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  • MSN: Could rising gas prices kill the suburbs?

    08/16/2006 3:25:03 AM PDT · by quesney · 36 replies · 872+ views
    MSN ^ | August 16, 2006 | Marilyn Lewis
    When a high-cost commute reaches the point of no-return, home buyers will start finding houses closer to work. In fact, some already are. ---------- Rising fuel costs are being blamed for everything from soaring utility costs to lower retail sales and higher airline tickets. And now, experts say high gas prices could reshape U.S. cities. "Most analysts believe that crude oil prices in the $50s and $60s will be with us for some time," says Stuart Gabriel, director of the Lusk Center, a think tank at the University of Southern California devoted to studying real estate forces and trends. There's...
  • Could rising gas prices kill the suburbs?

    08/15/2006 9:32:24 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 124 replies · 2,475+ views
    msn ^ | 8/15/06 | marylin lewis
    Rising fuel costs are being blamed for everything from soaring utility costs to lower retail sales and higher airline tickets. And now, experts say high gas prices could reshape U.S. cities. "Most analysts believe that crude oil prices in the $50s and $60s will be with us for some time," says Stuart Gabriel, director of the Lusk Center, a think tank at the University of Southern California devoted to studying real estate forces and trends. There's even talk of crude hitting $100 per barrel -- or 10 times what it sold for in the summer of 2005. Once the realization...
  • GOP's grip on suburbs is slipping (Philadelphia suburbs)

    08/13/2006 8:07:16 AM PDT · by wjersey · 113 replies · 1,456+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 8/13/2006 | Tom Infield
    Laura Backe didn’t calculate that she was altering the political landscape of suburban Philadelphia when she switched her voter registration from Republican to independent. All she knew was that after growing up in "a very Republican household," after having joined the Young Republicans in college, she felt her party was drifting too far right. "The radical right is really turning me off," the mother of three said from her home in Wayne. Her switch, along with that of thousands of other Republicans in recent years, has helped to loosen the GOP grip on Philadelphia’s four suburban counties. Now, for the...
  • Sprawling suburban life long ago lost its allure

    06/17/2006 11:35:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies · 931+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Jun. 16, 2006 | KERRY GILLESPIE
    Sprawl wasn't always a dirty word. In the post-World War II period, the suburbs were considered the best of all worlds. They offered people the option of living close to the jobs and entertainment of the cities, while still owning a large house, on a quiet, clean street, with few neighbours, surrounded by green space. As incomes rose and car manufacturers produced affordable models, more people discovered the joys of driving in their own car, instead of waiting for a crowded bus. But the rosy glow of sprawling suburban life has been gone for quite a while. The more common...
  • What are you calling 'fake'? (Suburbanites like a little urbanism, too)

    06/11/2006 8:24:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 610+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Sunday, June 11, 2006 | Michael Landauer
    I remember when I first drove through Collin County several years ago and thought, "Why do all these people live so far away?" It took me a while to realize that these crazy people out in the sticks didn't live far away – not far away from the things that mattered to them: their churches, their shopping centers, their favorite restaurants and even their jobs. Now that I live in East Dallas and work downtown, I run into the very kind of naïve, shallow thinking I was guilty of when I first experienced Collin County. Can you believe they are...
  • Police Injured As Violence Flares In Suburbs Of Paris (Again)

    05/30/2006 5:46:30 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-31-2006 | Colin Randall
    Police injured as violence flares in suburbs of Paris By Colin Randall in Paris (Filed: 31/05/2006) At least 100 youths, many brandishing baseball bats, clashed with police in a new outbreak of violence in the same Parisian suburbs in which nationwide rioting started last autumn. The disturbances, which were described as "violent and intense" and left several policemen injured, extended from late on Monday night into the early hours yesterday. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets after coming under attack, while Xavier Lemoine, the centre-Right mayor of Montfermeil, one of two affected suburbs, was left fearing for the lives...
  • Sprinklers, Scuddlers, Soccer Moms, & Sheriffs

