How Boomers Will Shape the Future of Our Cities
Metropolis — January 29, 2015
“We will be able to give many people an extra decade of good health, based on what we are able to do in the lab now,” says Brian Kennedy, President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. The primary triggers for most disease can be controlled, enabling people to remain productive well into their eighties, nineties, and beyond.
Cities sizzle with more heat waves, hotter nights
LA Times — January 29, 2015
Nearly half the planet’s urban areas experienced a significant rise in the number of extreme heat days and of heat waves that lasted six days or more, according to the study published online Thursday in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
8 photos that show how cars seized city streets from pedestrians
Vox — January 29, 2015
In the early 1900s, “pedestrians were walking in the streets anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, usually without looking,” Peter Norton, a historian at the University of Virginia, told me for a recent article about the creation of the crime of jaywalking.
Poverty Is Rising Much Faster in Suburbs Than in Cities
Moyers — January 29, 2015
Years into an economic recovery, millions of Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet. In 2013, 48.7 million people — 15.5 percent of the population — lived in poverty, according to a report from the US Census Bureau. And a Brookings Institute analysis of 68 large US metro areas found the poor population increased significantly from 2007-2013 in all but one of them.
America’s legacy cities: What recent research says about best practices for urban regeneration
Journalist’s Resource — January 29, 2015
In the United States the term “legacy cities” is often used for urban centers such as Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland that suffered significant job losses in the 1970s and 1980s as their manufacturing bases declined.