Young people and the "stop snitching" subculture in Philadelphia. 

August 29, 2011

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According to the 2011 Urban Mobility Report, rush hour can last up to six hours in certain metro areas. 

October 14, 2011

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A 2012 update on the population and density of the world's urban areas.

May 04, 2012

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A case study in Portland examines food stamp customers' perception of farmers' markets.

December 06, 2011

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A closer look at the accessibility of public spaces

October 12, 2011

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A community-driven redevelopment project begins in Mumbai.
 

November 17, 2011

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A defense of “ruin porn” photography of decaying cities.

February 15, 2012

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A map of movements around Chicago using geotagged tweets.

March 01, 2012

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A new perspective on food deserts.

February 03, 2012

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A new report on Toronto's cultural sector sheds light on the city's vibrant arts community. 

October 17, 2011

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A photo essay on Chicago's food deserts. 

May 22, 2012

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A report analyzing bike sharing arrangements in cities around the world.

July 03, 2012

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A report on the concentrated poverty that persists in New York.  

April 12, 2012

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A San Francisco startup matches artists with property owners to bring art to their spaces.

April 23, 2012

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A spatial network analysis of subway systems in cities around the world. 

May 17, 2012

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A study of German opera houses in the Baroque era finds that a rich arts scene attracts high-human-capital employees who drive economic growth.

December 09, 2011

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A study shows that black and white mayors do not differ in their implementation of city policies.

July 06, 2012

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A visualization of urban density shows the wide variation in concentration across the world. 

November 23, 2011

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How did residents of some of Chicago's largest public housing projects cope with moving to new neighborhoods after the projects they were living in closed?

March 04, 2011

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Aging, intergenerational relationships, and residential mobility.

September 25, 2012

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Amsterdam's cycling networks are praiseworthy, but not a panacea for urban issues.

November 22, 2011

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An architect muses on the importance of thoughtfully-planned public spaces.

January 03, 2012

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An article on the influence of urban neoliberalism on education reform in Chicago.

February 23, 2012

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An influx of young entrepreneurial “creatives” are helping to revitalize Detroit

July 19, 2011

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An infographic shows how the world's GDP is concentrated in the top 600 global cities. 

April 16, 2012

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The New York Times examines an initiative that helps families in several US cities get out of poverty by fostering the creation of a network of peers and rewarding families for reporting their successess.

July 28, 2011

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An interview with the co-founder of Friends of the High Line, the organization that helped create one of New York City's most famous parks. 

February 20, 2012

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An op-ed on Chicago as a police state, during and after the 2012 NATO Summit by University of Chicago professor Bernard Harcourt.

May 25, 2012

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Are urban bohemian enclaves disappearing? 

August 29, 2012

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Asian cities recognizing the importance of promoting innovation and creativity.

November 25, 2011

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At 420,000 people, the number of New York City public housing residents is greater than the population of Atlanta.

September 10, 2012

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Big-box stores could help revitalize Detroit's economy.

March 29, 2012

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The Urban Institute's Metro Trends blog reports that the increase in diversity of neighborhoods where African Americans live stems from an increase in Hispanic residents, not from a decrease in Black-White segregation. 

July 21, 2011

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Brookings releases report on the effect of transit systems on the pool of available workers.

July 18, 2012

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Buffalo offers possibilities for the metropolitan-driven, innovative American economy of the future.

March 26, 2012

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Crain’s Chicago Business finds that corporations are moving their headquarters from the suburbs back into the central city, reversing the trend of the last century.

July 11, 2011

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Can anchor institutions build communities?

In a profile of Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, the New York Times described the area dominated by Columbia University and Barnard College as one of the most desirable places to live in Manhattan. The universities are “anchor institutions,” acting as real estate developers, generators of human capital, and employers. So far, the academic and political debate about these organizations has not resolved whether these strategic investments build community and revitalize neighborhoods.

June 01, 2012

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Can the “Rust Belt” be revitalized?

Between 1950 and 2008, Detroit, once a city of almost 2 million, lost about half of its residents. What used to be a symbol of American prosperity has become the most prominent example of postindustrial urban decay. A recent book has analyzed the origins of the population decline and proposed strategies for revitalizing the former manufacturing cities in the Midwest and Northeast of the United States.

July 01, 2012

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The Center for Urban Research releases a map visualizing the changes between 2000 and 2010 racial and ethnic composition at the tract level using 2000 and 2010 Census data 

June 30, 2011

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Chicago thinks about crowdsourcing Twitter data to create a virtual suggestion box for the city.