    03/14/2006 6:31:52 PM PST · by girlangler · 2 replies · 226+ views
    Sprinklers, Scuddlers, Soccer Moms, & Sheriffs - by Gil Lackey Gil battles wits with urbanized members of family cervidae "Fat, fearless, and stupid. You could just sit on my back porch sipping a beer and score every time. Easy as a TV Guide crossword." No. I'm not giving you the skinny on my former girlfriends. It's the scouting report I commonly hear on urban whitetails. It seems like every time I'm bemoaning a hunt with no deer sightings, one of my buddies snickers at me because his back yard is crawling with cud-chewing critters. "Man, you must be a pitiful...
  • Anger Remains In French Suburbs

    02/02/2006 3:17:49 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 571+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-2-2--4 | Paul Henley
    Anger remains in French suburbs By Paul Henley BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents Three months on from the riots which tore through the heart of France, Paul Henley hears worrying evidence that anger and resentment remain in the suburbs. October's violence spread quickly through the suburbs of Paris The task of meeting and interviewing young people from the Paris suburbs who had been involved in the infamous riots had struck me as a difficult one. I had imagined several days of hanging around grim housing estates trying to work my way into the confidence of defensive, jaded and probably monosyllabic...
  • Suburban sprawl an irresistible force in US

    01/28/2006 1:50:56 PM PST · by Lorianne · 71 replies · 1,175+ views
    Yayoo (Reuters) ^ | 26 January 2006 | Alan Elsner
    Across the United States, an unprecedented acceleration in suburban sprawl is prompting concerns about the environment, traffic, health and damage to rural communities, but opponents appear powerless to stop the process because of the economic development and profits it generates. Sprawl, defined as the unplanned, uncontrolled expansion of urban areas beyond their fringes, has greatly accelerated over the past 25 years, spurred by low mortgage interest rates and aggressive developers. According to the National Resources Inventory, about 34 million acres -- an area the size of Illinois -- were converted to developed uses between 1982 and 2001. Development in the...
  • BOWERS: What's so bad about suburban sprawl anyway?

    01/29/2006 7:17:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 150 replies · 2,053+ views
    The Star [South Chicago] ^ | 1/39/6 | Michael Bowers
    A well-made, raised-relief map is a beautiful thing. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? It's a map mode of molded plastic, so that mountains protrude into your personal space. This is handy when you are riding your bicycle across America. You can see where the tough climbs will be. Avoid Gunnison, Colo. My map of the 48 states is made by Kistler Graphics Inc. in Denver. Not only the texture but also the colors are delightful: a rich mix of tans, greens and blues. The artist uses one other color, yellow, to mark urban areas. I think about...
  • Suburbanite Socialism

    01/25/2006 9:06:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 99 replies · 1,741+ views
    American Chronical ^ | January 25, 2006 | Nancy Levant
    Suburban families are really busy. They are working to support McMansions, impeccable yards, expensive and immaculately cleaned and polished automobiles, expensive social functions and clubs, gym memberships, day spa hair nail/pedicure, tanning, waxing, and massage expenses, housekeepers and landscapers, shopping excursions, and youth sports. They are wrapped up, so to speak, in image cults, which literally take every second of every day. Meanwhile, in the land of facts and truth, their nation dies off in hunks. Older citizens realize this. So do many citizens under the age of 25, but the 30 to mid-40-somethings are largely non-functioning citizens. They are...
  • Goodbye, Suburbs ( NyTimes Lib rhetoric )

    01/11/2006 9:42:34 PM PST · by Dichroic · 92 replies · 1,562+ views ^ | 01/08/06 | TERI KARUSH ROGERS
    FOR many New York City families, January is the cruelest month. It is a time to get seriously claustrophobic in an apartment stocked with young children and the vast plastic undergrowth in which they thrive. ...... But those plotting a hasty exit to the suburbs (the space! the schools! the space!) may want to consider the experience of others who went before them, only to double back within a year. ....... "I'm never leaving the city again; I'm terrified of leaving the city," said Anna Hillen, 42, summing up the prevailing sentiment among the repatriates interviewed for this article. Ms....
  • A Congress of Mayors (The GOP"s new suburban strategy)

