Women have more options, for one. But a new poll also shows that financial insecurity is altering a generation’s choices. Philip Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland who studies families and has written about fertilitysaid, “There is no getting around the fact that the relationship between gender equality and fertility is very strong: There are no high-fertility countries that are gender equal.”
After withstanding the hundreds if not thousands of store closings over the last 18 months, the neighborhood and community shopping center industry suffered its worst quarter in nine years with negative net absorption of 3.8 million square feet. This pushed the overall vacancy rate to 10.2% from 10.0 percent where it had held steady for the four previous quarters.
US retail is, at present in robust good health, as measured by the most important metric: overall year-on-year revenue. What’s going on is not an apocalypse, but an ever-accelerating, very-Darwinian process of natural selection.
It is indeed possible to have a city full of low-rise buildings that is still compact enough for excellent transit service—but only if most side streets are used for mid-rise buildings instead of houses.
We know that people often choose driving over more convenient modes for irrational reasons, like perceiving that public transportation will take more time or be more expensive than it actually is. But that’s only part of it.
Federal District Court Judge William Alsup dismissed the “global warming” lawsuits of the cities of Oakland and San Francisco against large oil and gas companies, His opinion offers important lessons in history, logic and public policy.