October 10, 2012

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In Chongqing, China, a megacity with almost three times the area of Belgium. city planners are trying to design a "city without slums."

April 04, 2011

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An infographic ranks which US cities spend the most on gas.

August 10, 2011

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Cities are joining forces with tech firms to solve urban problems.

January 25, 2012

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Cities are realizing that the arts drive economic development and attract tourists.

March 14, 2012

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Cities.data.gov launches, housing hundreds of data sets from cities across the US.

August 02, 2012

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announces that the city of Detroit has reached his goal of demolishing 3,000 homes as part of a plan to clear blight from the city.

May 10, 2011

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Code for America connects tech-savvy individuals with city governments to help use technology to solve urban problems.

October 27, 2011

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Coffee shops as urban social hubs.

September 13, 2012

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Community-focused street policies aim to turn streets into multimodal public spaces

December 15, 2011

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Comparing cities to software.

November 02, 2011

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Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox examines the continuing trend of suburbanization. 

April 21, 2011

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The Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago finds that students feel safer in violent urban schools when they have high-quality relationships with teachers and other students. (Via Good)

May 30, 2011

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Daily life in Karachi, Pakistan, the world's most violent city, has its ups and downs.

September 24, 2012

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Data Appeal turns geographical data into creative 3D visualizations of cities

November 11, 2011

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Data brief released on the composition of housing stock in Cook County (including Chicago).

September 05, 2012

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Data scientists and developers partner to improve communities through sophisticated analysis of "big data."

June 21, 2012

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Latest Census reports indicate that Detroit lost 25% of its population over the past ten years--more people than left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

March 24, 2011

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Developing a comprehensive map of the UK's privately-owned public spaces.

June 19, 2012

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Digitized primary-source records of the Committee of Fifteen's investigation into sin in Chicago are now available 

August 14, 2012

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Do neighborhood conditions affect school performance?

While social scientists have always been interested in the dynamics behind the low achievement of students living in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods, in recent years researchers have been trying to establish precisely the extent to which neighborhood conditions, net of other factors, influence educational achievement.

March 01, 2012

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Does racial segregation hurt the poor?

In their 1993 book, American Apartheid, sociologists Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton exposed the racial segregation of American cities as a core mechanism producing inequality between African Americans and whites. Between 2000 and 2010, the segregation of black and white Americans decreased slightly. Despite this trend, almost two decades after Massey and Denton’s seminal work, American cities are far from being racially integrated.

October 01, 2011

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Questioning whether the relocation of public housing residents affect crime rates in their new neighborhoods.

April 06, 2012

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Does transparency mean more democracy?

Data.gov was established with the goal of making the US government more transparent and “establishing a new standard of openness.” It provides access to copious government data on topics as varied as unemployment records and Medicare costs. Data.gov is part of an open-data movement that has spread around the globe. Twenty-one countries have so far at least partially opened up their data for public use. But does having more data available to more people really mean greater democracy?

November 01, 2011

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Does video camera surveillance make cities safer?

Law-enforcement agencies worldwide have been investing in closed-circuit television (CCTV). During the recent London riots, the ubiquity of the cameras proved instrumental to police, as about 2000 rioters were captured on video. While law enforcement has typically argued that cameras make cities safer, recent studies have questioned this claim, suggesting that their effectiveness might be limited and that their impact on citizens’ sense of safety might be the opposite of what governments intend.

September 01, 2011

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Driven From New Orleans explores the privatization of New Orleans' public housing, at the expense of the city's poor.

September 27, 2012

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Drivers of urbanization affect urban growth.

September 03, 2012

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Vancouver announces a comprehensive ten-year plan to end homelessness and build affordable housing.

August 04, 2011

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Even as Brooklyn has been gentrifying, not all of the borough is so well off.  

October 08, 2012

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Examining the history of public housing and private capital.

February 24, 2012

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Examining whether Chicago is a global city.

August 30, 2012

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Far-flung suburbs are becoming less desirable.

January 30, 2012

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Findings on the impact of local cultural expectations on the process and politics of urban "growth machine" development.

April 27, 2012

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Community gardens are central to the new Detroit, finds Mark Bittman in the New York Times. 

June 14, 2011

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Next American City liveblogs The Ford Foundation's 75th anniversary conference, "The Just City: Creating a New Geography of Opportunity," happening today at the Foundation's headquarters in New York City. 

July 14, 2011

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German newspaper Der Spiegel reports that the population of rural areas in Germany is declining rapidly as residents move to the cities. 

May 19, 2011

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Grist lists the top urban stories of 2011.

January 05, 2012

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Has poverty become suburbanized?

