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How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities - Curbed
“The response to this overall population loss has been pretty lukewarm,” Loury says. “I don’t think it’s been widely acknowledged by many, at least in the halls of power. They’re indifferent, and I find that troubling.”
cities  chicago  usa  migration  population  black  census  census2020  identity  midwest  SouthernShift 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
io9: China Miéville explains theology, magic, and why JJ Abrams hates you
I don't have any fantastic insight, but I think it's simply that cities to varying degrees are amazing palimpsests of history and cultures. They're coagulated together, a mixing of social norms. I like the temporal dislocation of cities, where you get 17th century buildings next to 21st buildings in London. The world is divided between people who like fractured mixed up stuff, and those who like clean aesthetic totality. I'm more the former.

The majority of humanity now live in cities. They are the site of most political and financial drivers - that's just a fact of economy. They are the site of this kind of chaotic aggregation of ideas that's going to translate into a sensation of the fantastic. That's why fantastic city fiction is so strong – it's about translating enchantment into a modern urban environment.
cities  urban  geography  population  fiction  economy  writing  sciencefiction  history  architecture 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Austin Contrarian: Density calculations for U.S. urbanized areas, weighted by census tract
"Austin and Tampa are not really denser than Boston (as the standard density figures suggest), and the sprawling suburbs of Riverside County are not actually denser than Chicago. Note that Portland's urbanized area is less dense than Houston's. [...]"
cities  austin  tampa  boston  california  riverside  chicago  illinois  nyc  portland  houston  urban  population  census 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dana Milbank - Smile -- You're on Social Security! - washingtonpost.com
"I'm going to take it now because I can take it now. I'm thrilled to think that after all these years I'm getting paid back the money I put in."
government  usa  money  retirement  population  aging 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Water Scarcity Threatens China's Future - Environment - New York Times
"China’s disadvantage, compared with the United States, is that it has a smaller water supply yet almost five times as many people. China has about 7 percent of the world’s water resources and roughly 20 percent of its population."
china  usa  water  environment  economics  asia  cities  farming  population 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Realignment of America - WSJ.com
"The nation's center of gravity is shifting: Dallas is now larger than San Francisco, Houston is now larger than Detroit, Atlanta is now larger than Boston, Charlotte is now larger than Milwaukee."
demography  cities  immigration  usa  population  ethnic  identity  aging 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Making the Return Trip: Elderly Head Back North
“I was failing in health, most of my friends have passed away and I was alone. Friends are all right when you’re well, but when you’re not, you need family.”
aging  florida  nyc  demography  population 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
S.F.'s Castro district faces an identity crisis / As straights move in, some fear loss of the area's character
"The population of same-sex couples in Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose, meanwhile, appeared to increase during the period -- San Jose by 34 percent, Oakland by 14 percent and Berkeley by 8 percent."
population  gay  sanfrancisco  berkeley  sanjose  oakland  realestate  demographics  identity 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Who Americans Are and What They Do, in Census Data
“The distinctive effect of technology has been to enable us to get entertainment and information while remaining entirely alone. [...] the social isolation means that we don’t share information and values and outlook that we should."
information  usa  happiness  demography  aesthetics  identity  journalism  population  sociology  statistics  television  radio  news  newspapers  debates 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: China’s New Leftist
“People ask in the West, How could China develop capitalism with an authoritarian state? But that’s ignoring how modern capitalism grew in the West, without much democracy and with the help of imperialism and colonialism."
china  india  politics  power  environment  health  population  capitalism  sustainable  society  farming 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered
“You used to get married to have sex. Now one of the major reasons to get married is to have children, and the attractiveness of having children has declined for many people because of the cost.”
marriage  gender  gay  population  usa  relationships  love  men  women  identity  religion  ritual  friendship  community  children  sex 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Come October, Baby Will Make 300 Million or So
"The 300 millionth will be a Mexican Latino in Los Angeles County, with parents who speak Spanish at home and with siblings who are bilingual."
population  statistics  demography  usa  latinos  latino  losangeles  white 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
AP: No comfort: Is the South losing its identity?
"I think the region is, always has been and always will be different — distinctly different — from the rest of the nation. We have a long memory here. ... The memory of a war lost, and occupation and Jim Crow and civil rights."
identity  aesthetics  usa  demography  population 
november 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Data on Marriage and Births Reflect the Political Divide
"One thing that was interesting to us is that we didn't find a correlation between language and citizenship and poverty status."
poverty  language  usa  marriage  population  immigration 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
BBC News: Free school for one-girl families
"India, with a population of over one billion, has only 933 women per thousand men according to the 2001 census."
men  women  india  education  population 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LRB.co.uk: Slavoj Zizek's "Knee-Deep"
"The explosive growth of slums in the last decades, from Mexico City and other Latin American capitals through Africa to India, China, the Philippines and Indonesia, is perhaps the crucial geopolitical event of our times."
cities  class  identity  politics  population 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Subtract Billions: Demographic 'Bomb' May Only Go 'Pop!'
"I have severe doubts that we can support even two billion if they all live like citizens of the U.S. The world can support a lot more vegetarian saints than Hummer-driving idiots."
african  asian  population  science 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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