Archive | August, 2011

News Update: Saving Mass Transit in Seattle’s King County

State and city budget cuts are no friend of mass transit. Providence, RI and other larger cities have entertained the possibilities of cutting bus services all together. Suburban areas are also at risk. Kings County Metro in suburban Seattle (the 12th largest transit provider in the U.S.) recently faced significant cuts after four rounds of […]

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In Pictures: Ten-Year Population Changes in U.S. Cities

All images have been taken from www.datapointed.net and are based on 2010 U.S. Census data. While many of the maps offer little in terms of significant trends, the southern cities of Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta show significant growth along the periphery. The urban core of Chicago also experienced pockets of decline. Blue illustrates population growth and red […]

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A Divided City: Suburban Cairo Before the Egyptian Revolution

News reports on the Egyptian Revolution have rightfully focused on former President Hosni Mubarak and, to a lesser extent, Tahrir Square—considered a major flash point for unrest. The immediate causes, including scenes of crowded city streets and riots, have been highlighted in great detail. The role of Cairo’s suburbs has received far less attention. Suburban Cairo includes one […]

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News Update: White Flight to American Cities

Suburbanization in the United States began as a middle and upper-class white movement towards the periphery. While the suburbs have experienced an increase in diversity over the last fifty years, the prevailing stereotypes—that of a poor, minority dominated inner city and affluent white periphery—have remained largely intact. Cities are undergoing a transformation, however, as affluent […]

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In Pictures: The Day-Night Population Change of New York City

Not surprisingly, the majority of New York City workers live in the suburbs. Virtually every area in Manhattan experiences significant population declines at night. A few exceptions are evident: the Upper East Side and Lower East Side remain relatively unchanged, while Roosevelt Island actually doubles in size. The average commute time for Manhattan-based workers is […]

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