Urban studies theorist Richard Florida turns his attention in this item to the divergent prospects of inner suburbs and the sprawl beyond them. Yikes!
Inside the new suburban crisis. Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared
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This is a moving feature on the role a bicycle can play for lower income folks living in the sprawl. Los Angeles is the place but we know for a fact lives like this are found in Canadian communities as well.
How low income cyclists go unnoticed. There really is a world where people pedal to work, use bikes for everyday transportation and by riding, form close communities of friends and neighbors – and it exists right in your town
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Forget Vancouver, BC’s future will be decided by the suburbs. With big city problems creeping into the land of cul-de-sacs and single-family homes, suburban swing ridings are set to determine the outcome of the provincial election
Some insight from recent US experience?
Environment as politics. New drawings of the relations between residential density and voting behaviour
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Here in the Greater Toronto Area it feels like the real estate bubble will never burst. Prices swell and then swell some more. Equity flows – as if up through the very drains in the monster home basements – to enrich the fortunate homeowner.
An unavoidable parallel to this frenzy is found in automotive finance. Where you have sprawl, you have cars, natch.
Is there an auto bubble on the horizon?
Canadians getting lured onto auto debt treadmill by signing on to long term car loans
What comes after the auto bubble?
What’s happening with subprime auto loans?
‘Deep subprime’ auto loans are surging
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Here is a link to an impressive online application that maps Canadian data about rental accommodation. Yes, things can get dire pretty when you include cost and quality parameters in searches. Tons of data.
Poverty is now largely a suburban challenge
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We’ve been working our way through a substantial podcast series begun in January by KQED/NPR. The suburbs of San Francisco are the field of reportage. Gentrification, race, the cost of living and social change are foregrounded. Wow, there’s nearly six hours worth of material here.
Q’ed Up npr.org
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May Day perhaps offers us a moment or two for thinking about the future of work and wages in years to come.
The next big thing in construction robotics is building big.
Automation has revolutionized factory work. Now researchers have their sights set on construction
Domino’s turns to robots to deliver pizza
A podcast with author Ellen Rupel Shell about the implications of low end retail.
The high cost of buying ‘cheap’
npr.org (2009 podcast 29:43)
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