    01/04/2006 7:20:20 PM PST · by Kuksool · 9 replies · 1,016+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 2, 2006 | Fred Barnes
    Mark Kirk is a worried Republican who represents a House district in the suburbs north of Chicago. In the 1960s, the seat was held by a young Republican named Donald Rumsfeld, now defense secretary. Once safely Republican, the district has been drifting Democratic for years. The last Republican presidential candidate to win the district was George Bush Senior in 1992. George W. Bush lost there by four percentage points in 2000, by six in 2004. In races for state and local offices as well, Democrats now dominate. Kirk, a 46--year--old moderate, has had little trouble holding his congressional seat. He...
  • More of the young and hip fight urban urge

    12/29/2005 11:10:02 PM PST · by rightwinggoth · 24 replies · 821+ views
    Yahoo! -- USA Today ^ | 29 Dec 2005 | Haya El Nasser
    Young, single people usually love the excitement of big cities, from the vibrant nightlife to the noisiness and frenzied pace of urban existence. They love it so much they're willing to pay a stiff price for cramped quarters and communal living. For some, the price is getting too steep. The draw of the bright lights and big cities is dimming now that housing costs have hit exorbitant heights. Some who grew up fantasizing about life in the "big city" are settling in less glamorous cities and even suburbs. "For a lot of young people, especially growing up in the Northeast,...
  • France Calls In The CRS To Garrison Suburbs

    11/13/2005 7:51:38 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-14-2005 | Henry Samuel
    France calls in the CRS to garrison suburbs By Henry Samuel (Filed: 14/11/2005) France's feared riot police, the CRS, is to be garrisoned in riot-hit suburbs. The CRS: ‘It will be a ... police force to secure and patrol districts’ The announcement came yesterday as the regular police threatened action over the detention of an officer after a young man appeared to have been hit and kicked by two policemen in a Paris suburb. A third of France's 15,000 riot police, whose brutal reputation comes from its violent repression of student-worker protests in May 1968, will remain in the country's...
  • Rioting in Paris suburbs: photo thread

    11/03/2005 4:57:16 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 181 replies · 4,583+ views
    Rioting Spreads to 20 Towns Around Paris By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press Writer Thu Nov 3, 2:55 PM ETAULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France - Rampaging youths shot at police and firefighters Thursday after burning car dealerships and public buses and hurling rocks at commuter trains, as eight days of riots over poor conditions in Paris-area housing projects spread to 20 towns. Youths ignored an appeal for calm from President Jacques Chirac, whose government worked feverishly to fend off a political crisis amid criticism that it has ignored problems in neighborhoods heavily populated by first- and second-generation North African and Muslim immigrants.
  • Anger grips Paris riot suburb

    11/03/2005 10:50:46 AM PST · by America's Resolve · 61 replies · 2,076+ views
    BBC News, Clichy-sous-Bois, France ^ | 11/3/2005 | By Alasdair Sandford
    The evidence of the previous night's trouble is clear to see on the Bosquets estate. A burnt-out van in Clichy-sous-Bois Burnt-out vehicles and debris remain on Clichy's streets Among the cars parked outside one block of flats are two burnt-out vehicles and small piles of debris. Rocks and stones are strewn across the street. There is no sign of any security presence and people are shopping and chatting as on any normal day. It does not take long to get a sense of the hostility some feel towards the police. A driver pulls up in front of the market, his...
  • Vouchers Hit the Burbs (Idea Ohioans most feared is turning out to be exactly what they most needed)

    08/29/2005 11:01:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 586+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 8/30/2005 | Marie Gryphon
    For years, school choice seemed stalled on a freeway at the edge of town. Urban voucher programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee were successful. But only the involvement of middle-class suburbs will trigger the market revolution that reformers seek, and the suburbs presented an unassailable front. Statewide ballot measures in favor of vouchers lost big in California and Michigan in 2000. Proposals to expand education tax credits in Minnesota and Arizona died, and Ohio's permanent "pilot" program remained strictly limited to the City of Cleveland. The cause seemed hopeless. Suburbanites found school choice -- like many city customs -- appealing from...
  • Census Finds More Whites In D.C., Close Va. Suburbs

