Social / Demographics

June 18, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The US EPA is directing educational and research efforts that explain (among other things) the financial benefits of smart growth directly to the nation's largest homebuilders and developers.</p>
New Urban News
June 18, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>The Minneapolis City Council has approved a measure to crack down on panhandling.</p>
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
June 16, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Despite rising gas prices, more people are commuting to work alone, the amount of carpoolers has dropped, and no increase has been seen in the percentage of Americans who use public transit, according to recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.</p>
The Washington Post
June 15, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Walkability has been shown to greatly improve the health and wellbeing of senior citizens. In response to recent studies on this issue, planners are looking to create walkable neighborhoods that encourage healthy habits for residents of all ages.</p>
The Seattle Times
June 15, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Broad regulations have been approved in Berkeley, California, that would ban certain activities in public spaces, such as laying on the ground and urinating. This set of rules seeks to impose greater control over the city's homeless population.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Parents who grew up in the city but raised their children in the suburbs wonder if they made the right choice.</p>
The Charlotte Observer
June 14, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>A new report from the Brookings Institution shows that suburbs are aging faster than cities -- and may signal a desire by seniors to stay put in their suburban communities.</p>
The New York Times
June 13, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>In this special report, the WSJ examines the growing popularity of rail-based TODs, examining their effect on land values as well as the challenges they may face in obtaining approval.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The book, "Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul" is making the rounds among church congregations who find meaning in its message.</p>
The Washington Post
Blog post
June 12, 2007, 8am PDT

Solve this riddle: New York has an unequaled reputation for diversity in the US, but at the same time ranks as “hyper-segregated” in measures of Black-white racial segregation. How do we unravel this contradiction, and what does it say about what diversity really is?

The Columbia Encyclopedia provides the prevailing view: “New York City is also famous for its ethnic diversity, manifesting itself in scores of communities representing virtually every nation on earth, each preserving its identity.”

Greg Smithsimon
June 12, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Metro Atlanta ranked as the second costliest area to live in the U.S. for working families after the region's sky-high transportation costs were considered along with housing costs.</p>
Blog post
June 11, 2007, 10pm PDT

It is now about 22 months since hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. I was recently in New Orleans for the first time and had plenty to see. The city is still very much in a state of devastation. But there has also been a lot of progress.

In this post, I'd like to share some pictures I took when I was there and some facts and figures I've come across that help illustrate the current situation in the city.

Nate Berg
June 11, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>With more and more grandparent raising their grandchildren nationally, developers are responding to the demand for housing that can accommodate both age groups and provide the specialized services each needs.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
June 10, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>While encouraging the city's residents to embrace higher densities and public transit, many of Los Angeles's smart growth advocates live in single family homes and commute long distances in cars.</p>
LA Weekly
June 8, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A human rights group has accused the Chinese Government of forcing 1.5 million residents from their homes in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing -- the latest in a continuing saga of displacement in former host cities.</p>
The Washington Post
June 7, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Assaults and property crimes are also up in 2006, according to recently released FBI data. City officials are hoping the increase is a one-time occurrence, and not a trend that could endanger its ongoing urban revitalization efforts.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 7, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Fewer and fewer parents are allowing their children to leave the house unattended. Citing safety concerns, nearly half of parents prefer to keep their kids home.</p>
BBC
June 6, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Space for the dead is an increasingly tight commodity in England, so the government has pushed plans to increase the density of its graveyards. Under the new plans, older gravesites could be altered to accommodate up to six additional coffins.</p>
BBC
Blog post
June 6, 2007, 5am PDT

Although the latest immigration bill being debated upon in congress has attracted relatively little attention from planners, the planning implications of reforming or not reforming current immigration policy are huge. Immigration impacts labor markets, and thereby commuting patterns, transportation planning and economic development. Immigration swells the population of many cities and towns forcing planners to rethink their plans for housing, schools and other public services. Often overlooked, however, is f immigration’s impact on the planning process itself.

Lance Freeman
June 5, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Americans generally see bigger as better, and a desire for status combined with local government's desire to attract high-income residents often drives the development of large homes on large lots.</p>
The Environmental Report