For many years, urban scholars considered poverty to be a problem of the inner city; suburbs were traditionally where middle-class Americans moved to in order to escape the disintegrating city center. Using the results of the 2000 and 2010 Censuses, social scientists are beginning to look more closely at suburban poverty, exploring its causes, dynamics, and long-term consequences.

August 01, 2011

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Carolyn Stephens examines the relationship between inequality and urban health in Environment and Urbanization. 

April 22, 2011

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Catherine Fennell explores sensory politics through the context of heat use in Chicago public housing projects. 

April 27, 2011

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Housing foreclosure has different short-term effects on different types of crime.

February 07, 2012

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How Berlin's history explains its low rents.

May 18, 2012

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How does public transportation affect employment opportunities?

A recent report published by the Brookings Institution examines the efficiency of the sprawling network of public transportation in the United States, focusing on the relationship between public transit and employment opportunities. Researchers used a complex data set consisting of routes, stops, and schedules of 371 transit providers in large American cities to determine job-site accessibility by public transportation, providing a sobering view of the effectiveness of public transit.

July 01, 2011

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How has climate change affected cities?

The first snow fell early this autumn in the northeastern United States. Yet the somewhat premature winter weather may be deceiving. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, human behavior has contributed to global climate change, and we are likely to face steadily rising temperatures in the future. These record-high temperatures are significantly affecting the health of at-risk populations such as the elderly.

January 01, 2012

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How should we design urban parks?

Most major cities have one or more large parks. As geographer Terence Young has explained, parks proliferated across modern cities to help stem the departure of middle-class and affluent residents in the wake of industrialization at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Parks were considered a panacea for social ills as varied as crime, illness, and poor mental health. In recent years, scientists have taken a fresh look at parks and their role in the quality of urban life.

February 01, 2012

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How the media portrayed the French banlieues (suburbs) during the 2007 presidential election.

May 24, 2012

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How to deal with natural disasters in cities?

In January of 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Caribbean nation of Haiti, causing the deaths of more than 200,000 people. The catastrophe heavily affected Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. A new report by foreign policy analyst Elizabeth Ferris discusses Port-au-Prince as a case study on how scholars and policy makers should help cities prepare for and deal with the aftermath of natural disasters.

May 01, 2012

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How to incentivize retirees to move into cities. 

March 05, 2012

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Hundreds of photographs of urban areas around the world. 

May 07, 2012

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A report by the Center for an Urban Future considers the role that legal immigrants play in entrepreneurship and new-business creation. 

April 28, 2011

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The Urban Institute's MetroTrends blog finds that immigration has made the average city neighborhood more diverse. 

May 09, 2011

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In a push for open data, NYC now requires its businesses to post QR codes linking to data about inspections and permits.

October 12, 2012

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Incorporating public health into urban planning.

June 11, 2012

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The Urban Institute releases a report about interventions for the children of depressed mothers living in poverty. 

April 14, 2011

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Innovative systems emerge when transit is tailored to the needs of customers.

December 08, 2011

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Is Philadelphia’s fresh food policy a good model for other cities?

Philadelphia has the second worst ratio of grocery stores to citizens in the country. Residents must often travel long distances to buy food for their families. There is a growing public policy interest in developing a viable solution to the food access issue, as researchers and policy makers increasingly find a relationship between poor food options and diet-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and high-blood pressure.

April 18, 2011

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Is sub-Saharan Africa becoming urbanized?

Research on urban growth has traditionally focused on the Western metropolis. In recent years, scholars have started to examine the growth patterns of cities in other regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, and to question the universality of the Western model of urban development. While earlier data had led many scholars to conclude that cities in that region are growing at an unprecedented rate, new research has challenged the notion that Africa is fast becoming an urban continent.

April 01, 2012

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Is the future of urbanization the megacity?

The UN reports that the urban population has grown faster than the global rural population for the past fifty years. New York-Newark and Tokyo were the only megacities in the world in 1950. By 1975, the number of such cities had grown to four; by 2000 to eighteen. The United Nations expects 22 megacities worldwide by 2015, of which 16 will be in developing countries.

May 02, 2011

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Cynthia Taines considers how the opinions of students attending urban schools might inform the conversation about how best to reform them, in Education and Urban Society

April 29, 2011

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A new study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University indicates that renters are increasingly unable to find affordable housing in the United States. 

May 05, 2011

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The latest issue of the Journal of Public Administration Research focuses on street-level organizations and how they work, with articles by Evelyn Brodkin, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Joe Soss, Richard Fording, and Sanford Schram. 

June 08, 2011

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