    08/11/2005 7:01:04 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 36 replies · 1,005+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, August 11, 2005 | D'Vera Cohn and Leef Smith
    The white populations of the District, Arlington and Alexandria have grown this decade even as the region's outer counties have grown more diverse, according to new census estimates to be released today that underscore how the area's soaring housing prices and job sprawl are reshaping its racial and ethnic dynamics. The city and those close-in Virginia suburbs had higher percentages of non-Hispanic white residents in 2004 than in 2000, a reversal of past trends, the estimates say. Minority groups grew more slowly than in the past, or declined. In the District, Arlington and Alexandria, whites became a larger share of...
  • Bear Causes a Commotion in Connecticut

    07/09/2005 7:30:26 AM PDT · by Cowman · 30 replies · 557+ views
    yahoo ^ | Jul 8, | no byline
    SIMSBURY, Conn. - A 300-pound male black bear caused a commotion when it ran near several businesses before being tranquilized and relocated by state officials. The bear darted between buildings and across parking lots along Route 44 and Simsbury Commons for three hours on Thursday afternoon, surprising shoppers who gathered behind police tape with cameras and cell phones to catch a glimpse. A team from the state Department of Environmental Protection tranquilized the animal and released it about 10 miles away in the Nepaug State Forest. Onlookers got a last peek at the bear when it popped in and out...
  • Survey shows growing division - Baltimore County seen as key to governor's race

    01/23/2005 2:31:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies · 471+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 25, 2005 | Larry Carson
    .....Mike Witkowski, 44, of Phoenix in Baltimore County, a businessman who responded to the poll, said city politicians have catered to their constituents for decades by focusing on what they can give to them. "It doesn't empower them," he said. "Less government is better than more government." City and suburban voters agree by wide margins that slot machine gambling should return to Maryland, to provide more revenue and to capture Maryland money going to gambling in nearby states. But that issue stands alone. The poll confirms what several elections have shown: Baltimore residents' views are often closer to those of...
  • GOP on the Edge

    11/26/2004 5:56:39 PM PST · by FreeKeys · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | Nov. 23, 2004 | James Taranto
    GOP on the Edge The Los Angeles Times notes an interesting trend in political demographics: In this month's election, President Bush carried 97 of the nation's 100 fastest-growing counties, most of them "exurban" communities that are rapidly transforming farmland into subdivisions and shopping malls on the periphery of major metropolitan areas. . . These growing areas, filled largely with younger families fleeing urban centers in search of affordable homes, are providing the GOP a foothold in blue Democratic-leaning states and solidifying the party's control over red Republican-leaning states. Many agree that in these high-growth communities, as in much of the...
  • To Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Bomb Program, 350 Targets Must Be Hit

    11/21/2004 3:38:23 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 35 replies · 2,225+ views ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2004 | EDITORIAL STAFF
    No one familiar with Iran’s record of broken promises on its hidden nuclear weapons program will be surprised by the allegations leveled against Tehran this week. On Wednesday, November 17, outgoing US secretary of state Colin Powell said to reporters during a South American tour: US has intelligence that Iran is working to adapt missiles for the delivery of nuclear weapons. “I have seen information that they not only have the missiles but are working hard to put the two together.” The highly classified, unverified information Powell referred to was described in more detail by the Washington Post the next...
  • Democratic Suburbs Abandon Gregoire

    11/18/2004 12:32:58 PM PST · by Publius · 19 replies · 1,124+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 18 November 2004 | Chris McGann & Angela Galloway
    Suburban counties that haven't swung Republican in more than two decades helped Dino Rossi finish ahead in Washington's suspenseful race for governor. He won by more than 6,000 votes in Snohomish County and more than 12,000 in Pierce County -- places Democratic gubernatorial candidates have dominated in every election since 1980. Democrat Christine Gregoire easily took populous King County by more than 150,000 votes, and led in left-leaning counties such as Thurston, Grays Harbor, Cowlitz and Whatcom. But Rossi's 31-county winning streak fell only eight short of a statewide sweep. That was no accident. Since being elected as state Republican...
  • Democrats weaken GOP stronghold in the suburbs

