Social / Demographics

August 15, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>With a surge in population and some large-scale retail and entertainment complexes in the works, downtown L.A. is in the midst of a major urban shift. But as this column from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> argues, developers are shaping the growth.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
August 13, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Getting neighbors together for community events does more than prevent crime, according to the Project for Public Spaces.</p>
Project For Public Spaces
August 11, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>At the edge of Portland's urban growth boundary, a clash of rural and urban lifestyles is causing disputes between homeowners, farmers, and hunters.</p>
The Oregonian
August 10, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The idea of creating "complete streets" for cyclists, pedestrians, mass transit, and cars is gaining popularity across the country.</p>
USA Today
August 9, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Numbers continue to rise in New Orleans, where multiple demographic sources show the population at 60% of the total population before Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005.</p>
Associated Press via The Clarion-Ledger
August 8, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Urban geographer Richard Morrill discusses the history of growth in Seattle, the influences that cause it, and which of the influences can be controlled.</p>
Crosscut
August 8, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>The city of Jeffersonville, Indiana, has approved the annexation of more than 7,800 acres of nearby land -- a move that will increase the population by more than a third. Many of the people to be annexed are calling the move a land and money grab.</p>
The Courier-Journal
Blog post
August 7, 2007, 2pm PDT

I first visited the African American suburb of Country Club Hills, south of Chicago, as an interviewer for a research project. It seemed as though only race had been reversed: The Maryland suburbs I had grown up in were 80 percent white, these were 80 Black, but otherwise they were so utterly familiar, right down to the floor plan of the split-level ranches, that I knew the layout of every home before I went in.

In research I’ve begun on other Black, middle-class suburbs, however, it turns out that more than color has been reversed. In fact, race reverses many of the things planners have come to see as inevitable.

Greg Smithsimon
August 7, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>In Los Angeles and much of Southern California, more multi-family homes are being planned and built than single-family residences.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>In a national survey on the best Canadian cities, Vancouver finished with top honors. But other Canadian cities were also recognized for their strengths.</p>
The Vancouver Sun
August 6, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>While diversity has usually been trumpeted as a positive aspect of many urban areas -- new research by Harvard professor Robert Putnam suggests that increasing diversity leads to decreased levels of civic engagement and cooperation.</p>
The Boston Globe
August 6, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Immigration has become a hot spot in the presidential primaries, with immigrants being blamed for crime and consuming vital social services. Now a Harvard study has analyzed how they have affected, and will affect, the for-sale housing market.</p>
AP vis San Francisco Examiner
August 5, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A recent poll shows the majority of Americans think the use of surveillance cameras in public spaces are a good idea.</p>
Angus Reid Global Monitor
August 4, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>While American drivers are burning record amounts of gas to feed their motoring habits, a weird thing is happening in the freeway state – Californians continue to consume less gasoline. Sustained high gas prices may play a role by changing behavior.</p>
The Oakland Tribune
August 3, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>In Marin County and other wealthy, liberal enclaves, many residents are vocally supportive of affordable housing and other causes -- unless its in their neighborhood.</p>
Mother Jones
August 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>As roads become more congested, one congestion mitigation proposal would encourage state workers to telecommute.</p>
The Idaho Statesman
August 1, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Opponents to gentrification often have a romanticized view of neighborhoods that prevents them from seeing how development is beneficial to everyone in a community -- rich and poor.</p>
American Thinker
July 31, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Whether is a proposal for congestion pricing in 2007 or the advent of parking meters in the 1930s, Americans have a way of being hostile towards plans that interfere with their 'constitutional right' to free driving and parking.</p>
Streetsblog
July 31, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>In Kalamazoo, Michigan, citizens of all ages are engaging each other to create and maintain safe and active neighborhoods.</p>
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 31, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>William Fulton observes that while high-income households are flocking to the inner-city and gobbling up pricey condos, poor families are having to double and triple up just to afford a home in the suburbs.</p>
The Los Angeles Times