Social / Demographics

June 27, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The second largest mall owner in the nation will redevelop over 200 of its properties into mixed-use centers.</p>
New Urban News
June 27, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A recent column cites the phenomenon of subdivision walls as an example of how Americans are neglecting and shunning the public realm.</p>
The Charlotte Observer
June 26, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Fear of hurricanes, high housing costs, and prohibitive insurance premiums are driving coastal Florida residents north to Atlanta. Real estate agents and developers are happy, but the region is already strained by growth.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 25, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Often maligned by by most planners and urbanists, the City of Houston, Texas, receives a glowing defense from Joel Kotkin.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
June 25, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>A formerly crime-ridden public housing project has been redeveloped as a HUD Hope VI project. Many see as a successful turnaround, bringing in subsidized renters and buyers as well as market-rate homeowners.</p>
The New York Times
June 22, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Vacation home owners are getting involved in local issues in their second communities.</p>
The New York Times
June 21, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A high supply of jobs is bringing large amounts of migrant workers into the Pacific Northwest. But few affordable housing options exist, leaving many with no place to go.</p>
The Daily Astorian
June 21, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Plans to build a dam on the Nile River have incited protests, outrage, and even violence as Sudanese villagers demonstrate their opposition to a project that would flood them out of their ancient homeland.</p>
National Geographic
June 21, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>A number of studies have detailed the decreasing amount of time children spend outdoors -- a revelation that is prompting policy makers to look for ways to pull kids away from indoor activities such as video games and the Internet.</p>
The Washington Post
June 21, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>In a move to address poverty in the city, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has started a program that will pay low-income residents for doing things perceived to break the cycle of poverty, such as visiting a doctor and attending school regularly.</p>
ABC News
June 20, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Commuters in Boston are the most likely city dwellers to walk to work, but are second-to-last among commuters in 50 American cities to carpool, according to Census data.</p>
The Boston Globe
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