    11/14/2004 12:12:09 PM PST · by Kuksool · 19 replies · 1,745+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | November 14, 2004 | Sara Burnett, Eric Krol and John Patterson
    The Tenth Dems knew they were gaining ground when a Republican spy showed up. The mole attended a March meet-up in Lake County of John Kerry supporters, sponsored by the Tenth Dems, a group of 10th Congressional District Democrats. On a conservative Illinois political Web site later that same night, the spy reported back. More than 40 "eager" volunteers attended, the mole wrote. They even collected checks written out to "John Kerry for President." "If we could only get something this effective ... going for our candidates," the writer mused. The Republicans were right to be worried, and a bit...
  • Take a Ride to Exurbia

    11/08/2004 9:32:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1,070+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 9, 2004 | DAVID BROOKS
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Orlando, Fla.— About six months ago I came out with a book on the booming exurbs - places like the I-4 corridor in central Florida and Henderson, Nev. These are the places where George Bush racked up the amazing vote totals that allowed him to retain the presidency. My book started with Witold Rybczynski's observation that America's population is decentralizing faster than any other society's in history. People in established suburbs are moving out to vast sprawling exurbs that have broken free of the gravitational pull of the cities and now exist in their own world far beyond....
  • How GOP Can Win Suburbs

    09/06/2004 11:19:31 AM PDT · by Scenic Sounds · 35 replies · 779+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | September 6, 2004 | John Patterson
    NEW YORK - In Illinois politics, the old adage about nice guys finishing last will be turned on its head this fall. Nice guys - and women - will win the suburbs. If President Bush and Illinois Republicans hope to win Illinois, they must focus on the suburbs, say moderate GOP members. Both around Chicago and around the nation, the suburban vote is considered in play largely because the people who call the suburbs home refuse to be pinned down by politics. And the first key to winning their votes is to tone down the partisan rhetoric. That's the advice...
  • Serenity can be found in accepting the rise of Minnesota suburbs

    08/08/2004 9:28:19 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 8, 2004 | Sarah Janecek
    Sometimes the slips of the tongue speak volumes. In his speech to the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., eloquently described America as a compact, a bargain, a contract, "It says that all of us are connected. Our fates are intertwined." He then went on to imply that Republicans seek to divide the country, "One community against another. Urban vs. rural. City against suburb." But Kennedy mangled the pronunciation of suburb. Several times. It reminded me of the speech President Bush gave last spring at the U.S. Army War College. Bush stumbled over and then mispronounced Abu Ghraib, the...
  • What's Preventing Utopia?

    08/02/2004 8:55:24 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 29 replies · 901+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, August 1, 2004 | Charles Smith
    It's long been an irony that the same American who gushes over a delightful corner patisserie in the 16th arrondissement buys into a subdivision that is the antithesis of Parisian street life. There are no corner bakeries in the gently curving streets of suburbia, for an Old World clutter of transit, shops and residences is precisely what's been designed out of the suburban landscape. Does the irony lie in our rote desire for a suburban home, or in the fact we've had so few choices? Many of us would love to live in an urban neighborhood rich with transit and...
  • (President) Bush Heads to Suburbs Seeking Votes

    07/14/2004 8:57:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 427+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 7/14/04 | Scott Lindlaw - AP
    WAUKESHA, Wis. - President Bush (news - web sites) woke up in downtown Milwaukee Wednesday, but his campaign bus promptly headed for the suburbs and even farther out — Republican territory where aides believe his re-election hopes can flourish this year. Members of the Bush team say the rapidly growing suburbs and far-flung "exurbs" ringing cities such as Milwaukee and Green Bay, with their white, affluent, church-going populations, can counter the heavy Democratic turnout in urban areas and tip the balance in his favor. "If you're somebody who moved into Fond du Lac or West Bend in the last year...
  • Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia(Good read, NOT the usual liberal reflexive suburban culture bashing)

    04/13/2004 10:19:44 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 31 replies · 599+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/04/04 | David Brooks
    We're living in the age of the great dispersal. Americans continue to move from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and West. But the truly historic migration is from the inner suburbs to the outer suburbs, to the suburbs of suburbia. From New Hampshire down to Georgia, across Texas to Arizona and up through California, you now have the booming exurban sprawls that have broken free of the gravitational pull of the cities and now float in a new space far beyond them. For example, the population of metropolitan Pittsburgh has declined by 8 percent since 1980, but as...
  • Suburbs boot ball-playing kids from their city streets

