Public Safety

March 26, 2014, 1pm PDT
Where are the most dangerous—and least populated—places to live in America? Surprisingly, none are on the west coast.
Movoto Blog
March 17, 2014, 9am PDT
The Port of Albany is thriving as a major hub for CBR shipments from the Bakken field in North Dakota and Saskatchewan province. But we learn there are limits to further growth after the city slapped a moratorium on expansion to oil sands from Canada
Climate Progress
February 27, 2014, 10am PST
The full declaration on CBR by DOT regulators was “an imminent hazard to public health and safety and the environment." An immediate safety order was issued requiring vigorous testing of crude and prohibition of use of some tanker cars.
The Wall Street Journal - U.S.
October 15, 2013, 9am PDT
Former Treasury Secretary LaHood made distracted driving a pet cause. The dangers of walking and texting are well documented. But would could straphangers have to fear from smartphones? Plenty, as the death of a S.F. Muni rider illustrates.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 19, 2013, 6am PDT
Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing was “an attack on public space,” writes architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. But that doesn’t mean we should respond by closing off the sidewalks and streets the bombers targeted.
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2013, 1pm PDT
Gallup has published the results of its survey of the cities deemed safest by their residents. The results closely track the FBI's violent crime rates.
Gallup Wellbeing
February 27, 2013, 5am PST
Mumbai architect Pallavi Shrivastava reflects on the impact that the inaccessibility of the city has on the status of women in society and their ability to shape the future of the places in which they live.
The Global Urbanist
January 28, 2013, 6am PST
As recent headlines reveal the insecurity faced by women in India’s largest cities, the role – and responsibility – of urban planning is being questioned.
The Atlantic Cities
January 3, 2013, 10am PST
The case of a fatal bus rape in India, and subsequent protests, has captivated the world. But, argues Sarah Goodyear, the incident should serve as a larger reminder of the threat of violence and harassment towards women on transit systems worldwide.
Next City
December 22, 2012, 11am PST
A recent court order demanding the removal of 100 digital signs across L.A. was seen as a victory for those who had complained about the bright, and potentially distracting, billboards. But a sign company is arguing the order will harm public safety.
Los Angeles Daily News
October 20, 2012, 11am PDT
The <em>Economist</em> examines how London's inner city neighborhoods are well past an inflection point in crime rates. In many cases inner city neighborhoods are now safer than suburban neighborhoods and the trend is set to continue.
The Economist
September 6, 2012, 9am PDT
What's a better way to ensure lower crime than to involve police directly in the planning process? One development in Washington, D.C. will do just that.
The Washington Post
September 5, 2012, 9am PDT
What expectations for privacy should individuals have in public places? That is the question being posed by a new video surveillance system in D.C. being operated by a neighborhood association, reports Peter Hermann.
The Washington Post
August 8, 2012, 1pm PDT
Charles Piller reports on the investigation into suspect safety test results for roads and bridges across CA, including the new Bay Bridge, revealing a string of troubling data for which officials and critics are holding Caltrans accountable.
The Sacramento Bee
July 28, 2012, 7am PDT
After years of scandal, New Orleans accepts that the time for change has come.
The New York Times
April 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
Sarah Goodyear offers a brief history of urban development in postwar Europe, and tells of just how close the bicycle capitals of the West came to putting cars before people.
The Atlantic Cities
March 26, 2012, 1pm PDT
Adam Davies writes about the results of an experimental policing project in the Netherlands that seems to demonstrate that improvements to the pedestrian environment have reduced crime in Rotterdam.
Walkonomics
January 7, 2012, 3pm PST
Put you feet up on an an subway seat, and risk going to to jail. Bad behavior, sure. But criminal? In an effort to make the subway safer, NYPD is viewing even minor code violations seriously.
The New York Times
January 13, 2011, 7am PST
Cities across the developing world are dealing more with rising obesity rates as urbanization occurs, reports TheCityFix's Jonna McKone.
TheCityFix
December 19, 2009, 9am PST
The amount of closed-circuit security cameras operated by local councils in the United Kingdom has nearly tripled over the past 10 years, according to a new report.
BBC