded.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 21, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Many American cities are looking to new ways of handling their homeless populations, including programs that provide assistance in renting permanent housing rather than pouring money into temporary shelters.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
August 20, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Four unincorporated communities in Atlanta have become new cities...and outsourced neary all government services to private corporations.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Census officials are asking immigration officials to halt raids during the 2010 Census enumeration process in hopes of obtaining an accurate count of illegal immigrants in the country.</p>
Associated Press via The Seattle Times
August 17, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>The homeless population of a government-sanctioned tent city has slowly dwindled to less than half its original size as officials in the Canadian city of Edmonton move forward with plans to close the impromptu squatter settlement.</p>
August 17, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Improvements in public services and rising wages are fostering the creation of a prosperous middle class in many Latin American countries.</p>
The Economist