    04/07/2004 9:57:59 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 47 replies · 345+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 4-7-04 | Darren A Nichols
    <p>DEARBORN — Ball-playing on the blacktop, a sacred suburban tradition to some and an outright nuisance to others, may soon become a crime in Dearborn.</p> <p>Echoing safety concerns throughout Metro Detroit about kids playing in streets, Dearborn is weighing a proposal that would make it illegal to set up hoops, hockey nets or other recreational equipment on public streets.</p>
  • Monroe (County) 'burbs battle intersection woes

    02/11/2004 5:16:10 AM PST · by bc2 · 6 replies · 143+ views
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2004 | Enid Arbelo
    Monroe (County) 'burbs battle intersection woes Concerns rise as whizzing traffic follows growth in certain areas By Enid Arbelo Staff writer (February 11, 2004) — Jerri Kaiser used to walk her 5-year-old daughter Madison across Buffalo Street to Churchville Elementary School every morning. But Kaiser soon began to fear speeding commuters who would rush to work, disobeying the 35 mph speed limit. “We literally had to run for our lives,” Kaiser said. Now, six months into the school year, Madison takes a five-minute bus ride across the street to get to school. The school needs a crosswalk and a flashing...
  • City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar

    01/28/2004 5:10:18 PM PST · by rmlew · 56 replies · 270+ views
    AP based on Manhattan Institute ^ | January 28, 2004 | BEN FELLER,
    WASHINGTON - People who flee urban schools in pursuit of more wholesome settings may be surprised by this report card: Suburban students engage in just as much sex, drugs and fighting as city kids do. The desks may be newer, the paint may be fresher and the faces may be whiter, but the students are just as likely to have sex, use controlled substances and break the law," says the report released Wednesday by The Manhattan Institute, a New York-based conservative think tank. Authors Jay Greene and Greg Forster analyzed student survey data collected from the same group of students...
  • Where Friends of Bears Foresee Slaughter, Homeowners See Defense Against Invasion[hunt starts today]

    12/08/2003 3:48:13 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 28 replies · 199+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 8, 2003 | ROBERT HANLEY
    To the pro-hunt residents of northwestern New Jersey, the black bears have become too close, too bold and too dangerous. The bears, they say, routinely roam backyards and sometimes barge into houses looking for food — usually household garbage, but occasionally pork chops and brownies. The bears wander around playgrounds and bus stops, frightening children. And they have killed pet rabbits, goats and sheep. To those weary, and wary, of living with black bears, New Jersey's first bear hunt since 1970 is long overdue. "We do have a definite problem with the bears, and we need to do whatever is...
  • Pennsylvania Republicans Score Key Suburban Victories (cheer up!)

    11/05/2003 8:08:50 AM PST · by republicanwizard · 2 replies · 116+ views ^ | 11/5/2003 | RepublicanWizard
    Ladies and Gentlemen, Fellow Freepers, I'm sure many of you are disgusted by the apparent Democrat landslides in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In the former, we were running against a man who made a crass appeal to race in a city where it worked. Sam Katz did his best, but he couldn't win. Just remember the Street campaign and use it as an example when Democrats accuse us of employing "a Southern Strategy" on the backroads of the South. In Pittsburgh, yeah, we lost. Just remember that Murphy is up next year if we want revenge. Of course we lost at...
  • AP: Environmentalist attacks hit suburbs

    10/01/2003 1:52:08 PM PDT · by bedolido · 14 replies · 278+ views
    Salon ^ | 10/01/03 | Seth Hettena and Laura Wides
    Oct. 1, 2003 | SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A sabotage campaign by the nation's most radical environmental group has moved from the countryside to the doorstep of the nation's biggest cities. The Earth Liberation Front, a movement that originated in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, has claimed responsibility for a string of arsons in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Detroit, San Diego and Philadelphia in the past 12 months. No one has been charged in any of the attacks. The attacks, which included the costliest act of environmental sabotage in U.S. history, have targeted luxury homes and SUVs, the...
  • Tax limits squeeze inner-ring suburbs (Crying about Headlee amendment, unable to raise taxes)

