March 16, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Protests and violence have erupted in China's rural areas, where many of the country's poorest people struggle to find jobs. The government has pledged to improve spending to help provide for the rural poor and improve access to public services.</p>
February 1, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Bend, Oregon -- population 67,000 -- led the nation in home appreciation last year, and has become a symbol of the booming market in picturesque western towns.</p>
January 25, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Equity refuges from the Golden State are driving up home prices, increasing traffic, liberalizing politics and bringing crime to cities in the Interior West.</p>
December 23, 2006, 7am PST
<p>Across America, small towns are struggling to get by economically as many residents move out and businesses follow. But some small towns are employing some creative ideas -- from giant killer bee statues to storytelling festivals -- to stay afloat.</p>
December 18, 2006, 5am PST
<p>New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a broad plan to re-envision the city. He has recognized three major challenges: a population increase of 1 million residents within 25 years, a crumbling infrastructure, and a need to go green.</p>
December 3, 2006, 1pm PST
<p>Canada tries out traffic roundabouts in an effort to reduce traffic in some of the country's busiest areas. Some cities are reluctant to replace traffic lights with roundabouts because of safety concerns.</p>
October 16, 2006, 1pm PDT
<p>The Economist predicts that America's rising population solve more problems that it will create.</p>
October 8, 2006, 5am PDT
Plans for a new futuristic mode of transport blends maglev technology with an ordinary bus.
October 7, 2006, 9am PDT
Chongming, a remote island north of Shanghai, is set to become a showcase of sustainable development, but doubts remain about the viability of the plan.
September 6, 2006, 2pm PDT
Congestion and gas prices are creating a boom for light rail and buses across the nation. Cities are using technology and imaginative enticements to counter Americans' reluctance to abandon their cars.
August 3, 2006, 8am PDT
Backed by government support, Britain's land use laws are bringing new urbanism to the mainstream.
July 24, 2006, 12pm PDT
Nevada is experiencing an influx of new retirees and trying to cope with the surge of sexagenarians.
May 8, 2006, 11am PDT
How London has changed in the past 108 years -- and how it hasn't. Comparing the results of an 1898 study with today's census figures reveal much about the social makeup of neighborhoods.
October 26, 2005, 11am PDT
Political leaders in China are hard at work devising incentives to make local leaders more environmentally conscious with development projects.
September 27, 2005, 5am PDT
Experts predict an 80% chance of a major earthquake (seven or higher on the Richter scale) in Los Angeles that would kill up to 18,000 people. California looks better-prepared that Louisiana, but is it?
August 25, 2005, 9am PDT
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision on eminient domain, more and more Americans are concerned about their property rights.
August 19, 2005, 5am PDT
Miami's real estate market is red hot with 65,000 condos in some stage of development. Is this a bubble, or is Miami truly densifying?
July 10, 2005, 5am PDT
Despite safety issues and questions about future profits, climate change is causing western governments to take a fresh look at nuclear power.
June 23, 2005, 1pm PDT
Never before have housing prices risen so fast, for so long, in so many countries, according to new research by the Economist.
June 17, 2005, 10am PDT
How the current housing boom ends could decide the course of the entire world economy over the next few years.