April 6, 2015 |
For Marjie Versagli, owner of Malvern Flowers & Gifts, this used to be peak season - prom corsages, Mother's Day bouquets. But that's changed. Now, she's busier year-round. About 20 miles away, the Lower Merion School District is in a building frenzy, adding a dozen classrooms and repurposing gymnasiums and other spaces to accommodate its largest enrollment increase in nearly 40 years. The blooming flower business and the Lower Merion crowding are symptomatic of the region's shifting demographics.
April 3, 2015
IF WE Philadelphians have a fault, it's that we put our blinders on when it comes to the rest of the state. That's a mistake. We are the state's largest county, but there are 66 more. We are all in the same boat called the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our fate locally is linked to the state's. Gov. Wolf understands this. His budget proposal doesn't target one area over another. He wants to create a rising tide for everyone, regardless of whether they live on Venango Street or in Venango County.
March 28, 2014
A story Thursday about population growth in Philadelphia incorrectly gave the latest estimate of the city's population. The city had 1,553,165 residents as of 2013, according to the census.
October 24, 2013 |
William J.T. Strahan did not need the U.S. Department of Labor to tell him how September's job situation stacked up. Strahan, executive vice president for human resources for Comcast Cable, already knew the score based on his company's experience: "Overall, hiring is slightly up. " And so it was nationwide, according to the Department of Labor's belated September job report. The nation's payrolls expanded by 148,000 jobs in September; the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 7.2 percent, from 7.3 percent, according to the report, which was delayed because of the federal government's shutdown.
November 29, 2012 |
SUBURBAN SPRAWL, be damned! Lured by jobs, city amenities and the ability to get around without a car, more people are living in Center City, resulting in the rebound of a housing market severely damaged in the 2008-09 recession, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corp. The population of "greater" Center City - 180,000 residents, living from river to river and from Tasker Street to Girard Avenue - soared 10.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, so that Philadelphia now has the third-largest downtown population among American cities (behind New York and Chicago)
November 1, 2012 |
BEIJING - A government think tank is urging Chinese leaders to start phasing out China's one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy. Some demographers see the timeline put forward by the China Development Research Foundation as a bold move by the body close to the central leadership. Others warn that the gradual approach, if implemented, would still be insufficient to help correct the problems that China's strict birth limits have created.
October 6, 2012
Feral cats While "Addressing feral-cat population" (Sept. 26) suggests methods by which to control that population, those ideas first need to become law and be enforced. This does not help the current population, for which the only options are abandonment, leaving the cats to chance and encouraging uncontrolled growth, and shelters, which frequently deem feral cats and panicked strays "unadoptable" and kill them. Trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs provide a humane option by controlling the population growth and reducing the spread of disease through vaccination.
September 28, 2012 |
The downtowns of many of the nation's biggest urban areas - including Philadelphia - saw double-digit population growth from 2000 to 2010, according to a new Census report. The numbers also show a reversal of sorts as younger, white, Non-Hispanics seem to be the drivers of the trend. The report released today shows that downtowns, defined as areas within two miles of a city hall, have been driving population growth in metropolitan areas with more than 5 million people. Both The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News have written stories documenting the trend locally.
July 30, 2012 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's new message to parents: Get busy and have babies. In a major reversal of once far-reaching family planning policies, authorities are now slashing its birth-control programs in an attempt to avoid an aging demographic similar to many Western countries that are struggling to keep up with state medical and social security costs. The changes - announced in Iranian media last week - came after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the country's wide-ranging contraceptive services as "wrong.
April 6, 2012 |
The nation's prolonged economic downturn appears to have claimed another victim: expansion of suburbs at the edges of metropolitan areas. For the first time in almost two decades, data released by the Census Bureau show, the annual growth rate of cities and adjacent communities has surpassed metropolitan fringe areas. Since 2010, the data show, cities and older "ring" suburbs have posted an annual 0.8 percent increase in growth, compared with 0.4 percent for exurbs. That means some of the fastest-growing edge areas disappeared from a list they had dominated for most of the previous decade.