    09/08/2003 10:53:19 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 5 replies · 213+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 9-8-03 | Mike Wowk, Joel Kurth and Amy Lee
    <p>LIVONIA -- Library hours are dwindling in Livonia. Fewer police officers patrol Hazel Park and Oak Park. Aging bleachers aren't replaced in Eastpointe.</p> <p>Normal budget-tightening during tough times? More like a sign of things to come, say leaders of aging Metro Detroit suburbs who argue they're hamstrung by Proposal A and the Headlee Amendment, which are laws that limit the amount of taxes Michigan governments can collect.</p>
  • Study: Immigration Biggest Contributor to Sprawl (87% of Growth Attributed to Immigrants)

    09/08/2003 4:27:52 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 45 replies · 647+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON — A new study suggests the only way to put a stop to rampant suburban sprawl is not better planning and zoning, or even encouraging people to move back into the cities, but by curbing immigration.</p> <p>In August, the Center for Immigration Studies (search) and NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation (search) released a new study that already has drawn criticism from anti-sprawl activists.</p>
  • Sprawling Suburbs May Help Fuel Obesity

    09/01/2003 6:22:01 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 25 replies · 270+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Aug. 28, 2003 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON - Sprawling suburbs that make it harder for people to get around without a car may help fuel obesity: Americans who live in the most sprawling counties tend to weigh 6 more pounds than their counterparts in the most compact areas. Adding to the sprawl concern: Pedestrians and bicyclists are much more likely to be killed by passing cars here than in parts of Europe where cities are engineered to encourage physical activity - and whose residents typically are skinnier and live longer than the average American. Those are conclusions of major new studies being published Thursday that call...
  • Study Links Urban Sprawl to Obesity

    08/29/2003 2:26:04 AM PDT · by The Raven · 23 replies · 296+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 29, 2003 | ANDREA PETERSEN
    <p>Residents of counties characterized by urban sprawl are more likely to weigh more, be obese and have high blood pressure, according to a new study.</p> <p>While it seems logical that people living in compact cities would walk and bike more, reaping the health benefits of exercise, this is the first large-scale nationwide study to both link sprawl with negative health outcomes and to quantify them. The study, involving researchers from several major universities and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was released Thursday in the American Journal of Health Promotion.</p>
  • Urban Sprawl Makes Americans Fat, Study Finds (wtf? alert)

    08/28/2003 8:11:38 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 11 replies · 348+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 28, 2003 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You drive to work, you drive your kids to school, you drive to the grocery store -- no wonder you have put on a few pounds. U.S. researchers said on Thursday they had quantified the price of living in sprawled-out American communities and weight gain leads the list -- six pounds on average, to be precise. Their findings, published in special issues of the American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Health Promotion, are aimed at urban planners, county and city councils and other groups involved in laying out communities. "We found that U.S....
  • A Shock To The System (Anna Quindlen Alert)

    08/21/2003 10:30:46 AM PDT · by Modernman · 16 replies · 169+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 8/25/03 | Anna Quindlen
    Irony of ironies, New York City may soon have a greater unbroken stretch of green (Happy 150th Birthday, Central Park!) than the suburbs that once lured its people with the promises of grass and trees. The animals thus become more and more of a nuisance: get out of our way! Occasionally, we are forcibly reminded that human beings have created an environment in which, in some ways, we have less control than ever before; after all, the lack of power is, by definition, powerlessness. Meanwhile New Jersey, the most densely populated state (in case you hadn’t noticed), wants very much...
  • Outsmarting Smart Growth--Study Finds Population Growth Key Reason for Sprawl;immigration-driven

    08/19/2003 2:49:17 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 9 replies · 189+ views
    Outsmarting Smart Growth -- Study Finds Population Growth Key Reason for Sprawl 8/19/03 4:02:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National and Assignment Desks, Daybook Editor Contact: John Keeley of the Center for Immigration Studies, 202-466-8185 or News Advisory: In recent years, a host of local governments, states, and non-profit organizations have adopted initiatives designed to save rural land from sprawl. Most anti-sprawl efforts have focused on Smart Growth strategies, which emphasize better planning to create more efficient land use. A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that this approach will have only limited success in saving rural...
  • Sen. Clinton Chided for Praising 'White Suburbs'

