Social / Demographics

May 6, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Every year, Bert Sperling and his small team of researchers get to decide which are the best places to live, work, play, and even love.</p>
The New York Times
May 4, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Could a 'green' makeover of one of China's most infamous public spaces help signal the country's shifting politics?</p>
The Guardian Unlimited
May 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>San Francisco's density bonus is being used by for-profit developers marketing condos designated for seniors -- albeit for a price.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Mayors and local officials along the Texas-Mexico border are angry that they were not included in a planning process to create more than 150 miles of fencing along the international border. Officials fear the fences will harm their local economies.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
May 2, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>One mile of road in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will be closed to cars every Saturday this summer, just one of many examples of car-free zones that are being proposed in the U.S.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
May 2, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Speaking at a technology related conference, Andres Duany talks about how the rise of high-speed internet connections and telecommuting has increased the importance of social activity created by traditional neighborhood design.</p>
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
May 2, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>This report from <em>NPR</em> details local opposition to a Department of Homeland Security plan to erect watch towers along the Arizona-Mexico border.</p>
NPR
May 1, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Citing the popularity and success of closed-circuit television cameras that have been installed in many public places for crime-fighting purposes, politicians in the UK are considering attaching microphones and even loudspeakers to these cameras.</p>
BBC
April 30, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>A new survey finds that neighborhoods experiencing gentrification have a high number of people blogging about their community.</p>
The New York Times
April 30, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>In California, a huge team of volunteers is building the nation's largest playground for disabled children, equipped with slides and ramps wide enough for wheelchairs, rubber ground padding, and textured play surfaces for blind children.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 27, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Land is being grabbed up all over India in efforts to industrialize the country and bring in foreign investment. The country's poor in these primarily agricultural areas are disproportionately affected by these acquisitions.</p>
International Herald Tribune
April 27, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>With Baby Boomers moving into their 60s and a significantly smaller population of younger workers, officials in British Columbia have passed a bill that will do away with the province's mandatory retirement age of 65.</p>
Times Colonist
April 26, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has undertaken an experiment and social commentary stunt to survive on food stamps. He hopes his $21-a-week food budget will raise awareness of the plight of the low-income residents of his state.</p>
Statesman Journal
April 26, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Increased crime in downtown Minneapolis around bus stops prompts the mayor, police and businesses to pressure the transit agency to move 7th Street's bus stops three blocks away from the downtown entertainment district.</p>
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
April 26, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Under pressure from federal judges, California has approved plans to build 53,000 new prison and jail beds as part of a $7.3 billion construction effort. Critics say increasing capacity does not address the reasons why prisons are overcrowded.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Certain bus lines in Israel have an informal but strict practice of gender segregation, forcing women to sit in the back of the bus. Many women have protested this separation system, which is mainly enforced by riders in orthodox neighborhoods.</p>
BBC
April 25, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Children are integral to the urban environment, yet we have shrunk the places where they can play, grow and thrive. Creating natural environments where children are free to imagine and play without instruction and structure is critical to our future.</p>
The Financial Times, London
April 22, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Amid recent talk amongst Canadian officials about the future of Canada's capital city, Ottawa, some say the government city is too square to become an international destination. But others see a way for Ottawa to "swagger".</p>
The Ottawa Citizen
April 21, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Mohawk Indians in Canada have parked a bus on a busy rail line, effectively cutting off transit between Toronto and Ottawa. They are protesting against the government's use of their ancestral land for gravel mining.</p>
BBC
April 21, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>In an experiment to see what effect great art would have when placed out of context and in public space, acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell stood incognito in a Washington D.C. metro station, playing classical masterpieces during the morning commute.</p>
The Washington Post