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Report – Investing in Urban Resilience

World Bank – “Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up to 77 million more urban residents into poverty, according to a new report by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Released in advance of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – or Habitat III – taking place in Quito, Ecuador, October 17 – 20, the Investing in Urban Resilience report cautions that rising numbers of natural disasters, as well as a growing number of economic, social, and environmental shocks and stresses, pose the greatest risk to rapidly-growing cities. Home to 55 percent of the world’s population, urban areas are the engines of global growth, contributing to 80 percent of global GDP.  However, the high density of people, jobs, and assets which make cities so successful, also makes them – and global industry – extremely vulnerable to the wide range of natural and manmade shocks and stresses increasingly affecting them today..”

Census Data Visualization Gallery

“Data Visualization Gallery. A weekly exploration of Census data. The Census Bureau is working to increase our use of visualization in making data available to the public, and this gallery is an early part of that effort. The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior work done to portray… Continue Reading

Will NYC become a gradual Atlantis?

New York Magazine – Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition, by Andrew Rice “Klaus Jacob, a German professor affiliated with Columbia’s University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is a geophysicist by profession and a doomsayer by disposition. I’ve gotten to… Continue Reading

Where Does All the Money Go: Shifts in Household Spending Over the Past 30 Years

Brookings – Shifts in Household Spending Over the Past 30 Years, Jun 2016. “Economic progress occurs unevenly, diffusely, and at times unpredictably: whole categories of spending diminish or grow as technology and preferences shift. For instance, as the relative price of clothing has plummeted, the share of spending going to clothing has declined; at the… Continue Reading

Data shows how much you must earn to buy a home in 27 metro areas

Tim Manni,, Aug 22, 2016: “See [this data to know] exactly how much salary you would need to earn in order to afford the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments on a median-priced home in 27 metro areas. Key takeaways: Only three metro areas were more affordable during the second quarter: Tampa, Orlando and… Continue Reading

2016 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

“Finalists for the 2016 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media and emerging technology organizations from around the globe, were announced today by the Online News Association. Twelve of the awards now come with $53,500 in prize money, courtesy of Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and the University of… Continue Reading

A record 60.6 million Americans live in multigenerational households

“The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households has continued to rise, even though the Great Recession is now in the rear-view mirror. In 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of… Continue Reading

Global Trends – Forced Displacement in 2015

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Global Trends – Forced Displacement in 2015 “The total number of refugees has increased for the fifth consecutive year, from 10.4 million at end-2011 – a 55 per cent rise in just four years. This increase was driven mainly by the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, which… Continue Reading

The Distribution of Asset Holdings and Capital Gains

“In 2010, more than 70 percent of families directly owned property designated under the Internal Revenue Code as capital assets—that is, assets that can be sold and that typically generate taxable capital gains or deductible losses when sold. Families’ capital assets included their homes, other real estate, privately owned businesses, stocks, corporate and government bonds… Continue Reading

Zillow – Climate Change and Housing

By Krishna Rao on 8/2/2016 “If sea levels rise as much as climate scientists predict by the year 2100, almost 300 U.S. cities would lose at least half their homes, and 36 U.S. cities would be completely lost. One in eight Florida homes would be underwater, accounting for nearly half of the lost housing value… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Announces Nearly 50 Percent Decline in Veteran Homelessness

“The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 17 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January… Continue Reading