    08/07/2003 11:59:36 AM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 25 replies · 216+ views ^ | 8-7-03 | Carl Limbacher
    Sen. Hillary Clinton's recent praise for the "white suburbs" of her youth is drawing fire from two prominent civil rights groups, with leaders of both organizations agreeing that a Republican senator who made the same remark would be deluged with calls for his resignation. "Where's the outcry from the mainstream media and Democrats about Hillary Clinton's statements?" complained the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, head of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny[BOND]. "These people were all over Trent Lott calling him a racist and accusing him of being nostalgic about the Jim Crow era," Peterson told NewsMax. "This...
  • Hillary: I'm Grateful I Grew up in 'White Suburbs'

    08/04/2003 12:15:52 PM PDT · by socal_parrot · 26 replies · 473+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 8/3/3 | Hillary: I'm Grateful I Grew up in 'White Suburbs'
    Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003 3:17 p.m. EDTHillary: I'm Grateful I Grew up in 'White Suburbs' U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton said Friday that she was "very grateful" to have to grown up in "the 1950s white suburbs." Contending that conservatives wanted to roll back the civil rights movement, Sen. Clinton told American Constitution Society in Washington, D.C., that she was trying to figure out "what is that golden age that they want to go back to." Then, in a remark reminiscent of Sen. Trent Lott's praise last year for the segregationist presidential campaign of the late Strom Thurmond, the former...
  • Hillary: I'm Grateful I Grew up in 'White Suburbs'

    08/03/2003 1:10:35 PM PDT · by kattracks · 190 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | 8/03/03 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said Friday that she was "very grateful" to have to grown up in "the 1950's white suburbs." Contending that conservatives wanted to roll back the civil rights movement, Sen. Clinton told the American Constitution Society in Washington, D.C. that she was trying to figure out, "What is that golden age that they want to go back to?" Then, in a remark reminiscent of Sen. Trent Lott's praise last year for the segregationist presidential campaign of the late Strom Thurmond, the former first lady asked if conservatives meant to take the country "back to the...

    06/20/2003 9:02:43 AM PDT · by ewing · 42 replies · 380+ views
    Iranian Sudents for Democracy ^ | June 20, 2003 18:15 Local Times | staff report
    Heavy clashes are rocking at this time. (18:15-21:00 GMT/ local time) The [Riots are occuring in the] poor suburbs of Eslam Shahr and Ahmad Abad where more of the local food goverment food stocks are being kept.Thousands of people are in the streets and the regieme forces are trying to stop their progression. Those who were disinherited today were the former backbone of the regieme.Source:SMCCDI
  • Girl, 13, nearly dies from drinking; 6 teens face various charges resulting from Braintree incident

    03/31/2003 9:39:36 PM PST · by BansheeBill · 29 replies · 712+ views
    The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) ^ | 3/31/03 | CRAIG SALTERS
    <p>BRAINTREE - A 13-year-old girl told her mother she was going to a basketball game, but instead went drinking with a group of older youths.</p> <p>That decision nearly killed her.</p> <p>The girl was found beaten and unconscious on a steep, slippery embankment about a foot from the Monatiquot River with nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in her bloodstream.</p>
  • Suburban life pitting farmers vs. neighbors

    01/02/2003 7:41:58 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 38 replies · 823+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jan. 02, 2003 | Kaitlin Gurney
      Red barns and silver silos rise amid gently sloping fields of soybeans and tomatoes, a stone's throw from sprawling country estates on tree-shaded, winding roads.But in the idyllic setting of South Harrison, battle lines are being drawn between Gloucester County's rural past and its suburban future.On one side are farmers such as Lou Chiulli, who has 33 head of cattle on a plot of land behind his house on Franklinville Road. The money he makes by selling the cattle supplements his income from his 142 acres of organic crops and his job as a union tile-setter, he says.On the...