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Attitudes & behaviour

Vancouver: the rebellious teenager

Vancouver: the rebellious teenager

Now that Vancouver is awash in Olympic madness, it’s time to reflect on the city and its unique personality: its...

More on decreased car ownership

More on decreased car ownership

Decreased car ownership rates among youth and increased transit use in several US cities are certainly not widespread, but each...

Renting the American Dream

Renting the American Dream

An interesting development has been sweeping away the iconic ideal of homeownership in the US. It isn’t a new idea,...

Subway Psych 101

Subway Psych 101

Apparently, all those hours you spend on the subway have provided psychologists with a wealth of insight. Those of us...

Boomburb to boombust

Boomburb to boombust

The US mortgage crisis is having all sorts of spin-off effects on cities and regions, including differential growth patterns, a...

US ushers in its new health care bill

US ushers in its new health care bill

In what has been called “a hard-fought victory for President Obama“, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962),...

Youth and young adults increasingly car-free

Youth and young adults increasingly car-free

A couple of years ago, when I presented the results of my Masters thesis on the social travel patterns of...

Whitopias

Whitopias

Many researchers are concerned about ethnic concentrations in our cities, particularly in the US. Researcher Rich Benjamin’s latest book Searching...

The politics of health care

The politics of health care

Health care is a polarizing issue; it always has been. Because it is a service that is offered privately in...

“Shovel readiness” necessary for federal transit funding

“Shovel readiness” necessary for federal transit funding

In the last few months we’ve seen the birth of another useless media term related to urban planning: “shovel readiness”....

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