Tuesday, June 30, 2015
How Uber is gaining the headlines in the year 2015:
- Stunning pictures of Paris in chaos as anti-Uber taxi drivers ambush cars and set fires
- Uber backlash: taxi drivers' protests in Paris part of global revolt
- London streets blockaded as taxi drivers protest against Uber
... and how things might change in the future.
MT @lmonasterio Headline of a Newspaper in 2030: Protesting Uber Drivers Attack self-driving taxis #uber #automatedvehicles— Urban Demographics (@UrbDemogrphics) June 28, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
On this 25th of June I celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Urban Demographics blog. However, only now I found time to post our annual review because of other commitments.
Here are some stats that show a summary of the blog over the past year. Please, feel free to drop me a line (email or comments) with suggestions on how to improve Urban Demographics blog. If you have any criticisms, please direct them to this other blog here.
- 169 posts
- 58,452 visits by 37,533 visitors
- 2,681 followers on Twitter
- 1,553 likes on Facebook
- 311 rss subscribers
The most popular posts:
and 5 of my favourite posts:
Where do readers come from? (180 Countries, or 5,433 Cities)
- Tyler Cowen on Who benefits most from Uber?
- Volcano urbanism
- Which chart should you use to show this data?
- The LSE Cities program is hiring a spatial analyst. The closing date for applications is 12 July (ht Juliano Spyer)
- Where are the World's Straightest Roads?
- Paul Roemer on Urbanization versus GDP per Capita
- Environment Agency makes LiDAR data open in the UK
- Robot opera singer premieres in Berlin
- Length of the average master’s thesis in different fields of study (via Nathan Yau)
[image credit: bckmw]
Friday, June 26, 2015
Quick post: Gay Marriage became legal in all of the US states today!
The Supreme Court on Friday said that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry, effectively requiring that the 13 states that prohibit such unions reverse those bans. Over the last two years, the number of states authorizing gay marriage had expanded rapidly because of legislative decisions, referendums or court orders.
[image credit: Haeyoun Park for the NYT]
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Rob Whitworth is among the most prominent film makers and with some of the most amazing time lapse videos. I first got to know Rob's work thanks to Aaron Renn, who gathers a great collection of time lapse videos on his website, The Urbanophile.
I try to follow Rob's work since I watched his great video on the frenetic traffic in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) in 2011, one of my favorites.
Since then, Rob has made some beautiful videos of Shanghai, Barcelona, Kuala Lampur and ! Pyongyang, in North Korea. More recently, he came up with a stunning video of Dubai at high speed. Best viewed full screen and in high definition.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Jonn Elledge (editor of the great website City Metrics) points out to this amazing map showing the population changes of every European municipality between 2001 and 2011. The colors represent average annual population variation, where red gradients represent growth rates between 0 and 2 per cent or over, and blue gradients represent depopulation rates of the same magnitudes. Yellow areas are stable.
Despite converging trends of low fertility and mortality rates in European countries, the map shows a tremendous diversity in the population dynamics of European municipalities, mostly driven by migration trends. A common trend in almost all countries, though, is the population growth in cities and suburban municipalities. This population shift to cities also present remarkably different patterns in different countries, what probably gives some good material for researchers working on spatial demography and urbanization. There are plenty other interesting things to comment on this map but this would go beyond my capacity
and my procrastination time limit .
The maps was created by the German Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) and you can check a high definition version of the map here.
Population Growth Rates of European municipalities, 2001-2011
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published this month their annual report on Global Trends of forced migration and refugees.
Sergio Peçanha and Tim Wallace have done a terrific job in mapping the data and summarizing some of the key findings for the NYT (ht Harvey Miller).
The figures are staggering.
"Nearly 60 million people are displaced around the world because of conflict and persecution, the largest number ever recorded by the United Nations. About 14 million of those fled in 2014, according to a report released this week."
"About 11.6 million Syrians have been displaced, nearly half of Syria’s entire population."
Origin-Destination Flows of Refugees
Friday, June 19, 2015
- Google is starting a new company to improve cities
- paper - Why the racial gap in life expectancy is declining in the United States
- Research Questions in Urban Ecological Sustainability
- Einstein on Socialism (ht Pedro Souza)
- The anatomy of urban social networks (ht Anna Hushlak)
- What is the origin of the word ‘posh’?
- Routledge has recently launched a new
intriguingpeer-reviewed journal on porn studies
- Nathan Yau has done a great job in recreating the 1874 Statistical Atlas of the United States using the 2010 Census data
- A great interactive data visualization of urban expansion in Las Vegas
[image credit: ProPublica]